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ENB - Region 4 Notices 8/31/2011

Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Implements Expanded Quarantine to Prevent Spread of Emerald Ash Borer in Eastern New York

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has expanded the existing quarantine district in eastern New York which currently includes Ulster and Greene Counties to include Orange County in order to limit the potential introduction of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) to other areas of the state.

NYS DEC's quarantine order prohibits the intrastate movement of EAB, and the movement of ash nursery stock, ash trees, and ash wood products, and firewood, wood chips and bark mulch from any tree species, beyond the quarantine district without certification or compliance agreements from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS), in addition to other provisions as defined in the order. This quarantine order also prohibits the movement of all ash logs from Pennsylvania into this quarantine district during the EAB flight season. Minor revisions are also made to the current regulations, reflecting administrative directions previously issued by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets since the original order was imposed. The final Quarantine Order will become effective 10 days after it is filed with the clerks of Ulster, Greene, and Orange Counties.

A copy of the Quarantine Order can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/47761.html on the NYS DEC website.

Contact: Douglas Schmid, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forest, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (866) 640-0652, E-mail: firewood@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Town of Colonie Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Colonie Landfill Operating Agreement will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Town's execution of an operating agreement with a private company that will allow such company to assume from the Town all ongoing construction, operation, maintenance, repair and management of the Town's existing approximately 195 acre sanitary landfill, as well as several other major ancillary facilities. The project is located at 1319 Loudon Road between Route 9 and Cohoes-Crescent Road in the Town of Colonie, New York.

Contact: Paula A. Mahan, Town of Colonie, Memorial Town Hall, 534 Loudonville Road, Newtonville, NY 12128, Phone: (518) 783-2734, E-mail: colonie@colonie.org.


Columbia County - The Town Board of the Town of Taghkanic, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Zoning Amendments Relating to Mining will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of an amendment to the Town's Zoning regulations to eliminate large-scale mining as a special permit use while allowing, by special use permit, small-scale excavation activities that are not regulated by the State. These include extraction activities removing less than 1,000 tons or 750 cubic yards of minerals (whichever is less) over 12 successive months. The project is located throughout the Town of Taghkanic, New York.

Contact: Cheryl Rogers, Town of Taghkanic, 483 County Route 15, Elizaville, NY 12523, Phone: (518) 851-7638, E-mail: crogers42857@gmail.com.


Montgomery County - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Routes 5, 5A, 12 and 30 Sign Structure Project 12 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the replacement, removal and addition of new overhead sign structures across State Routes 5, 5A, 12 and 30 within the highway boundary at seven locations within Oneida and Montgomery County. Five of the seven sites (Sites 3 through 7) will be in-kind structure replacements. The structure at Site 2 will be removed and replaced with a ground mounted sign. The only new structure will be in the City of Amsterdam between Division Street and Guy Park Avenue. The structure will span NYS Route 30 and the foundations will be placed behind the sidewalk adjacent to the National Register Eligible (NRE) property St. Ann's Episcopal Church. There will be no tree removals as a result of the sign placement. It was determined that the project will have No Adverse Effect to this or any other historic properties and coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office has been completed. The project is scheduled for construction beginning in the spring of 2012. The project is located in the Cities of Utica and Amsterdam, Town of Deerfield, and Village of Yorkville in Oneida and Hamilton Counties, New York.

Contact: Michael Shamma, NYS DOT - Region 2, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501, Phone: (315) 793-2447, E-mail: mshamma@dot.state.ny.us.


Rensselaer County - The Town of Brunswick Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment to the Brunswick Square Planned Development District (PDD) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal to expand the existing Wal-Mart Store at the Brunswick Square Plaza. The existing 129,000 ± square foot Wal-Mart building is proposed to be expanded by approximately 35,500 square feet to create a 164,500 square foot Wal-Mart Store. As part of the proposed expansion, two distinct entrance vestibules will be added. One entrance will be for general merchandise, similar to the existing floor, and the second entrance will be for an added grocery component. It is noted that as part of the original Brunswick Square PDD approval a 20,000 ± square foot expansion was part of and included in, the review and approval; thus, an additional 15,500 ± square feet, not previously subject to review, is being proposed. It is also noted that while a 20,000 ± square foot expansion was part of the original approval for the Brunswick Square PDD, the Applicant's current proposal presents an amended building layout. The project is located at 740 Hoosick Road in Troy, New York.

Contact: Andrew Gilchrist, 54 State Street, Suite 803, Albany, NY 12207, Phone: (518) 463-3990 ext 311.


Schenectady County - The Planning Board of the Town of Niskayuna, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Griffin Motor Sports will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of an addition to the existing retail and repair building and the construction of a new 7,200 square foot storage building along with new paved and gravel parking spaces, landscaping and fencing. The project is located 3909 State Street in the Town of Niskayuna, New York.

Contact: Kathleen Matern, Town of Niskayuna, One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309, Phone: (518) 386-4530.


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