Welcome to The Town of Olive!

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains of New York State is 40,000 acres named the Town of Olive. In 1824, theory has it that it was so named from the biblical story of the dove returning to Noah’s ark with an Olive branch. The Ashokan Reservoir geographically divides Olive–north and south. The hamlets around the shoreline are Boiceville, Olivebridge, Samsonville, Krumville, Shokan, West Shokan, and Ashokan.

The passing of the Water Act of 1905 led to the building of the handmade Ashokan Dam on the Esopus Creek and upon its completion in 1916 created the Ashokan Reservoir, a main water supply for the City of New York-Olive’s largest landowner. The demand for pure, clean drinking water for New York City inhabitants changed the course of history for the Town of Olive and still has an impact on everyday life. The Town center and the majority of the Town’s residents were forced from the rich Esopus Valley and relocated to the nearby foothills. In May of 1997 Land Use Regulations, which could become a model for the rest of the country, became effective as a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between Watershed Towns and the City of New York to provide for protection of water quality throughout the New York City Watershed.

Traveling west on State Route 28, Olive is thirty minutes from Kingston, New York—the first capitol of New York State-and is a little more than an hour travel time to the current state capitol of Albany. Being only two hours north of New York City and totally within the Catskill State Park, Olive has been a seasonal recreational area for New Yorkers. The boarding house days and hunting camps of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s have vanished and are now seasonal second homes or primary residences for many city folk.

The major industries of timber harvesting, tanneries, and excelsior mills, which once ravaged the mountains of Olive, have long vanished as the Catskill Forest Preserve was created in 1885 keeping forever the preserve as wild forest lands. The Catskills have been a favorite tourist destination for over 100 years. Today’s Olive is primarily residential in nature, with a large percentage of seasonal residents, and a limited number of backyard farms with victory gardens.

October 14th Town Board Meeting

Due to Columbus Day the Town Board will not have a workshop/audit meeting on Monday preceding the regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  We will be meeting on Tuesday, October 14th, 7 pm at the Town Meeting Hall.   The Town Board has held three tentative budget workshop meetings on September 30th, October 6th & 9th and as of this posting the tentative budget shows a 2.6% increase.  As a Board we are working together to scrutinize the needs of the various departments and prioritize the needed infrastructure repairs.   The 2o15 Preliminary Budget is not finalized as of this posting but will be available within the next two weeks.

Some of the items the Town Board will consider include Resolution #14 of 2014 Unified Solar Permit .  Under the New York Sun Initiative the State is encouraging solar expansion and wants to see the costs come down.  Solar panels are already decreasing in cost; however, contractors say the soft costs of paperwork are a problem.  The Town will pay a $55 fee to apply for the permit to provide an expedited solar permit process for small-scale solar electric systems.  The Town Building Department will oversee the permit process.  After passing the resolution we will make application through Consolidated Funding as NYSERDA is  offering a $2,500.00 incentive to municipalities who adopt the Unified Solar Permit.

The Ulster County Supervisors’ Association has unanimously contacted the UCRRA about the increased charges schedule to be incurred by our Transfer Stations in the coming year.  Of particular concern is the proposed container rental fees and “pull charges” for recyclables.  With the exception of cardboard, we are the source of clean separated recyclables which are sold by the UCRRA at a much higher price than the co-mingled recyclables (which has largely no or very limited value) the UCRRA receives from private haulers.  We already bear a higher cost for separating recyclables at our Transfer Stations and this environmentally responsible practice provides revenue for the UCRRA.  The Association requests that towns not be charged “pull” fees or bin rental fees for recyclables.  Instead these costs should be shared by all by raising the tipping fee for everyone by $2.00 per ton or by the county handling those costs by paying a net service fee equal to that amount.   The Town of Olive will consider Resolution #15 of 2014 Supporting Change in Rates from UCRRA on Tuesday night.

The Town Board will also approve a 9:00 pm curfew on Halloween for those ages 16 and under.

Your attendance at Town Board meetings is welcomed.



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