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Public Hearing Notice For The Adoption Of the Draft Snowmobile Plan

This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act) of the Environmental Conservation Law.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct eight public hearings at the following locations for the purpose of receiving public comment regarding the proposed action described below:

Date Location Time
February 9, 2004 Guilderland, Albany County
Guilderland Town Hall, 5209 Route 20
5 - 8:00 p.m.
February 11, 2004 Rochester, Monroe County
Rochester Museum and Science Center Planetarium
657 East Avenue
5 - 8:00 p.m.
February 24, 2004 Greenvale, Nassau County
Harbor Hill School, 3 Glen Cove Road
(Exit 39N off the Long Island Expressway)
7 - 9:00 p.m.
February 25, 2004 Long Island City, Queens County
1115 - 47th Avenue
5 - 8:00 p.m.
March 2, 2004 Tupper Lake, Franklin County
Tupper Lake High School, 25 Chaney Avenue
5 - 8:00 p.m.
March 3, 2004 Glens Falls, Warren County
Town of Queensbury Town Hall, 742 Bay Road
5 - 8:00 p.m.
March 10, 2004 Old Forge, Herkimer County
Town of Webb Park Avenue Offices (Gymnasium)
5 - 8:00 p.m.
March 11, 2004 Utica, Oneida County
Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street
Conference Rooms A & B
5 - 8:00 p.m

Name of Action: Adoption of a Draft Comprehensive Snowmobile Plan for the Adirondack Park/Draft GEIS (Draft Plan/Draft GEIS)

Co-lead Agencies: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Empire State Plaza, Agency Building 1
Albany, NY 12238

SEQR Status: Type I Action

Description of the Action: Adoption of a conceptual plan to maintain an integrated snowmobile trail system on public and private land in the Adirondack Park that will provide snowmobilers with an experience that is consistent with Article XIV, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution while also striving to enhance the economic vitality of the Park’s citizens by providing trail linkages between local communities within the Park.

Location: Adirondack Park, Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington, Regions 5 and 6

For further information, to submit written comments or to request copies of the Draft Plan/Draft GEIS, contact:

Robert Messenger
NYSDEC - Bureau of Forest Preserve Management
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4254
(518) 473-9518
Fax: 402-9028
E-mail: lfadk@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Comments regarding the Draft Plan/Draft GEIS will be accepted until March 31, 2004.

Negative Declaration

Essex County - The Town of Keene, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed replacement of the existing water supply, storage and distribution system will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a new groundwater supply with 300 gpm capacity which will be developed along NYS Route 9N approximately 4,300 linear feet, north of the existing hamlet and service area, with a new 20' x 40' control building on land to be acquired by the Town, 5,850 linear feet of 8" transmission main/river crossing will connect to the existing distribution system and a new 38'6" diameter 400,000 gallon concrete storage tank will be built along NYS Route 73/9N, also on land to be acquired by the Town. The 180 linear feet of river crossing on the East Branch of the Ausable River will circumvent the potential adverse impacts of NYS Route 9N ROW construction in an area adjacent to the river with severe slope, shallow depth to bedrock and potential for major restoration expenses. Distribution system improvements include 1,900 linear feet of 8" DIP on 9N to Old Spring Road and Church Road, 3,600 linear feet of DIP on NYS Route 9N/73 and 3,430 linear feet of 6" DIP on NYS Route 73, E. Hill Road, Hulls Falls Road, Grist Mill Road and (Old) Spring Road. The project location is NYS Route 9N and NYS Route 73, Keene, Essex County

Contact: Victor J. Putman, P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY 12932, phone: (518) 873-3750