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Town of Mentz considering solar, transfer station projects

Town of Mentz considering solar, transfer station projects
The Mentz Town Board is in the preliminary stages of considering proposals to build both a solar array and a garbage transfer station on the town’s old, capped landfill. Developer Abundant Solar has proposed leasing just under 10 acres of the town’s land to host a solar array, while the Dependable Disposal waste management company has offered to buy 20... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He joined us for a follow-up conversation in this week’s Sunday Conversation. He talked about policing during the summer months, recruiting concerns... more

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues
A Mentz resident was arrested on felony charges following an investigation involving deputies and CPS investigators. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Timothy K. Hoisington, 27, of Mentz when he was found to be operating a marijuana growth operation. Members of the Sheriff’s Office – who were working with Cayuga County Child Protective Services responded to the... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Teen accused of raping 10-year-old in Cayuga County

Teen accused of raping 10-year-old in Cayuga County
Troopers report the arrest of a 15-year-old in Cayuga County on felony charges following an investigation. The unnamed teen was charged with first-degree rape, which is a Class B felony. The teen is accused of having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl. The incident, which prompted the state police investigation allegedly took place on April 13th. The incident was reported... more

DEC halts Cayuga Regional Digster’s waste shipments from NYC; Bronx transport station has past issues

DEC halts Cayuga Regional Digster’s waste shipments from NYC; Bronx transport station has past issues
The state suspended on Wednesday waste shipments from a Bronx transfer station to the Cayuga Regional Digester after a surprise inspection of the Auburn facility March 11 turned up evidence of a host of permit violations. Also banned are any shipments of source-separated organics from New York City’s Department of Sanitation. The alleged violations are spelled out in a Mar. 27,... more

DEC cites Cayuga Regional Digester after surprise inspection on March 11th

DEC files Notice of Violation against Cayuga Regional Digester after surprise inspection
The Cayuga Regional Digester has been cited by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he felt he was being “strong-armed” to process truckloads of illicit types of waste. A citizen complaint, led by... more

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

Erie Canal grant may be ‘dead in the water’ due to Mentz, Port Byron pullouts

Erie Canal grant may be ‘dead in the water’ due to Mentz, Port Byron pullouts
The town of Brutus is close to losing a $418,000 state grant after another project partner, the town of Mentz, completely withdrew from an intermunicipal effort to rewater the Erie Canal. The planning grant for a Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project was originally awarded to the village of Port Byron by the state Regional Economic Development Council. The... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project
The fate of the project to rewater the Erie Canal is in flux nearly a year after Port Byron received a $418,300 state Regional Economic Development Council planning grant. In December 2017, Port Byron was awarded the grant for the Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project, which would also involve Mentz and Brutus, as the lead agency. The purpose... more

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages
Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County. According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Running unopposed, Brian Schenck looks to build community in Cayuga Co.

INSIDE THE FLX: Brian Schenck looks to become next sheriff in Cayuga County
Who will be the next sheriff in Cayuga County? Lt. Brian Schenck believes it should be him; and after Sheriff David Gould announced that he would not seek re-election – Schenck stepped up to the plate. On Wednesday, he visited the FingerLakes1.com studio where he discussed his campaign, local issues around policing, and how he aims to continue improving community... more

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs
Construction resumed Thursday on a controversial 10-million-gallon manure lagoon that state officials had recently ruled to be in violation of state regulations. Neighbors of the rural site 30 miles west of Syracuse say they fear the project will foul the air, threaten their groundwater and ruin the value of their homes. They’ve flocked to public meetings, posted anti-lagoon yard signs... more

Mentz manure lagoon work halted by DEC

The manure lagoon construction that caught Mentz residents by surprise last week has currently ceased progress due to a notice of violation issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC had stated on July 24 that Hourigan Dairy Farm, which owns the land off of Maiden Lane Road in Mentz that the manure lagoon is being installed on,... more

Auburn man charged with DWI in Mentz

On Sunday a 35-year-old Auburn man was arrested for driving while intoxiated after a traffic stop in Mentz. William R. Garrigan III, 35, of Auburn was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent and moving from lane unsafely. Garrigan was stopped in the Town of Mentz for moving from lane unsafely.... more

Rake the lake: Shoreline weeds, debris could be part of Owasco Lake’s harmful algae recipe

2017 was a rough year for Owasco Lake, but John Halfman has some ideas for improving its water quality and keeping harmful algal blooms from turning its beaches to pea soup. Halfman, professor of geolimnology and hydrogeochemistry at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, gave his annual lake water quality report Tuesday morning. It started out... more
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