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Notice Of Public Hearing


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by Onondaga County regarding the Clinton Street Sewer Improvement Project (“Project”) and the environmental impacts of the Project. The Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection (“DWEP”) will conduct the public hearing as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: M. J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)
500 South Franklin Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public of the public use to be served by the proposed Project, the approximate locations of the proposed Project, its impact on the environment and residents and businesses in the locality of the Project and to receive testimony from residents, businesses and other interested parties on the Project and its proposed locations. Any person may present an oral or written statement at the hearing. The public purpose of the Project is to eliminate and/or substantially decrease the negative impacts of eleven (11) combined sewer overflow discharge points along Onondaga Creek. The Project calls for a regional treatment and storage facility and installation of pipelines to transport flow to the treatment and storage facility. The proposed location for the treatment and storage facility is land that is being used for surface parking with a street address of 102 Dickerson Street which the County proposes to acquire for the Project and the following are the proposed locations which the County proposes to acquire interests in as needed for the pipelines described in the Facilities Plan : portions of West Fayette Street, Walton Street, West Jefferson Street, West Street (service road), Tully Street, Dickerson Street, Gifford Street, West Onondaga Street, South Clinton Street, Adams Street, a surface parking lot located between W. Fayette Street and Walton Street, a surface parking lot located between Walton Street and W. Jefferson Street,, lands located between West Onondaga Street and Dickerson Street, surface parking lots located between Gifford Street and Dickerson Street and property located between Adams Street and West Onondaga Street.. The entire Project must be completed and operational by January 1, 2012 under federal court order. Design of the facility is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2007. Following design, construction is estimated to take about two years.

The details of the Project, reasonable Project alternatives, alternate locations and the impacts of the Project on the environment, residents and businesses that have been considered consistent with the Amended Consent Judgment, the State Environmental Quality Review Act are contained in a Draft Facilities Plan (DFP) and Draft Environmental Information Document (DEID) that was prepared by the County and submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the USEPA on November 21, 2005. These documents form the basis of the proposed actions that will be the subject of this public hearing. Copies of these documents are available for review on the County’s web site at www.ongov.net (click on Onondaga Lake) or go to www.lake.onondaga.ny.us and copies are also available at the following library:

Kinchen Central Library at the Galleries, 447 S. Salina St.
Hours: M, Thurs, F. Sat. 9-5, Tues. & Wed 9:00-8:30

On November 29, 2005, a formal public information meeting was held on this Project. Copies of the Responsiveness Summary compiled on these meetings will be sent to all meeting participants and will be available on the County’s web site.

The public may also submit written comments by mail to John Clare, Project Manager, Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection, 650 Hiawatha Boulevard W., Syracuse, N.Y. 13204 or via electronic mail to johnclare@ongov.net by March 23, 2006. If you have questions, call John Clare at 435-2260 ext.371 or Sue Miller at ext. 367.

A transcript of the hearing, all written comments received and responsiveness summaries will be part of the County’s environmental review, public participation process required by State Department of Environmental Conservation for approval of the DFP and site acquisition process and will be provided to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for use and consideration in the preparation of environmental findings pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as part of the County’s application for federal financial assistance.