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Notice Of Public Hearing


This is to inform all concerned that the City of Peekskill will hold a meeting on the proposed Peekskill Drinking Water Treatment Plant.

June 28, 2004
7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
The Council of Chambers
840 Main Street
Peekskill, New York

The purpose of the meeting is to accept comments from the public on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the proposed design, construction and operation of the new Peekskill Drinking Water Treatment Plant. The proposed project is considered as an Unlisted Action under the SEQR guidelines. The new drinking water treatment plant would provide drinking water for the existing population. The Environmental Assessment for the project is based on the Environmental Assessment Form that has been prepared in accordance with article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the environmental requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) as set forth in NYCRR Part 617, the City Environmental Quality Review Act (CEQR) process, as set forth in the State Environmental Review Process (SERP) as required by the State Revolving Loan Fund Program.

The City of Peekskill proposes to design, construct, and operate an 8-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) drinking water treatment plant to provide clarification, filtration and disinfection of its raw water supply. Two sources of raw water supply the existing plant and would continue to supply the new plant: Peekskill Hollow Brook and an emergency connection to the New York City Catskill Aqueduct. Water is pumped from the Peekskill Hollow Brook to Campfield Reservoir.

Construction of the drinking water treatment plant would replace the existing water treatment plant that was placed into service in 1909. The replacement of the existing plant is due to aging equipment, constraints on operation, and to meet current and future drinking water quality regulations. The new plant would be constructed on the existing 43-acre City-owned property. The existing plant would remain in operation until completion of the new plant.

The 8-mgd plant would include pumping, mixing, flocculation, clarification by dissolved air flotation (DAF), granular filtration and clearwells. The clearwells will provide the necessary contact time to achieve disinfection requirements. Ancillary systems would include pre- and post-treatment chemical facilities, process waste backwash water handling and treatment, and residuals handling facilities, with necessary support facilities, such as those for the electrical, instrumentation, plumbing, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems. These treatment processes and services would be housed within a single structure with associated administrative offices and laboratory facilities.

The public comment period will remain open until July 8, 2004. Written comments may be addressed to City of Peekskill 840 Main Street, Peekskill, New York 10566. Attention: Scott Kavana, Water Superintendent.

Public Scoping Session

Westchester County - The Town Board of the Town of North Salem, as lead agency, will hold a Public Scoping Session on the Orchard Hill, LLC petition for zoning amendment - addition of new permitted principal uses to the existing R-4 zoning district and related supplemental regulations for conference, lodging and recreation facilities. The Public Scoping Session will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the North Salem Middle School located at 230 June Road, Near the Intersection with Hardscrabble Road, in the Town of North Salem, NY.

Contact: Veronica Howley, Town of North Salem Town Board, 266 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560, phone: (914) 669-5577, fax: (914) 669-8670.

Positive Declaration And Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Westchester County - The New York State Division of Lottery, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at Yonkers Raceway may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared.

Description of Action: The Lottery is proposing the phased installation of up to 7,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the 98-acre Yonkers Raceway site located in the City of Yonkers, County of Westchester. This will consist of the phased renovation of the existing clubhouse, construction of a pre-engineered building to house some of the VLTs, repaved and expanded surface parking lots, possible construction of a new parking garage and various associated on-site utility infrastructure improvements.

Location: The project is located on approximately 98 acres in the far southern portion of the City of Yonkers, southeast of the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue.

Potential Environmental Impacts: The Lead Agency has determined that the action may include the potential for at least one significant adverse impact including the effects on traffic, drainage, community character, noise, public services and visual effects.

Public Comment Period: Written comments on the DEIS will be accepted by the contact person (see below) until July 23, 2004.

Public Hearing on the DEIS: A public hearing on the DEIS will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st floor of the Yonkers Raceway, 810 Central Avenue, in the City of Yonkers, New York. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to file in advance to speak at the public hearing. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements.

Copies of the DEIS are available for review at: the Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, New York 10701, and at the Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10710.

Copies also may be obtained from the contact person: Robert J. McLaughlin, Esq., General Counsel, New York State Division of Lottery (Lottery), One Broadway Center, Schenectady, NY 12301, Telephone Number: (518) 388-3408, Email: rmclaughlin@lottery.state.ny.us.

Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

Westchester County - The Town of Bedford Planning and the Town of North Castle Planning Board, as lead agencies, has determined that the proposed Seven Springs Residential Subdivision may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until June 29, 2004. A public scoping session will be held on June 29, 2004 at 7:30 pm at the Whippoorwill Hall, Town of North Castle Public Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, NY. The action involves a residential subdivision application involving the development of a 213-acre site as a residential subdivision. Eight lots are proposed within the Town of Bedford, nine lots are proposed in the Town of North Castle and no new lots are proposed in the Town of New Castle.

All of the property in the Town of New Castle will remain in its natural state. It is anticipated that this property will be offered for dedication to the Town of New Castle or subject to a conservation easement that will be monitored by a not-for-profit organization such as the Westchester Land Trust or the Nature Conservancy.

Access to the site is proposed over a new private road from Oregon Road in the Town of Bedford. Other potential points of vehicular access are under study.

At the local level, it is anticipated that the proposal will require subdivision approval, steep slope permit and tree removal permit approvals from the Bedford Planning Board; wetlands permit approval from the Bedford Wetlands Control Commission; permission for building demolition from the Bedford Historic Building Preservation Commission; and subdivision, tree removal permit and wetlands permit approvals from the North Castle Planning Board. The project is located in the Towns of North Castle, Bedford and New Castle with access from Oregon Road in Bedford.

Contact: Adam R. Kaufman, Frederick P. Clark Assoc., 350 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye, NY 10580, phone, (914) 967-6540, fax, (914) 967-6615, email: akaufman@fpclark.com.