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Hurford, John

January 2000

STATE OF NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and
NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION

John Hurford, 175 East 62nd Street, New York, New York 10021, has applied for permits to construct a floating dock with a ramp and catwalk ("project") into Taylor's Creek at 547 Meadow Lane, Southampton Village, Suffolk County, SCTM #904-25-1-1. The Applicant applied for a tidal wetlands permit, a protection of waters permit and a water quality certification (collectively, the "application", #1-4736-00819/00007).

The application is processed and this proceeding is conducted according to the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") Article 3 (General Functions), Article 8 (Environmental Quality Review, "SEQR"), Article 15 (Water Resources), Article 25 (Tidal Wetlands) and Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); and also Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR") Parts 608, 617, 621, 624, and 661 et seq.

The Department Staff reviewed the application and determined it to be complete on April 6, 1999 and that, pursuant to SEQR, the project would be a minor type II project and would not require the preparation of an environmental impact statement. The Staff then denied the application with notification to the Applicant by letter dated April 26, 1999. On May 5, 1999, the Applicant requested, in writing, a hearing on the denial.

PUBLIC HEARING: All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies which may be affected by the project are invited to comment on the application. For this purpose, a legislative hearing to receive your comments will be held on February 29, 2000 at 10:00 AM in the Southampton Village Hall, 23 Main Street, Suffolk County, New York 11968. This location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Written comments will also be received prior to the legislative hearing at the Region 1 address given below.

A pre-hearing issues conference at the same location will be held immediately following the legislative hearing. The known issues are Staffs' basis for the denial. Other issues may be proposed for adjudication and must be both substantive and significant in accordance with 6 NYCRR §624.4(c). An adjudicatory hearing at the same location would immediately follow the issues conference and continue, if necessary, from day to day thereafter. All filings requesting party status must be according to the criteria outlined in 6 NYCRR §624.5 [Hearing Participation] including an explanation of interest and description of the facts you intend to offer. All filings requesting party status, proposing issues for adjudication or for argument, must be received on or before February 25, 2000 at the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233-1550, Attn: Administrative Law Judge Francis W. Serbent, P.E., with copies to both the Applicant and its agent, En-Consultants, Inc., 1329 North Sea Road, Southampton, New York, 11968 and to the Region 1 Staff at the address given below.

Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons that are parties or witnesses pursuant to SAPA §301, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ within a reasonable time prior to the hearing.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: All filed documents, the application and other papers are available for inspection at the Department's Region 1 Office, Building 40, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York 11790-2356 Attn: Craig L. Elgut, Regional Attorney, telephone: 516-444-0260 and at the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, telephone 518-457-3468.

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