Negative Declaration

Albany County - The City of Albany Planning and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Site Plan Approval will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of two additions to the existing building and expansion to the existing parking lot. The project is located at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home at 180 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany.

Contact: Nicholas A. DiLello, Zoning and Land Use Coordinator, City of Albany Planning and Development, 21 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207, phone: (518) 434-2532, Ext. 28.

Columbia County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gro Max, Ltd., Ostrander Pond Humus Mine will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment. The action involves the mining of muck soils (humus) from 11.82 acres of a wetland/pond complex, a portion of which is NYS Regulated Wetland ST-35. The total affected acreage including staging and site access will be 22.8 acres. The wetland/pond area will be reclaimed back to a wetland/pond complex, and the upland staging area will be reclaimed to native warm season grasses. Mining will occur in 3 phases consisting of 2.76 acres, 4.40 acres, and 4.66 acres, with the entire mining operation taking approximately 8 years to complete. Phases will be dewaterd during mining and a SPDES permit will be needed for this discharge. Reclamation of each phase will occur as it is completed. The project is located on of on two parcels of property, the majority owned by Richard Ostrander, and a small portion owned by William and Anne Baldwin. The proposed mine will site is on the north side of Ostrander Road, approximately 2000 feet north of the intersection of Ostrander Road and Winter Road, in the Town Ghent, Columbia County.

Contact: Wendy DuBois, NYS DEC Region 4, Division of Environmental Permits, 1130 North Westcott Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306, phone 518-357-2459.

Notice of Completion of Final EIS

Albany and Saratoga Counties - The NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), as lead agency, has completed a final EIS on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Peebles Island State Park. The action involves adoption and implementation of a Master Plan for Peebles Island State Park. The plan includes proposals for limited recreational development including a visitor center, improved parking and park administration offices. The north bridge to the park will be reopened to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Use of the western area of the park will be primarily trails related. The portion of the park on Van Schaick Island would offer low impact river access camping, shoreline access for fishermen and marine related facilities in the area of the former Matton Shipyard. Peebles Island State Park is located at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers in the Town of Waterford, Saratoga County and the City of Cohoes, Albany County.

Contact: Donald Kasprzak, Regional Director, Saratoga-Capital District State Park Region, Administration Building, Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, donald.kasprzak@oprhp.state.ny.us, phone: (518) 584-2000 and Thomas B. Lyons, Director, Management Bureau, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building One, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, thomas.lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us, phone: (518) 474-0409.

Delaware County - The Town of Middletown Planning Board, as lead agency, has completed a final EIS on the proposed Hanah Country Inn and Colf Resort: Phase 2: Site Development and New Facilities Project. The action involves Phase IIA for the construction of a new clubhouse, new spa building and a 30 unit guest lodge on a 27.48 acre upland site, following by demolition of the existing facilities on the lower site and Phase IIB will include the construction of three guest chalets and an additional 24 guest units on the upper site and demoliton of the remaining 24 units on the lower site. The project is located on the West Hubbell Hill Road in the Town of Middletown.

Contact: John Mathiesen, Town of Middletown Code Enforcement Officer, Town of Middletown Planning Board, PO Box 577, Main Street, Margaretville, NY 12455, phone: (845) 586-2344.