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ENB - Region 3 Notices 5/2/2018

Public Notice

Tree Removal for Construction of Belleayre Retention Pond for Snowmaking

The project involves cutting 2,364 trees ≥ 3 inches diameter at breast height (dbh) to construct the new retention pond for snowmaking. Trees will be felled by Olympic Development Authority staff using chainsaws. They will be cut into smaller pieces, chipped, left to decompose or utilized in one of the ski center lodges for firewood. Tree cutting will be in compliance with Lands and Forests Policy # 91-2 on Cutting, Removal or Destruction of Trees and Other Vegetation on Forest Preserve Lands. This project was approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and addressed in the 2015 Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan (UMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement. Tree cutting is addressed per the Vegetation Resources Impacts and Mitigation section of the UMP/Final Environmental Impact Statement. All exposed areas resulting from construction, including tree cutting and grading will be seeded and mulched upon completion of the project.

The project is located in the Belleayre Ski Center in the Town of Shandaken, Ulster County, New York.

Contact: Ian Dunn, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - region 3 Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3083, E-mail: ian.dunn@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Orange County - The Town Board of the Town of Newburgh, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendments to Town of Newburgh Code to Better Regulate Signs, Sign Locations and Lighting will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves the adoption of five Local Laws introduced before the Town Board of the Town of Newburgh amending the Municipal Code of the Town of Newburgh to better regulate signs, sign locations and lighting. The Proposed Action includes a comprehensive amendments to Section 185-14 Sign Regulations of the Town Code's Zoning Chapter and the addition of a new Article to Chapter 160 Streets and Sidewalks. The amendments to Section 185-14 include the introduction of an intent section which states that the regulations balance the need to protect the public safety and welfare, the need for a well maintained and attractive community and the need for adequate identification, communication and advertising for all land uses. The provisions are not to be interpreted to regulate any aspect of the content of any sign. In addition to the comprehensive amendments to Chapter 185-14, new subsections containing sign regulations for shopping centers and addressing electronic and illuminated signs are added to the Zoning Code. Amendments to both the Zoning and Streets and Sidewalks Chapter of the Code addressing the placement of signs on utility poles and similar structures both in and outside of public street rights of way are also part of the Action.

The project is located throughout the Town of Newburgh, New York.

Contact: Gilbert J. Piaquadio, Town of Newburgh, 1496 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550; Phone: (845)564-4552, Fax: (845)562-1432, E-mail: supervisor@townofnewburgh.org


Orange County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ford Farm Mine Proposed Modification will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The proposed modification includes the use of a newly constructed access road to allow Ford Farm Mine truck traffic direct access to NYS Route 284 from the 5.6 acre mine located in the northwestern portion of the 164 acre Ford Farm site. In addition, the proposed modification would allow use of used bedding material (mixture of sand and manure) from the farm's dairy operation to supplement (beneficiate) the mine site's topsoil resources for eventual reclamation of the mine. The proposed modification would also allow loading and hauling operations (currently restricted to Monday through Friday operations) to be conducted on Saturdays, and it would designate an area within the mine for the stockpiling of excavated materials.

It is important to note that the new access road (farm road) proposed for use in this modification has already been constructed as an activity exempt from Mined Land Reclamation permitting requirements. No new ground disturbance is proposed at the 5.6 acre mine, no new equipment is proposed, and no increase in the rate of production is proposed. Other than allowing loading and hauling operations to be conducted on Saturdays, no changes to processing or other operations at the Ford Farm Mine are proposed under the modification. Final reclamation will return the proposed mine site to agricultural use.

The proposed mine is located on Hortons Road, approximately 1000 feet east of NYS Route 284 in the Town of Minisink, New York.

Contact: Scott Ballard, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1696; Phone: (845) 256-2250, E-mail: DEP.R3@dec.ny.gov


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