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Delaware busy as summer stirs

By Alex Kielar
Posted 5/16/23

HORTONVILLE   — The Town of Delaware has continued to be busy as the town head towards the summer months.  

According to Building Inspector Kris Scullion, the Town had a lot of …

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Delaware busy as summer stirs


HORTONVILLE  — The Town of Delaware has continued to be busy as the town head towards the summer months. 

According to Building Inspector Kris Scullion, the Town had a lot of little projects last month before one big one just last week. 

“We had a $2,000 permit last week,” he said. “That was for one house and more than what we took in.” 

Scullion also reported that he got a couple other house permits that haven’t been processed yet. He said that they started on another couple houses that were permitted from last year, including a little foundation on 17B. 

“People are still catching up,” he said. “Like everybody says, there wasn’t enough people to do all the buildings. It’s busy.”

He also said that there have been a lot of landlord-tenant complaints such as garbage and noise complaints. 

“We’re trying to deal with all of those things, little by little,” he said.

Town Clerk Tess McBeath backed up Scullion’s report of a busy season. 

“Our April receipts totaled $1,666,” she said. “Of that, $1,419 was in building fees.”

Update on the new water system 

As the Democrat previously reported, the Town of Delaware’s Engineer Bill Brown is the Project Engineer for the hamlet of Callicoon’s new water system and wastewater system. 

Brown reported that the project is on schedule. One of the biggest upgrades will be replacing the wells currently in place with new wells that are compliant with current regulations. 

Sterling Environmental, who the Town hired to oversee the drilling, drafted up a bid specification. After opening bids on Tuesday, they received three of them. 

There are three components to the proposal and Brown said they wants the pricing to be built into one bid package. 

“I think we have some good numbers and we will be able to get more work done soon,” Brown said. 

Other business

Town Clerk McBeath reported that the Town of Delaware had a successful litter pluck on Earth Day - April 22. 

“I had 10 people show up to help and we picked up 16 bags of garbage off of Fosterdale Hill,” she said. 

She gave a shoutout to Tanyia Vannatta and Zack Scheitlin for all the work they did in setting up the event. McBeath also gave a special thank you to Ashley Hall-Bagdonas from the Upper Delaware Council for coordinating the whole thing. 

McBeath also reminded residents that the Callicoon Country Fair has been moved from June 30 to June 24. 

McBeath said that the Town Clerk’s Association Founder Scholarship that she awarded was “actually a pretty big deal.” 

“I had to stand up in front of 300 some clerks and they gave me a really nice plaque,” she said. 

McBeath also reminded residents that the cleanup and shredding event are scheduled for this Saturday. 

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town barn and the shredding is from 9:30 a.m. from 12:30 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park. 

The Board also approved the $25 Clerk fee for One-Day Marriage Officiant. They also approved the removal of trees down by the sewer plant. The trees are reportedly cutting off the river view by the viaduct. 


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