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Geneva Foundry claims moving forward

A recent conference with the state Court of Claims judge assigned to the case has resulted in a schedule of events to deal with the notices of claims filed Jan. 3 by 136 city property owners against the state, city and county over soil contamination by the former Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street. The judge has told attorney Steve Williams... more

Public hearing set for retreat site proposed in Richmond

The Richmond Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 21, on a resident’s request for special use of a 44.3-acre property. Scott Gillen seeks a special use permit for 8833 Briggs St. to allow “mindfulness retreats, meditation workshops, yoga and religious/spiritual ceremonies,” according to the application. Read more from the Canandaigua Messenger more

DEFEATED: Resolution calling for immediate sale of depot shot down by supervisors

Nearly an hour of debate and speakers. When all was said and done though, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors would defeat the resolution calling for the immediate sale of the former Seneca Army Depot. “It’s a complex deal,” Earl Martin explained to the board during his time addressing the collection of supervisors, county employees and members of the public.... more

Ontario County moving on goal to close landfill

With 11 years to go before the contract expires for the Ontario County landfill, there is no time to waste in reducing waste. The current county Board of Supervisors has the goal of closing the landfill beginning in 2028, when the county contract expires with landfill manager Casella Waste Systems Inc. Canadice Town Supervisor Kris Singer, who now heads the... more

Inside the FLX: IDA Exec. Director Bob Aronson talks depot, development, and more

“It was a great opportunity to do something for the home team.” That’s how Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Bob Aronson views his role in driving economic development. The IDA serves as an arm of government, which organizes and establishes deals to foster economic development. His roots run deep in Seneca County, as his grandfather’s business in downtown... more

SHOWDOWN: Motion to ax lease proposal goes before Seneca Co. BOS

It’s showdown time over the proposed lease-purchase of 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between Earl Martin and the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The Board of Supervisors’ Governmental Operations Committee voted 4-1 Jan. 24 on a non-binding resolution asking the IDA to “abandon both the lease and pursuit of a PILOT” for Martin... more

Watershed group rejects revised Everwilde plan in Bristol

A revised plan for the Everwilde Inn and Spa project doesn’t satisfy the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association. The nonprofit of 1,100 members is urging the South Bristol Town Board to reject the latest attempt by developers to move the project forward and eventually see their development on 45.7 acres on Seneca Point Road come to fruition. The plan needs “a... more

Auburn council considers temporary measure to treat water for algae toxins

Reaching a permanent solution to protect Auburn’s drinking water from harmful algae toxins will likely not be implemented until 2018 at the earliest, engineers said Thursday. City officials are keen not to have a repeat of last summer, during which low levels of microcystin — toxins that can be released from blue-green algae blooms — were detected on multiple occasions... more

Cortland County man jailed for illegal stormwater runoff that damaged cemetery

A Cortland County man has been sent to jail for failing to address illegal stormwater runoff from his property that has damaged a nearby cemetery and led to flooding on a local road. James Stevens, 70, of Cortlandville, was remanded to Cortland County Jail Tuesday by Judge Phillip Rumsey. The case involving Stevens dates back to 2012, when the state... more

Owasco Lake’s water quality better, but cyanobacteria problem worsens

John Halfman’s annual report on Owasco Lake called 2016 “a year of recovery.” While drought conditions distressed homeowners and farmers alike, the lack of rain gave the lake time to heal by preventing nutrients and sediment from running into the watershed. While the news appears good at first, Halfman, who is a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart... more

CLAY MINE: Court rules in favor of Concerned Citizens in SMI lawsuit

It was a good day for those who had been fighting the clay mine operation in Waterloo for the last several years. On Friday the New York State Court of Appeals reversed a decision made by Justice W. Patrick Falvey in the case Dixie D Lemmon and Concerned Citizens of Seneca County v. Seneca Meadows, James Cleere, Waterloo ode Enforcement,... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust conserves 470-acre West Hill farm

The Finger Lakes Land Trust today announced that it has accepted the donation of perpetual conservation easements that will conserve the 470-acre Sheffield Farm on Ithaca’s West Hill. This extensive property is one of the largest remaining privately owned parcels within the town of Ithaca and features extensive fields and woodlands as well as frontage on State Route 79, Bundy,... more

Auburn calls on state legislators to support proposed $2 million for water upgrades

Auburn councilors are calling on state legislators to support a proposed $2 million funding measure for upgrades to the water treatment facilities in the city and Owasco. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $2 million last month to include in the state’s 2017-2018 budget, which is due for adoption by April. The money would be used to help implement ways for... more

Dundee learns about solar projects

Speaking before one of the largest Dundee Rotary meetings in recent years, Suzanne Hunt, President of HuntGreen LLC, one of the leading renewable energy advisory firms in the world, outlined the benefits of larger scale community solar projects (CSPs) as compared to individual residential or business installations. Part of the Hunt family of Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport, Suzanne's experience... more

Attorneys seek dismissal of Greenidge lawsuit

The N.Y. State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the Greenidge Power Plant filed arguments in writing and in person to the Yates County Supreme Court Jan. 24 asking for the Article 78 filed against the DEC for its approval of the restart of the plant to be dismissed as “moot.” A lawyer from the N.Y.S. Attorney General’s office asked Ontario... more

Proposed Auburn algae toxin treatments could cost up to $15 million

The cost of installing blue-green algae toxin treatments to the city of Auburn’s plant will likely cost between $1.5 million and $15 million, city and Cayuga County leaders learned on Monday. Seth Jensen, director of Municipal Utilities for Auburn, said GHD Consulting Services Inc. met with local officials to go over preliminary results of the water treatment plant’s engineering study.... more

DEC seeks hunter input for 2017 waterfowl season

DEC seeks hunter input for 2017 waterfowl season
Hunters are invited to submit recommendations to regional Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces to help set the dates of the fall 2017 duck hunting seasons for each of the state’s waterfowl hunting zones by February 19th, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced last week. DEC evaluates Waterfowl Hunter Task Force recommendations in setting waterfowl seasons, which must... more

‘UP IN THE AIR’: Fayette Supervisor highlights issues with Depot bid process (podcast)

“We’re pretty much up in the air right now.” Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti sounded off on Tuesday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast highlighting a number of the issues she sees with the process that has resulted in a lease of the property. The option to lease the 7,000 acres was not on the table as the Seneca... more
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