Williams Lumber hopes to ship up to 100 carloads of lumber a year out of the former Lowe’s Plumbing on Smith Avenue, which it owns, next to CSX tracks in Midtown as “an economic alternative to the high cost of shipping by truck.”
Contractors began ripping up 11.5 miles of county-owned U&D tracks at the Ashokan Reservoir last week to create a rail trail. Meanwhile, the rail operation at the eastern (Kingston) end of the tracks reported just over 24,000 riders on its Polar Express run from Kingston Plaza to West Hurley last November and December.
At issue is whether the railroad can be considered a “public transportation utility,” a designation that would allow the planning board to grant a special permit for storage of trains on property with residential zoning.
The railroad, facing a deadline from the county, moved its trains from the county tracks to CMRR property in January, without a floodplain permit.
Residents of the Town of Olive are up in arms about Rail Explorers, the company whose contract with Ulster County will allow them to run tours of rail bikes down the Ulster & Delaware tracks alongside 39 homes on Cold Brook Road, near Boiceville, beginning in August or September.
The railroad has been struggling for over a year to obtain permission from the town to move its trains from the Ulster County-owned tracks to its own property between Station Road and the Esopus Creek on the edge of the hamlet of Phoenicia. Neighbors oppose the move.
If an early June Time Warner News/Siena College poll on the 19th Congressional District primaries holds true, Democrat Zephyr Teachout
A bad deal The new sales tax agreement that was approved by the City of Kingston’s Common Council and Ulster
The Ulster County Legislature’s 18-4 approval of the sales tax agreement between the county and the City of Kingston was
It may be a month late — warp speed by government standards — but it appears the ducks are lined