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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

Economic development summit in Owasco touts “great opportunities”

Economic development summit in Owasco touts “great opportunities”
A group of about 100 people with a vested interest in the economic development of upstate New York were packed into the Emerson Park Pavilion in Owasco Tuesday. The LOCATE Finger Lakes initiative hosted its first Economic Development Summit at the pavilion. Various business leaders and owners from throughout the state attended the event. The initiative, directed by former state... more

New court date set for Owasco farm owner cited for illegally housing workers

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The case of a town of Owasco farmer cited for illegally housing workers has been delayed until November after a planned court appearance Monday was adjourned. Joseph Tidd, owner of Melrose Farms in Owasco, was set to to appear before Justice Mark DiVietro to hear what fines would be imposed against him for violating multiple town orders by housing workers in a... more

OWLA reveals results of 2017 Owasco Lake tributary sampling

OWLA reveals results of 2017 Owasco Lake tributary sampling
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association released the results of its 2017 Tributary Sampling Results survey, a program designed to identify potential sources of harmful algal bloom-promoting nutrients for mitigation projects. OWLA Board of Directors member Dana Hall, speaking at a meeting of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council Tuesday, explained how OWLA took samples from 17 of Owasco Lake’s tributaries... more
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