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Public Hearing

Adirondack Park Agency
Project NO. 2000-158

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, September 12, 2001, the Adirondack Park Agency will commence a public hearing on the application of Cold River Properties, Inc., for a permit for a single family dwelling on Lens Lake in the Town of Stony Creek, Warren County. The project is the construction of a single family dwelling in a Resource Management land use area, a Class B regional project pursuant to §810(2)(d)(1) of the Act. This notice is given pursuant to §809(e) of the Adirondack Park Agency Act, and 9 NYCRR Section 572.14 and 9 NYCRR Part 580.

The project site is a 7.89 acre preexisting vacant parcel located on the north side of Lens Lake Road and the southerly shoreline of Lens Lake in the Town of Stony Creek, Warren County. Lens Lake is a 102± acre lake which is a part of the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. The project site is in an area designated as Resource Management on the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map.

The project consists of the construction of a 2,032 square foot "log style" four bedroom single family dwelling set back approximately 300 feet from the mean high water mark (MHWM) of Lens Lake at its closest point. The dwelling will be served by an individual on-site wastewater treatment system and well. The project includes construction of a 10 ft. by 20 ft. one-story boat storage building that will be located at a minimum 100 feet from the MHWM of Lens Lake. There will be no vegetative cutting within 250 feet of the MHWM mark of Lens Lake, with the exception of a small area located greater than 100 feet from the MHWM of Lens Lake to provide for construction of the proposed boat storage building.

The Adirondack Park Agency Act requires that, among other considerations, new land use and development in Resource Management, such as the proposed project, be compatible with the character description, and purposes, policies and objectives of the land use area, and also that the proposed project not have an undue adverse impact on the resources of the Park. The potential major issues at the public hearing are expected to be the potential change in character of the undeveloped shoreline of Lens Lake, visibility of a new structure from Lens Lake and Spruce Mountain, impacts to wetlands, bogs, unique bog vegetation and wildlife, the water quality of Lens Lake, and the open space character of Lens Lake and the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest area.

The public hearing will commence at the Town of Stony Creek Town Hall, located at 52 Hadley Road in the Town of Stony Creek, with a legislative session for receiving public statements at 1:00 p.m., followed thereafter by a pre-hearing conference to determine parties and issues. It is anticipated that, after the determination of parties and issues by the Administrative Law Judge, that the formal hearing with testimony and exhibits will commence in October 2001, on a date to be determined. Department of Environmental Conservation Administrative Law Judge Maria Villa has been assigned as the Hearing Officer for this project.

Any member of the public may speak at the legislative session or submit a written statement, and the Administrative Law Judge reserves the right to limit the time for each speaker.

Any person or organization seeking to become a party to the hearing in order to present evidence, cross-examine witnesses or otherwise participate in the hearing (other than statutory parties and owners of land within 500 feet of the project site, who are parties of right) must file a petition with the Administrative Law Judge, with a copy to the Agency, pursuant to Section 580.7 of the Agency’s regulations. The petition should, among other items, state the petitioner's relationship to the matters involved, the nature of the evidence or argument he intends to present, and any other matter the petitioner believes relevant to granting the petition. Petitions seeking party status must be received by September 11, 2001 and must be served on the following: Administrative Law Judge Maria Villa, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Hearings, 625 Broadway Albany, New York 12233-1550, Facsimile (518) 402-9014; Mitchell Goroski, Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, New York 12977, Facsimile (518) 891-3938; James Morgan, Galvin & Morgan, 217 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York 12054, Facsimile (518) 475-1810.

The project file is available for public inspection and copying pursuant to Agency regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act during normal business hours at the Agency's offices, New York State Route 86, Ray Brook, New York. For further information, contact Thomas Saehrig at P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, New York 12977, or phone 518-891-4050.

Interpreter services will be made available to deaf persons at no charge, pursuant to Section 301 of the State Administrative Procedures Act, upon reasonable notice to the Agency.

The Department of Environmental Conservation intends to issue an Order to General Electric Company, on its consent, concerning the remediation of GE’s Fort Edward plant. Specifically, the Consent Order is intended to require GE to implement an inactive hazardous waste disposal site remedial program as selected in the Record of Decision (ROD) for the site, issued in January 2000. The selected remedy in the ROD includes expansions to the groundwater collection and treatment system at the site, installation of PCB oil collection systems, performance of long-term monitoring and maintenance at the site, and performance of reviews every five years to determine if the remedy is still protective of human health and the environment, and to determine what additional remedial actions are required to achieve protection of human health and the environment. Restrictions on future use of the site are also defined in the selected remedy.

A public hearing is scheduled to be held October 1, 2001 between 1p.m. and 4p.m. at the Washington County Office Building (383 Upper Broadway; Fort Edward, New York 12828), Room B230A, during which staff will make a short presentation on the elements of the remedy and public comments on the proposed Consent Order will be received. The Department will then provide two more weeks within which the public may submit comments. Those comments must be submitted to:

Kevin Farrar, Project Manager
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 12th floor
Albany, New York 12233-7010
by October 15, 2001.

The Department will consider those comments in its deliberation over whether to revise the Consent Order before issuing it and will prepare a Responsiveness Summary that addresses the comments received.

The hearing location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. Interpreter services will be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, New York 12233-1550, at least five business days before the date of the hearing.

Document Availability:
A copy of the proposed Consent Order is available for public inspection at:

Washington County Clerk’s Office
383 Upper Broadway
Fort Edward, New York 12828

Adriance Public Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

Public Notice

DEC Region 5 Quarterly Reports of Administration Use of Motor Vehicles and Aircraft in the Forest Preserve

In compliance with DEC Commissioner Policy - 17, the activity logs documenting the administrative use of motor vehicles and aircraft within the Forest Preserve in DEC Region 5 for the second quarter of 2001 are available for review by contacting Thomas D. Martin, Regional Forester, NYS DEC, P. O. Box 296, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977 - Phone: (518) 897-1276.

Positive Declaration

Clinton County - The County of Clinton, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cumberland Head - Lake Champlain Connector Road will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a new highway across the center of the Cumberland Head Peninsula in the Town of Plattsburgh. The highway will connect the parkway portion of County Route 57, 1.2 km east of NY Route 9 near Interchange 39 of Interstate Route 87 to the Lake Champlain Ferries Land at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Contact: Al Rascoe, PE, Clinton County Highway Superintendent, PO Box 2849, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, phone: (518) 565-4626.