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Owasco Lake council holds first meeting with new director at helm

Owasco Lake council holds first meeting with new director at helm
The newly-hired executive director of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council led the group's meeting for the first time Tuesday, and discussed several early ideas to protect the lake. After two weeks acclimating to the position, Dr. Adam Effler, hired in January as the council's first full-time director, has "hit the ground running," Council Chair Ed Wagner said. "He has... more

Owasco approves a bid for phase one of a water quality improvement project

Owasco approves a bid for phase one of a water quality improvement project
The town of Owasco accepted a bid for the first phase of the town’s water quality improvement project during a special meeting Thursday morning. The town’s Permanent Granular Activated Carbon Microcystin Treatment System Project has the purpose of transitioning the town’s temporary carbon filtration system into a permanent system. The carbon filtration units are able to remove microcystin and other... 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

Owasco Lake council close to hiring executive director

Owasco Lake council close to hiring executive director
The Owasco Lake Management Council is nearly ready to hire an executive director to coordinate the body’s work with all the groups that protect the lake. Council Vice Chair and Cayuga County Legislator Aileen McNabb-Coleman, D-Sennett, said Tuesday at a meeting of the council that the two finalists, down from the 30 resumes received and five interviewed, were put through... more

No new fines for Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers

No new fines for Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers
A judge Monday ordered no further fines in the case of Joseph Tidd, an Owasco farmer cited by the town earlier this year after he housed workers on his farm in violation of a town order. Owasco Town Justice Mark DiVietro on Monday did not issue any new fines against Tidd, owner of Melrose Farms, but ordered a one-year conditional... more

Two charged after fight, reported stabbing; one transported to Upstate Hospital

Two charged after fight, reported stabbing; one transported to Upstate Hospital
Two people were arrested after a fight and reported stabbing in Owasco last week. Sheriff Gould reports that on November 30th deputies responded to a domestic incident that occurred at 3582 Koenig Point Road in Owasco. The initial report indicated that two men were fighting and that one had stabbed the other, according to Gould. Investigation revealed that both of... more

Police in Auburn track down suspect after reported assault

Police in Auburn track down suspect after reported assault
Police followed footprints — and drops of blood — in the snow Thursday night in search of a suspect after receiving a report of a fight. Police were called to the area of Owasco Street near Walnut Street just before 10:30 p.m., where a bloodied victim was reported to have walked into the Owasco Mini Mart. Officers searched the neighborhood... more

Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers reimburses town

Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers reimburses town
Joseph Tidd, the owner of Melrose Farms in Owasco, reimbursed the town this week for attorney fees spent litigating his citations for illegally housing workers, according to Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner. The town first cited Tidd in February for a code violation after housing migrant workers on his dairy farm in a structure without a certificate of occupancy or... more

County health board fines Owasco farmer for septic violation

County health board fines Owasco farmer for septic violation
The Cayuga County Board of Health Tuesday issued a fine against the owner of Melrose Farms in Owasco for a septic violation in the same structure he was also cited for illegally housing workers in. The board unanimously voted in favor of a $1,000 fine against Joseph Tidd, with half refundable if he complies with the order to fix the... more

Case against Owasco farmer illegally housing workers again adjourned

Case against Owasco farmer illegally housing workers again adjourned
An Owasco farmer first cited by the town in September for illegally housing workers had his case Monday adjourned for the third time since October. Melrose Farms owner Joseph Tidd was cited in September after being caught housing workers on the farm, violating a February order not to house workersand their families in the structure that was not up to code. On... more

Owasco gets $2M to permanently install water filtration system

Owasco gets $2M to permanently install water filtration system
The town of Owasco received help from the state to temporarily address the threat of algal toxins in its drinking water supply. Now, it’s getting more support to permanently install systems to filter out any harmful substances. Owasco will receive an estimated $2.1 million grant for a $3.5 million project to permanently install its granular activated carbon filtration system, Gov.... more

Owasco finalizes 2019 budget, makes shifts in water service funding

Owasco finalizes 2019 budget, makes shifts in water service funding
With the approval of its 2019 budget Thursday, the Owasco Town Council voted to make substantial shifts in the way the town funds its water service. The town’s overall total appropriations for 2019 are $1,932,527, a 2-percent increase from the current spending plan. The amount to be raised by real property taxes for the general and highway funds is $307,325,... more

Illegal housing case for Owasco farmer adjourned pending fine determination

Illegal housing case for Owasco farmer adjourned pending fine determination
The case against an Owasco dairy farmer cited for illegally housing workers in substandard conditions was again adjourned Monday, this time in order for a possible fine structure to be considered. Melrose Farms owner Joseph Tidd, who was cited in September for illegally housing workers in a now-condemned structure after he was previously issued a cease-and-desist order, had his case... more

Cayuga County WQMA supports plan to lower level of Owasco Lake

Cayuga County WQMA supports plan to lower level of Owasco Lake
A proposed plan to lower the water level in Owasco Lake this winter in hopes of killing multiple types of invasive species received a boost Thursday as the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency voted in its support. The WQMA passed a resolution expressing support for a plan being considered by the city of Auburn to use a lowered lake... more
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