Online Survey for update of NYS Historic Preservation

The New York State Division for Historic Preservation is updating the state’s historic preservation plan. The previous plan was a five-year action plan for 2009-2013. Now is the time for a new action plan to provide a blueprint for strengthening and expanding preservation efforts across the Empire State.

The State Division for Historic Preservation is looking broadly for public input. Please help shape the plan by completing this brief survey:

If you have questions or want more information about the plan update and the survey, contact Amy Facca of the state historic preservation office by phone at (518) 237-8643 ext. 3109 or by email.

Robert Freeman, open government expert, to speak at Cayuga Community College tonight

Robert Freeman is coming to Cayuga Community College on Wednesday evening, December 11, to lead a discussion and forum on how the state Freedom of Information Law and Open Meetings Law keep our government open and effective.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Where: Irene Bisgrove Theatre, Cayuga Community College in Auburn
Free and open to the public!
Event flyer

Announcement in the Citizen

Understanding the laws around freedom of information and open meetings are essential for local boards and for citizens alike. The rules, and the principles, of open government apply to Town and Village Boards, school boards, planning boards, and any other public body.

Mr. Freeman is both an expert—he helped write New York State’s open government laws and is the executive director of the NYS Committee on Open Government—and an engaging speaker. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about open government in New York State.

Transmission Lines Public Statement Hearings to be held by the PSC on Dec 9 and Dec 10

Earlier this year NYSEG and National Grid filed an application to the New York State Public Services Commission (PSC) to construct and operate 14.5 miles of electric transmission line in existing and expanded right-of-ways in the City of Auburn, Town of Throop and Town of Brutus (Cayuga County), and the Town and Village of Elbridge (Onondaga County).  The transmission line would run from a substation in Auburn to a substation in Elbridge.  The proposal requires that NYSEG and National Grid widen the right-of-ways by acquiring property rights outside the current right-of-ways.

The PSC is holding two upcoming opportunities to learn about the proposal and to submit comments:

Date:         Monday, December 9, 2013
Times:       Viewing of Maps: 5:00 PM
Informational Forum: 6:00 PM
Public Statement Hearing: 7:00 PM
Location:  Cayuga County Office Building
Legislative Chambers, 6th Floor
160 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(Enter from rear doors in parking lot, then take elevator to 6th floor)

Date:         Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Times:       Viewing of Maps: 5:00 PM
Informational Forum: 6:00 PM
Public Statement Hearing: 7:00 PM
Location:  Jordan-Elbridge Community Center
1 Route 31
Jordan, NY 13080

For more information, view the December 2, 2013 press release and visit the New York State Public Services Commission project website, case number 13-T-0235.

Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan for Brutus and Weedsport

Weedsport_Sign_crop1The comprehensive plan is a valuable tool for local planning. The plan itself is a document that outlines goals for the future of your community and recommends actions to achieve those goals. The goals and recommended actions are based on an inventory and analysis of existing conditions as well as input from you and members of your community.

Nearly all of the Towns and Villages in Cayuga County have a comprehensive plan of some kind, and several have recently been working on updating their plans. The Cayuga County planning department has been working with the Town of Brutus and the Village of Weedsport over the past year and a half on a joint comprehensive plan for their shared community.

Join the Brutus-Weedsport Comprehensive Plan Committee for a public hearing on the draft comprehensive plan. If Brutus and Weedsport are your community, come to give your comments and share your ideas. If you are from another nearby community, come to see how a comprehensive plan gets made.

Town of Brutus and Village of Weedsport Comprehensive Plan
Public Hearing on Draft Comprehensive Plan
6 pm, Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Weedsport High School Cafeteria

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International Joint Commission Proposes New Water Levels for Lake Ontario, Seeks Comments

The International Joint Commission has proposed revised regulations to manage the water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The Commission is also looking for your comments on the the proposed plan. You can submit comments online until August 30, or you can attend one of the public hearings in July.

The nearest public hearing to Cayuga County will be at Williamson Central High School in Williamson, New York from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesday, July 16. See the full schedule of public hearings for other dates and locations.

In addition, there will be several technical hearings in July, including one in Rochester on Tuesday July 16 and another in Oswego on Wednesday July 17. Although the technical hearings are not open for public comment, members of the public are invited to attend and observe. See the full schedule of technical hearings for other dates and more details.

Walk the trails of Cayuga County! Downtown Auburn Loop Walk 10 am June 29

Be a super model! Model healthy choices.
Come walk the trails of Cayuga County!

Next Walk:

Saturday June 29th at 10 AM
Auburn Downtown Loop Walk
Leaving from the County Office Building lawn

Downtown Auburn Crosswalk

Other Up-coming Walks:

July 20 – Cayuga Village Recreation Trail
August 2 – In the Steps of Harriet, South Street Auburn to the Tubman Home
September 14 – Fort Hill Cemetary

More info:

Walk the Trails of Cayuga County

Help plan a new water trail on Cayuga Lake. Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan Workshops April 24 and 25

Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail
Plan Workshops

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Ithaca
11 am – 5 pm | Site tours and work sessions
6 pm | Public presentation and keynote address
Borg-Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green Street, Ithaca

Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Cayuga
8:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2 pm – 4:30 pm | Site tours and work sessions
12:30 pm | Public presentation and keynote address
Cayuga Village Hall, 6205 Railroad Street, Cayuga

For more information contact:
Harriet Haynes, Seneca County Planner
Thomas Knipe, Tompkins County Planner

Follow the project on the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail website.

Earth Day Lecture from Doug Farr on Sustainable Community Development in Geneva, April 22

Head out to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva on Earth Day for the final lecture of the spring 2013 Sustainable Community Development Lecture Series.

Special Guest: Doug Farr
When: 7 – 8:30 pm, Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), 2013
Where: Albright Auditorium, HWS Campus in Geneva, New York

More information on the Finger Lakes Institute blog.