By Rebecca Martin
The Town of Ulster Town Board will meet on Thursday, January 8th at 7:00pm. Although at this time, an agenda has not been posted to their site (we will continue to look for it and update this post when it is up), we expect that the board will have a discussion on the recent change to the SEQR timeline. As you know, it was reported last month that the Chazen Companies, Niagara Bottling’s consultant, had requested an additional 30 days to submit their scoping document. Originally, the delivery was to be December 22nd. It is expected that the board will confirm the date change to January 22nd.
The public may speak at the front of the meeting on matters that are on the agenda, and then given time at the end of the meeting to speak on anything else.
WHAT TO REQUEST?
60 Day Public Comment Period
Last December, KingstonCitizens.org generated a letter to the Town of Ulster as lead agency requesting a total of 60 days for public input during the public portion of the scoping process. This was due in part to the process start date being December 22nd – January 22nd and in the midst of three major holidays.
The date was reported to be moved to January 22nd, giving the Chazen Companies a total of 60 days to deliver their scoping document.
The public, in turn, wishes for the same courtesy.
Additional Hearings/Locations to Allow Public Input on Draft Scope
Because the proposed project is a complex and multifaceted one that has the potential to impact multiple communities and environmental resources, the public should ask the Town of Ulster to consider more than one public hearing on the scoping document to include locations in Kingston, Woodstock and Saugerties. Additional time and hearing locations in communities that will be potentially impacted would allow for greater public participation and input on the proposed environmental review laid out in the applicant’s draft scope.
FOLLOW: SEQR Pos Dec Review Timeline
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TOWN OF ULSTER
Town of Ulster Town Board Meeting
Thursday, January 8th, 2014
Town of Ulster Town Hall
1 Town Hall Road
Lake Katrine, NY
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