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ENB - Region 5 Notices 06/09/2010

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Clinton

Applicant: Ausable Valley Central School District

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Holly E. Kneeshaw

APA Project Number: 2010-116

Project Title: Ausable Valley Central School District Middle/High School Improvements and Biomass Boiler

Location: 1490 NY Route 9N in the Town of Ausable, New York

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: June 24, 2010

Project Description: The action involves the construction of an enclosed biomass boiler to serve the AuSable Valley Middle/High School, construction of a 140 foot x 30 foot addition on east side of school building, construction of a new student parking lot in southeasterly section of site, construction of new sidewalks and construction of new exterior bleachers on west side of athletic field, in recreational rivers area of AuSable River, and potentially involving wetlands.

County: Hamilton

Applicant: Independent Towers Holdings, LLC

Contact for Project: Jacqueline Phillips Murray, Esq.
The Murray Law Firm, PLLC
10 Maxwell Drive, Suite 100
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Leigh R. Walrath

APA Project Number: 2010-46

Project Title: Independent Towers Holdings, LLC Telecommunications Tower

Location: New York State Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: June 24, 2010

Project Description: The project is a subdivision into sites involving the lease of a 100 foot by 100 foot parcel for the construction of a new 100 foot tall (above existing ground level - AGL) telecommunications tower within a 60 foot by 75 foot fenced-in equipment compound. The compound will be located 995 ± feet from New York State Route 30. The top of the tower will be camouflaged with simulated tree branches (with branching beginning at 80 feet above ground level and having a 6 foot "crown branch" located at the top of the tower). A vegetative "no cutting" easement will protect trees in the vicinity of the proposed tower.

Within the fenced-in equipment compound Verizon Wireless is proposing to install 12 panel antennas on the tower and construct a 12 foot x 30 foot equipment shelter (which includes a backup generator) while AT&T Mobility is proposing to install nine panel antennas and construct a 12 foot x 20 foot equipment shelter along with a backup generator. Access to the facility will be by an existing woods road which will be upgraded to accommodate construction and service vehicles. Underground utilities will be located along the road.

Negative Declaration

Hamilton County - The Village of Speculator, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Village of Speculator Wastewater Collection System Extension Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Village of Speculator to extend sewer service to various parts of the Village. A new collection line will be installed along both sides of NYS Route 8 from the Town of Lake Pleasant boundary to connect into the existing sewer on Charlie Brown Lane. A new collection line and pump station will be installed at the Caulkin Compound to connect the building sewers to the Marion Avenue collection line. A new collection line will be installed from the northeast corner of Charlie John's General Store to connect the existing collection structures along NYS Route 30 to the Village sewer system. The project is located along NYS Route 8 in the Village of Speculator, New York.

Contact: Brandon Becker, Lamont Engineers, P.O. Box 610, Cobleskill, NY 12043, Phone: (518) 234-4028.

Hamilton County - The Town of Long Lake, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Long Lake Sale of Property will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. In 2006 the Town of Long Lake initiated an Affordable Housing project through a Small Cities Grant, administered by the Office of Community Renewal (OCR). Also in 2006, the Town conducted a full State Environmental Quality Review for Type I Action for the Housing project which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact.

In 2007, the Town purchased a 38 acre parcel and made plans to subdivide the parcel into (7) seven ½ acre lots within the Adirondack Park Hamlet land use designation and (5) five 3½ acre lots within the Adirondack Park Low Intensity land use designation, said lots earmarked for the Housing project. The remaining acreage would be retained by the Town.

Due to the recession of 2008, the Town's affordable housing project has been terminated. In early 2010, OCR denied the Town's contract extension request and demanded that the majority of the Small Cities grant funding be repaid. The Town Board is proposing to fund the repayment obligation to OCR from land sale proceeds out of the original 38 acre parcel. This constitutes a modification of the original project subject to the Environmental Assessment Form of November 28, 2006. The modified project is a down scaling of the Town's project.

The Town Board intends to sell the 5 Low Intensity parcels; 3 are approximately 3½ acres in size and two have been increased to more than 5 acres, and retain the remaining acreage, a portion of which will be utilized for mandated public water supply improvements. The project is located on Stanton Hill Lane in the Town of Long Lake, New York.

Contact: Cynthia Thompson, Town of Long Lake, P.O. Box 307, Long Lake, NY 12847, (518) 624-3001, E-mail: llsuper@frontiernet.net.

Positive Declaration

Hamilton and Herkimer Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as co-lead agencies, have determined that the proposed Moose River Plains Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) and Related State Land Reclassification Actions may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The NYS DEC as prior lead agency will rescind the Negative Declaration noticed in the March 15, 2006 Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) because revisions have been made to this proposed draft UMP that may result in potentially significant environmental impacts and a Positive Declaration has been issued for the above project. As co-lead agencies, APA and NYS DEC will be preparing a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GEIS) to cover an integrated series of related actions in a given geographic area as contemplated in 6 NYCRR Section 617.10(a), including NYS DEC's proposed draft UMP for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and a newly created Moose River Plains Intensive Use Camping Area; establishment of a new snowmobile community connector trail; establishment of a final boundaries for the Wild, Scenic, Recreational Rivers (WSRR) Areas; and amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan including reclassification of lands for the creation of a new Intensive Use Area along the Cedar River-Limekiln Lake Road, reclassification of 13,878 acres of Wild Forest to Wilderness for addition to the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area, and amendments to Master Plan Area Descriptions and Intensive Use Area Guidelines. The Draft GEIS will also include an impact assessment of four draft River Area Management Plans for the designated river areas within the Moose River Plains management complex including the Cedar River and Red River, the South Branch of the Moose River and the Otter Brook pursuant to the WSRR Act. No formal SEQRA scoping will be conducted; however informal scoping has already occurred and hearings on the Reclassification and Rivers Boundary actions will be announced in future notices. The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the Town of Webb and Town of Ohio in Herkimer County, New York and the Town of Arietta, Town of Inlet, Town of Long Lake, Town of Lake Pleasant and Town of Morehouse in Hamilton County, New York. The Seventh Lake boat launch is located in the Town of Inlet, New York.

Contact: Keith River, NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub-Office, 7327 NYS Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521.

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