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ENB - Region 6 Notices 5/24/2017

Public Notice

Pursuant to Article 24 of the Environmental Conservation Law (the Freshwater Wetlands Act), Executive Law §§ 809(2)(a) and 810(1) (the Adirondack Park Agency Act), and 9 NYCRR §§ 570.2, 578.2(a), and 578.3(n)(1) and (2), within the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is seeking public comment on proposed General Permit P2017-G1 entitled "Access to and Replacement of Utility Poles in Wetlands," pursuant to 9 NYCRR § 572.23. This draft general permit renews General Permit P2014G-2.

The APA proposes to renew general permit 2014G-2, on conditions, to authorize regional and municipal utility companies to access and replace utility poles in wetlands in the Adirondack Park and/or the establishment of temporary structures in wetlands to access utility poles. This general permit 2017G-1 will apply throughout the Adirondack Park and will be effective until revoked or modified by the APA.

Eligibility: The general permit will only apply where:

  • The sole basis of APA jurisdiction on the project site is fill or substantial impairment to the functions and values of a wetland incidental to the replacement of a utility pole or the establishment of a temporary structure for access to a utility pole;
  • The replacement pole will be located within the existing utility company right-of-way or fee ownership;
  • The project will not result in an increase in the number of utility poles in wetlands; and
  • The project will be undertaken by a regional or municipal utility company.

The draft general permit would expedite APA approval for qualifying activities. The proposed General Permit P2017-G1 and APA Board Resolution and Order are available for download from the APA's website: www.apa.ny.govThe APA will accept public comments until June 23, 2017.

This general permit 2017G-1 will apply in all or portions of the following counties within the Adirondack Park "Blue Line": Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington.

Contact: Richard E. Weber, III, APA, PO Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone (518) 891-4050, Fax: (518) 891-3938, E-mail:

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: St. Lawrence

Applicant: Seaway Timber Harvesting, Inc.

Contact for this Project: Patrick Curran
Seaway Timber Harvesting, Inc.
15121 State Highway 37
Massena, NY 13662

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

APA Contact: Thomas E. Saehrig

APA Project Number: 2016-0052

Project Title: Seaway Timber Harvesting, Inc.

Location: Lake Ozonia Road in the Town of Hopkinton, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: June 8, 2017

Project Description: The project consists of a 24.4 acre sand and gravel mine consisting of a 13.2 ± acre section and an 11.2 ± acre section. During the first five year term of the mine the total affected area of 13.7 ± will consist of the 13.2 ± acre area and a 0.5 ± acre haul road. Excavating, stockpiling, crushing, screening and truck loading and hauling will take place on-site. The mine will operate Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon). The mine will be closed from December through March. Stockpiled materials may be hauled off the mine site during the winter months. It is anticipated that there could be from 25 to 40 loaded truck trips a day leaving the mine, depending upon market demand. A 400 ± foot section of Meacham Road (a.k.a. Old Trout Lake Road) will be used by the mine operators to connect two proposed haul roads to avoid impacts to wetlands. Seaway Timber Harvesting, Inc. has entered into an agreement with the Town of Hopkinton relative to the use and maintenance of Meacham Road (a.k.a. Old Trout Road) and Lake Ozonia Road, Town roads in the Town of Hopkinton.

Negative Declaration

Oneida County - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Traffic System Improvement Project 15 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the modernization of the signal systems at each location to provide the desired highway safety benefits, improve equipment reliability while reducing maintenance costs, and ensure Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance within the project limits. Two sites are within a known historic district in Hamilton, and as such, a No Adverse Effect determination was made October 7, 2016. Right-of-Way acquisitions in the Historic District constitute a de minimis use of a Section 4(f) protected property. Concurrence for the de minimis use was received October 25, 2016. There are no other significant social, economic, or environmental impacts of the project including no more than minor impacts on wetlands, floodplains, agricultural lands, water or water supply resources, designated Wild, Scenic, or Recreational Rivers, unique ecological areas, or critical environmental areas. The project is located in the Towns of Eaton and Hamilton in Madison County, New York and the Towns of Marcy, Vernon and Whitestown in Oneida County, New York.

Contact: Brian Hoffman, NYS DOT, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501, Phone: (315) 793-2429, E-mail:

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