Negative Declarations

Cattaraugus County - The Town of Machias Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Machias Water District Improvement Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves improvements to the municipal water system, including: constructing a second group water supply well and abandoning the existing springs supply and related chlorination system, rehabilitate the existing water storage tank, replace certain existing waterlines and installing water meters on existing customer service. The project is located in the Town of Machias Water District.

Contact: Douglas A. Law, P.O. Box 87, Machias, New York 14101 (716) 353-8207.

Erie County - The NYS Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Conveyance of Title to West Seneca Developmental Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the conveyance of title to State-owned property at the West Seneca Developmental Center. No specific project plan or proposal for development or a change in the type or intensity of use of the properties is currently proposed, or is being considered for funding, authorization or approval by ESD. Any future development or change respecting the use of the property would be subject to local land use controls and further review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act before it is undertaken, funded or approved by an agency. The project is located at 1200 East West Road in the Town of West Seneca.

Contact: Matthew Stanley, AICP, Senior Planner, Planning/Environmental Review, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (212) 803-3253

Positive Declaration

Chautauqua County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined on February 22, 2000, that the proposed acquisition of land and additions/alterations for the Jefferson Middle School in the Jamestown City School District, SED Project No. 06-17-00-01-0-015-004, may have a significant environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves numerous renovations at the Jefferson Middle School including but not limited to extensive interior rehabilitation and renovations; cleaning the building exterior; repairing and replacing fencing, reconstruction of existing parking lots and driveways, construction of a storage building for athletic and maintenance equipment; construction of additional bathroom facilities at Strider Field; acquisition of approximately 60 acres of property adjacent to the Jefferson Middle School in the Town of Kiantone, and development of a school arboretum with walking trail, one baseball field, two softball fields and two soccer fields with an access drive off Martin Road for emergency vehicles on the property; construction of a new entrance drive for athletic field access (Strider field); a new 148 space parking lot; a lighted varsity soccer field with bleacher seating; one baseball field; two football/soccer practice fields and required stormwater management (hereinafter referred to as the "Jefferson Middle School Improvement Project"). The project is located on Martin Road, along the border of the City of Jamestown and the Town of Kiantone.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234; (518) 474-3906

Notice of Scoping

Erie County - The New York State Thruway Authority and the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation, are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to develop a modern mainline toll barrier on Interstate 90 to the northeast of the Buffalo metropolitan area. The proposed action would address operational and capacity concerns at the mainline toll barrier located between Interchanges 49 and 50 in the Town of Amherst, Erie County, New York, which is commonly referred to as the "Williamsville Toll Barrier". No provisions for public access to, or egress from, Interstate 90 are proposed in connection with the proposed action. The alternatives under consideration include (1) taking no action; (2) improvement of the existing mainline toll barrier; and (3) replacement of the Williamsville Toll Barrier with a new barrier to be located between its current location and Interchange 48A. The preliminary scope of issues that will be evaluated in the EIS includes the project's effect on noise, air quality, and regional traffic patterns, as well as other social, economic, and environmental effects.

As part of the process of determining the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS, we request your comments on these issues and any other issues that you can identify as important. We intend to use your comments to:

A Williamsville Toll Barrier Scoping Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9,. 2000 at the Newstead Fire Company, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY.

If you have any questions please contact: Christopher A. Waite, P.E., Director of Design, New York State Thruway Authority, 200 Southern Boulevard, Albany, New York 12201-0189; (518) 436-2930

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Erie County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed new construction of the Alternative Education Facility for the Frontier Central School District, SED Project No. 14-16-04-06-0-020-001. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until March 28, 2000. The action involves 39,100 square feet of new construction on 4.35 acres of donated land adjacent to existing property. The project is located at S 4432 Bayview Road in the Town of Hamburg.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234; (518) 474-3906