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ENB - Region 7 Notices 12/29/2010

City of Ithaca Notice of Complete Application

Applicant: Cornell University

Facility: University Avenue Slope Stabilization

Permits Applied For: Wild, Scenic and Recreation River Permit

Project Location: University Avenue, Ithaca, NY

Project Description: The applicant proposes in-situ deep-soil mixing (DSM) and a concrete retaining wall in an area that will be 1-1/2 to 2-feet wide along the southern edge of the recreational river corridor for approximately 200 linear feet. In-situ soil mixing involves in-place mixing of cement into the existing soil column to a depth of approximately 25 feet. There will be approximately 85 six-foot diameter soil/cement columns which overlap by ½ - 1 foot directly under the sidewalk and a portion of the westbound lane. This method allows a deep foundation to be constructed for the sidewalk and road such that the bearing pressures act below the zone of unstable soil at the edge of the hill. All disturbed areas of the project plus buffer areas next to the natural area will be landscaped and/or improved with soil stabilization methods consisting of soil lifts with live branch layers or planted container material and/or coir logs with planted container material. Buffer areas along the north edge of the project will be planted with ecologically appropriate species to help mark the transition from the built environment to the natural environment.

Availability of Documents: A copy of the permit application is available at the City of Ithaca Department of Planning and Development, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. The office is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

SEQR Determination: This is a Type I action for which coordinated review was completed by the Planning Board. A negative declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: City of Ithaca Planning & Development Board

Opportunity for Public Comment: A public hearing will be held at the Planning Board meeting, on January 25, 2011 at 6 pm on the third floor of City Hall, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca NY, 14850. Written comment will be accepted by the contact person until 4 pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

Contact: Lisa Nicholas, City of Ithaca, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 10850, Phone: (607) 274-6557, Fax: 607-2746550, E-mail: lnichola@cityofithaca.org.

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The NewYork State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RD #24, Stands B-55 and B-57 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a herbicide application to reduce the abundance of hay scented and New York fern, as well as beech, striped maple and hophornbeam seedlings and saplings, to a level that would allow the natural regeneration of desirable tree species. Accord XRT II will be used in a foliar and cut-stump treatment taking place on 16 ± acres of upland hardwood and red pine forest. Controlling the undesirable species will promote the natural regeneration of black cherry, white ash, red maple, yellow birch and sugar maple. Application method use will be by backpack or machine mounted sprayer targeting only undesirable species within the application area. The project is located on Chenango Reforestation Area #24, New Michigan State Forest, Stands B-55 and B-57. This site is on the south side of Nine Mile Truck trail approximately one quarter mile west of the intersection of Blackman Road in the Town of Plymouth, New York.

Contact: Christopher R. Sprague, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13815, Phone: (607) 674-4017 ext 609.

Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed University Avenue Reconstruction and Slope Stablization will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the rebuilding of approximately 660 linear feet of University Avenue extending westerly from the western boundary of the Milstein Hall project site. The road project will entail installation of two 11 foot drive lanes and on 5 foot bicycle lane, granite curbing and a a 6 foot sidewalk on the north side of the road, replacement and upgrading of Cornell University sanitary and storm lines, replacement and reuse of street lighting and installation of landscaping and hand railings where necessary. Slope stabilization will occur on approximately 200 linear feet of slope adjacent to the road and sidewalk and consist of in-situ deep soil mixing and construction of a reinforced concrete retaining wall. The applicant proposes to landscape all disturbed areas as well as some gorge buffer areas using soil mitigation methods and native plantings. The project is in the U-1 Zoning district. This project requires a City of Ithaca Recreational River Permit. The project is located on University Avenue in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Lisa Nicholas, City of Ithaca, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 10850, Phone: (607) 274-6557, Fax: 607-2746550, E-mail: lnichola@cityofithaca.org.

Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Cayuga County - The Cayuga County Legislature, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Cayuga County Emergency Communication Project. The Final GEIS is available at the Seymour Public Library, 176 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021 and on line at: http://co.cayuga.ny.us/radio-project.html.

The action involves a proposal by Cayuga County to implement an Emergency Communications Project for voice and data radio communications services to enable public safety and public service entities operating within Cayuga County to better respond to and protect the citizens. The project will include development of a state-of-the-art digital trunked land mobile radio system. The proposed project is fundamentally an infrastructure, a collection of radio sites located throughout the Cayuga County interconnected by a network monitored and controlled by a pair of redundant operations centers.

The network would consist of a number of antennas collocated on existing telecommunications towers and/or sited on new towers constructed at locations yet to be determined. Additionally, one or more operations centers will be constructed and/or sited in existing facilities.

The project is located throughout Cayuga County, New York.

Contact: Fred Westphal, Cayuga County, 160 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021, Phone: (315) 253-1274, E-mail: fwestphal@cayugacounty.us.

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