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TWO YEARS OF PROGRESS: A closer look at efforts to combat substance use disorders & mental health awareness (series)

TWO YEARS OF PROGRESS: Seneca continues addiction, mental health efforts
Part I: Identifying the problem, weighing current challenges When it comes to creating awareness around mental health issues and substance use disorders – officials believe positive ground has been made up in the last few years. Margaret Morse, Director of Community Services for Seneca County agrees. Morse celebrated her two-year anniversary leading community service efforts in Seneca on Jan. 31,... more

Seneca Supervisors approved lower water payment to Varick

Seneca Supervisors approved lower water payment to Varick
A lengthy dispute over an unpaid water bill was settled Tuesday, and Seneca County will save $14,352. The county-managed Seneca County Water District No. 1 buys its water from the Seneca Lake Water District, which is run by the town of Varick. Varick gets the water from the village of Waterloo. The controversy started when a broken water meter resulted... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Melissa Taylor, Seneca Co. Emergency Management Director (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: Melissa Taylor, Seneca Co. Emergency Management Director (podcast)
Melissa Taylor resumed her position as Seneca County Director of Emergency Management in November after the Seneca County Board of Supervisors voted 13-0 to honor her request to withdraw her resignation letter from early in the year. On Monday, she is in-studio with Harold “Web Dog” Weber as a guest on Weber This Week to talk about her department, what... more

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the “expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to ‘centralize’ the two County Sewer Districts in Southern Seneca County.” It’s a project that would cost at least $24 million. That doesn’t mean the direction the County is mandated to go... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing mental health, substance use disorders, and progress (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing mental health, substance use disorders, and progress (podcast)
In 2018, the CDC produced new, shocking data that showed a 30 percent increase in suicide rates over the last two decades. That increase prompted a lot of discussion, dialogue, and ideas about what could be done differently to improve mental health treatment, services available, and remove stigma. Those efforts are now being realized in a number of unique, exciting... more

Seneca County IDA votes on tax abatement for Deer Haven Park

Seneca County IDA votes on tax abatement for Deer Haven Park
The new year is off to a busy start for the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors. The board will consider giving final approval to a PILOT agreement with Deer Haven Park and owner Earl Martin. The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes pact would allow Martin to pay $20,000 a year in lieu of regular property taxes for three years. After that,... more

THE LOVING CUP: Mackenzie Green & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)

THE LOVING CUP: Jeff Shipley & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)
On this edition of the Loving Cup Podcast Seneca County Chamber of Commerce membership development director Mackenzie Green and destination marketing manager Rick Newman are in-studio with Katie MacIntyre to talk about their organization, the Finger Lakes region and gratitude. . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)
How well do you know your community? Each day the United Way of Seneca County has to fight to better understand the community they serve. It’s difficult work – determining where the greatest need is – and attempting to focus some energy and resources to help correct it. Thankfully, there are community partners, and the United Way has the opportunity... more

Public comment favors PILOT for Deer Haven Park in Varick

Public comment favors PILOT for Deer Haven Park in Varick
Most of those commenting in person or in writing at Wednesday’s public hearing favored a PILOT agreement for Deer Haven Park owner Earl Martin. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency conducted the hearing at the Seneca White Deer Welcome Center on Route 96A. On Jan. 2, the IDA gave tentative approval to a three-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, calling for Martin to... more

Supervisors battle over $122K owed to Varick over incorrectly billed water

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Over an hour of debate was sparked during this week’s meeting of Seneca County’s Public Works Committee. It all came down to a settlement owed to the Seneca Lake Water District in Varick. Last fall, the committee recommended that Seneca County settle it – by paying $122,000. The rogue bill was caused by a broken meter, which was also debated... more

Hearing on IDA PILOT for Deer Haven Park set for Jan. 23

Hearing on IDA PILOT for Deer Haven Park set for Jan. 23
A public hearing related to Deer Haven Park’s hope of getting a PILOT agreement from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has been set. It will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the John and Josephine Ingle Welcome Center for Seneca White Deer at 5479 Route 96A. The IDA voted unanimously Jan. 3 to approve Deer Haven Park owner... more

Waterloo man charged with felony DWI after being stopped for speeding

Waterloo man charged with felony DWI after being stopped for speeding
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Waterloo man on felony DWI charges following a traffic stop, which occurred on State Route 96 on Friday. Chad C. Weaver, 31, of Waterloo was charged with felony DWI, driving with a BAC over 0.08 percent, and issued traffic tickets for speeding. Deputies say the traffic stop was initiated due... more

The long road to economic development in Seneca County

The long road to economic development in Seneca County
When it comes to economic development in Seneca County – there are several entities working toward a common vision. At least on paper. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors, Industrial Development Agency, and Chamber of Commerce were tasked – approximately two years ago – with working together to generate leads and ‘wins’ for the whole county. It started quickly with... more

Seneca County IDA accepts PILOT application for Deer Haven Park

Seneca County IDA accepts PILOT application for Deer Haven Park
Earl Martin, owner of Deer Haven Park at the former Seneca Army Depot, has applied for a PILOT agreement from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. On Thursday, the IDA Board of Directors unanimously accepted Martin’s payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application. However, before a final decision is made, a public hearing must be scheduled, a State Environmental Quality Review process completed, and a... more

CBS features Seneca White Deer on national segment (full segment)

CBS features Seneca White Deer on national segment (full segment)
Earlier this month film makers from CBS were in Seneca County filming a segment, which aired on Sunday. The segment, which was featured during the 10 a.m. hour on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley – is now available in extended format by clicking here. Dennis Money, President of Seneca White Deer, Inc., called the attention a ‘big deal’ for... more

‘ONE SENECA’: Initiative to drive economic development, tourism looks for revival in 2019

‘ONE SENECA’: In
On Thursday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors renewed one of their longest standing debates. It centrally revolved around ‘how’ funding used for the County’s Tourism Promotion Agency should be handed out. Occupancy Tax, or ‘Bed Tax’ as it’s called in other municipalities – takes monies that would otherwise go to the County for general use; and allocates them to... more

CBS to feature ‘Seneca White Deer’ in segment on Dec. 30

CBS to feature ‘Seneca White Deer’ in segment on Dec.
On Wednesday filmmakers for a program on CBS visited the former Seneca Army Depot, where Seneca White Deer, Inc. has been working overtime to preserve and grow the white deer population. Dennis Money, president of Seneca White Deer, Inc. said that his organization is overwhelmed with excitement at the prospect of receiving some national attention. “We are delighted for this... more
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