According to the article:
Adler said he was glad the process would be more open because the development of the business park is a positive for the community.Timing is everything. Now that "Uncle Larry" has taxpayers in debt to the tune of $2.3 million plus for the infrastructure in his private development [costs that normally would be borne by the developer] , he thinks it's a good idea to open up the meetings to the public. Frankly, holding a meeting at 8:30 in the morning isn't exactly Concerned Citizens idea of an open meeting. So is this "open meeting" a ploy to take the attention away from the fact that by using a little known committee, the town board, town attorney and town staff aided Larry Adler in getting taxpayer funding for a piece of property that is located outside the boundary of the business park when the committee had no authority to do so?
“I think that we are going to see some positive momentum and hopefully some positive results as a result of the public becoming more informed about what’s going on,” he said.
At a March 9, 2009 Planning Board meeting it was learned that there are a few problems that need to be addressed before any more buildings can be built in the business park.
Page 2 of the minutes from the March 9, 2009 Planning Board Meeting state:
Mr. Meagher mentioned NYSDEC Consent Order with Oneida County sewer credits and how they may affect development in this area. The Hartford is the only building allowed at this time. There could be an issue with water pressure (water was put in by the developer). Pressure is below what is required for any future buildings. No water test has been done at this time. An option is to connect into Whitestown by the Water Board.So I guess the next question is...has the situation with the water pressure been addressed?
Chairman Donovan reiterated that this is preliminary – no site plans have been filed with the Town by any applicants. There are constraints with water and sewer credits.
Speaking of sewer credits for the New Hartford Business Park...now we know why former Highway Superintendent Roger Cleveland was hired as a consultant back in May 2009. Who better to "devise" a plan for sewer credits? On page 5 of the March 9, 2009 Planning Board minutes there was mention of the sewer credits.
Mr. Meagher stated that according to the NYSDEC Order to the County, before you are allowed to hook up, you have to remove 5 gallons of water from the sewer system from every one gallon you put in. There is an application to be completed, given to the Town and then Mr. Meagher sends it to the County. Basically, anything prior to July 11, 2007 is allowed to connect to the sewer. Existing homes on a sewer system but are on septic are not allowed to hook in. They have to get credits. He said three (3) single family homes now affected that are waiting for credits located on Mallory Road, Mohawk Street and Arlington Road. Jewel Ridge Phase II is waiting for credits. The Town is going by application date to assign credits....For example, a single family home with 4 bedrooms would need approximately 475 credits.There are also stormwater issues that need to be addressed according to what appears to be an incomplete Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) we obtained from the Dept. of Transportation through a FOIL request:
2.3 Storm water RunoffWe also obtained an interesting letter from Town Supervisor Earle Reed dated October 31, 2008 to Mark Nordland, of Ryan Companies, Inc., the owner of the land and building where The Hartford is located. In his letter, Supervisor Reed says:
The realignment of Woods Highway extending to Woods Park Drive and the Route 840 break-in access will increase storm water impacts in the study area. These impacts will include increase in impervious surface resulting from the construction of Woods Park Drive as well as of widening Route 840, adding acceleration and deceleration lanes and placement of the jug handle.
Storm water impacts should be anticipated both from the construction and post construction phases.
As previously represented to you and others, the Town intends to pursue approval for a full break-in-access to Route 840; investigate land acquisitions and condemnation proceedings as relate to the neighboring property; and explore funding options and alternatives for a bridge over 840.Town Attorney Green's invoices indicate that on August 4, 2008, he billed the town to research eminent domain; in all probability eminent domain will be used to acquire the Yager property.
So what is the status of the break-in to Route 840? It was our understanding that the hotel would not be built unless there was access to 840. And what about that "temporary" traffic light on Route 5/Seneca Turnpike and Woods Highway...any plans to put in a permanent one?
One last thing, an email we received through the FOIL process states that while a public hearing is not mandatory as part of the SEQR process, it is recommended. The email further states:
...please note that a 2005 amendment to SEQR requires EIS documents to be posted on a publicly accessible internet website.Wonder where we might find a copy on the internet...if indeed it has been completed. The process also calls for a 30 day public comment period.
How do you feel about a town board and staff that would have us believe they simply can't read a map and it was all an oversight? All those that think that everything will be discussed in an open meeting and nothing will be done behind closed doors, raise your hand.
Thursday's meeting should be interesting!