Monday, March 10, 2008

It's all in who you know...

If you haven't read Strikeslip's blog, Paying to Plunder: Prostitution New Hartford Style, it is worth the read.

Everyone should also read the letter that Highway Superintendent Roger Cleveland sent to Mayor Maciol on July 25, 2007. Here are some snippets from the letter:
...Has there been a buildup of sediment in Mud Creek over the years? Presumably yes, as not all past construction activities used a system of silt control...
...Secondly, the Town recently passed a Bond issue for Town-wide stormwater management improvements. In our initial thinking we had not factored in an additional work on Mud Creek...
I would suggest that we get the "Green Belt" project installed between Jay-K and the Presbyterian Home and determine its impact on the downstream properties. It may be sufficient to reduce both the frequency and magnitude of flooding in the Village. If not, and because DEC has determined Mud Creek to be a classified trout stream, there may not be a lot of options left...

We have stuttered a couple of times in starting this project, but the Town is committed to install it. It will take a significant amount of hydraulic analysis and cajoling of both DEC and the ACOE, as this is not something they see everyday....
Funny, last October the DEC issued a permit to The Presbyterian Home to dredge Mud Creek to alleviate flooding at the Meadows...guess you just have to know the RIGHT people, be in litigation with the Town of New Hartford or be a developer! Wonder what was used to cajole DEC for this project? Some of Roger Cleveland's homemade "cooking"?

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