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November 14, 2007

Flood-ravaged Cat Hollow to reopen Friday

DELHI _ Delaware County Route 7, also known as state Route 206 or Cat Hollow Road, will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday after being closed to traffic for five months after the June 19 flooding in Colchester.

Margaretville Supervisor Len Utter, chairman of the Delaware County Public Works committee, made the announcement at the Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday.

"Sorry, we fell a little behind schedule," Utter said, noting several factors caused the delay, including equipment breakdowns.

"There will be a lot of happy people in Walton," Supervisor John Meredith said.

Colchester Supervisor Bob Homovich said that county Route 7, which runs between Downsville and Roscoe, is "one of the high-traffic gateways into the county.

"No one is happier to see it open than me," Homovich continued. "During the last few weeks, people got a little cantankerous because of the inconvenience."

Board Chairman James Eisel said he toured the rebuilt road with Public Works Commissioner Wayne Reynolds and Homovich.

"It's a super highway _ really nice," Eisel said of the 11-mile stretch of road.

Homovich said he had been trying to determine the cost of repairing the roads and bridges in Colchester damaged by floods during the last three years.

"It has got to be close to $50 million," Homovich said.

He added that this is the season to be thankful.

"Sometimes it's best to stop and give thanks for what we have got," Homovich said. "A lot of good things have come out of the tragedies that happened here. We should be thankful for all the help we have gotten from the government and from all the good people who came here to help us."

2008 budget

The board also got its first look at the tentative 2008 county budget. Meredith, the county budget director, said the proposed budget has an increase of less than 2 percent, and added that he expects the percentage to go down after expected changes.

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