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Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Tompkins County - The Tompkins County Legislature, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Envionmental Impact Statement on the proposed Public Safety Communications System. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on November 3, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. at the Tompkins County Courthouse, 320 North Tioga Street; Ithaca, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until November 18, 2005. The project involves construction and installation of facilities for a new Public Safety communications network. The proposed action includes nine tower sites, four of which are new tower sites; others are upgrades to existing facilities or co-location on existing towers. New towers will be less than 200 feet tall, constructed of galvanized steel, free standing, and without lights. Towers will be equipped with a number of various types of antenna and microwave dishes. Site facilities will include access drives, pre-cast concrete shelters for emergency generators and electrical equipment, above-ground propane tanks, security fencing, and electrical service.

Project locations:

Taft Rd, Town of Caroline, Tax Parcel 21.-1-3.2
East Miller Rd, Town of Danby, Tax Parcel 6.-1-21.22
Curtis Rd, Town of Danby, Tax Parcel 23.-1-3
Walker Rd, Town of Dryden, Tax Parcel 36.-1-34
Mount Pleasant Rd, Town of Dryden, Tax Parcel 52.-1-53
Podunk Rd, Town of Enfield, Tax Parcel 2.-1-7
Sincerbeaux Rd, Town of Groton, Tax Parcel 31.-1-5
Protts Hill Rd, Town of Newfield, Tax Parcel 11.-1-2.2
Irish Hill Road, Town of Newfield, Tax Parcel 32.-1-4

Contact: Joan Jurkowich, Tompkins County Planning Department, 121 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 274-5560, fax: (607) 274-5578, e-mail: planning@tompkins-co.org.