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ENB - Region 4 Notices 11/30/2011

Public Notice

Proposed Amendments to Wetland Maps

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands Act) of the NYS ECL and 6 NYCRR Part 664 that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to amend Columbia County Freshwater Wetland Maps 5, 6, 12, 17 and 19 of 21 to add Wetlands CL-30 (Class 2), CO-30 (Class 1) and HS-23 (Class 2), to revise the boundaries of Wetlands CA-1, CO-10, CO-24, and CO-28 and to change the classification of Wetlands CO-24 and CO-27 from Class 2 to Class 1. NYS DEC also proposes to amend Greene County Freshwater Wetland Maps 5 and 11 of 21 to add Wetlands HN-118 (Class 1) and HN-119 (Class 1) and to revise the boundary of Wetland HN-101, and to amend Rensselaer County Freshwater Wetland Maps 4, 5, 6, 11, 21 and 22 of 22 to add Wetlands AP-30 (Class 1), HF-3 (Class 1) and TO-15 (Class 1), to revise the boundaries of Wetlands AP-2, CA-1 and TN-106, and to change the classification of Wetlands AP-2 and TN-106 from Class 2 to Class 1. Maps showing the proposed revisions are available at the clerk's office in the village, town and county where the change is taking place, as well as at the NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, Schenectady, NY. Written comments on the accuracy of the proposed changes to the maps may be mailed to the person listed below through December 31, 2011. No activity subject to regulation under the Freshwater Wetlands Act may be initiated without a permit from NYS DEC within the area that is the subject of the proposal (including the 100 foot wetland adjacent area) until the NYS DEC Commissioner has either amended the map or denied the amendment.

Contact: Nancy Heaslip, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2156.


Negative Declaration

Otsego County - The Town of Richfield Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Monticello Hills Wind Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant Monticello Hills Wind, LLC to develop a Community-Scale wind energy facility. The proposed project will be sited on eight parcels of leased private land totaling approximately 1,190 acres. The project will consist of six Vestas V112 (or similar) wind turbines with a rated power output of 3.075 megawatts (MW) each, for a total generating capacity of 18.45 MW. With a rotor blade oriented vertically, each V112 turbine has a maximum height of 150 meters (492 feet).

The proposed project facilities will also include approximately two miles of gravel-surfaced turbine access/service roads, 3.5 miles of buried 34.5 kV electrical interconnect lines, one permanent meteorological tower, and a substation and switchyard to allow connection to the power grid. The project will connect to the electricity grid at the NYSEG 46kV line that runs east-west along U.S. Route 20, providing the surrounding communities with electricity, an essential service. All proposed project facilities will be located in the Town of Richfield. The project is located along US Route 20 and Otsego County Route 25 in the Town of Richfield, New York.

Contact: Donald Urtz, Town of Richfield, PO Box 404, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, Phone: (315) 858-1701, E-mail: exrem404@hotmail.com.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Schoharie County - The Sharon/Sharon Springs Joint Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Rockville Ridge. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on December 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village of Sharon Springs Village Hall, 129 Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY 13459. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until January 5, 2012. The Draft EIS is available at the Village of Sharon Springs Clerk's Office, 129 Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY 13459 and on line at: http://www.schohariecounty-ny.gov/CountyWebSite/villsha/index.jsp.

The action involves an application for special use permit and commercial site plan approval to utilize 21.5 acres in the Village of Sharon Springs for open space recreation made available to the public by a private business for a commercial purpose. Open space recreation shall include hiking, picnic area (carry-in/carry-out only), walking, outdoor games, baseball, soccer games, kite-flying, croquet, bocce, Frisbee toss, horseshoes, badminton, and similar activities for approximately 4 to 25 persons. Proposal, as amended on June 30th, 2011, more specifically presents recreational vehicle use, including ATVs, dirt-bikes, and go-carts with a proposed rider capacity of one hundred and fifty (150) riders. Proposed hours of operation would be 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (as presented on June 30th, 2011) or daylight hours (as presented in application), Monday thru Thursday, and 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. (as presented on June 30th, 2011) or daylight hours (as presented in application), Friday thru Sunday, seasonal operation. No construction or improvements are proposed. No lighting is proposed. No excavation of the site is proposed; trails already exist. Portable/Temporary sanitary facilities are proposed for patrons' use. The project is located at 594 NYS Route 20 in Sharon Springs, New York.

Contact: Raymond Parsons, Sharon/Sharon Springs Joint Planning Board, P.O. Box 217, 129 Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY 13459, Phone: (518) 284-2625.


Notice of Acceptance of Final SEIS

Schenectady County - The Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Proctor's Block Redevelopment.

The proposed action supplements and updates the action described in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority and completed on October 27, 2003. The proposed action is comprised of several individual development and redevelopment projects. The proposed modifications and refinements to the Canal Square Corridor Redevelopment project include the following: Redevelopment of 440 State Street, known as the Odd Fellows Hall. The project is located in the 400 Block of State Street, in the City of Schenectady, New York, an area generally consisting of the State Street corridor between Broadway and Clinton Streets.

Contact: Jayme B. Lahut, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, Phone: (518) 377-1109.


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