CWC okays business loan, stormwater funds, trail design

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MARGARETVILLE, N.Y., April 19, 2017–The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on April 4 awarded a business loan to a Bovina caterer, approved construction funding for a school stormwater plan, and authorized an agreement with a firm to design recreational trails on state lands in Shandaken.

Deanna D’Angelo Karpe was approved for a loan to purchase, renovate and equip a c.1900 house on Bovina’s Main Street (1643 County Rte 6) to serve as headquarters for her new catering firm, Chef Deanna. Specializing in locally-sourced, organic and hand-made dishes, Chef Deanna will focus much of her business on the booming country wedding trade.

South Kortright Central School, which obtained CWC funds in 2016 to design stormwater controls in conjunction with a capital construction project, will now move forward with construction following approval of the CWC Board which approved an expenditure of up to $620,000. The work will be done by Boland’s Excavation & Top Soil of Conklin.

Tahawas Trails LLC will design cross country skiing and mountain bike trails in the Shandaken Wild Forest and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Intensive Use Area. The firm was among several bidders and was recommended by an advisory group to the CWC which is administering a $500,000 state budget item to improve access and recreational use of state lands in the Catskill Park.

Several projects to support and enhance recreation, tourism and economic development will be funded with this 2015-16 state Senate budget allocation, including development of a comprehensive outdoor recreation plan for the Catskill region, being done by Alta Planning and Design; the Shandaken trail design and construction; and completion of a number of access projects in the Catskill Forest Preserve and on New York City watershed lands in Delaware, Greene, and Ulster counties.

The CWC is a non-profit, Local Development Corporation responsible for several environmental protection, economic development and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River.