Sunday, October 10, 2010

APA Meeting: Wind, FireTowers, Mine Expansion, New Campground

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting this Thursday, October 14, 2010 at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The October meeting is one day only.

Among the issues to be addressed will be water quality and shoreline protection measures, a change in the reclassification proposals related to fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains, the Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest Unit Management Plan, the expansion of Cold Spring Granite Company’s mine in Jay, a new 510 campsite campground in Fort Ann, and Barton Wind Partners will request a second renewal for wind monitoring masts located on Pete Gay Mountain near North Creek.

The Full Agency will convene on Thursday morning at 9:00 for Executive Director Terry Martino’s report.

At 9:30 a.m., the Park Ecology Committee will convene for two presentations related to water quality. The agency’s Supervisor for Natural Resources Analysis Daniel Spada will describe shoreline protection measures. Dr. Dan Kelting from Paul Smith’s College will discuss the Adirondack Watershed Institute. The Adirondack Watershed Institute is an educational and research organization that offers a range of services including invasive species management and water quality monitoring.

At 11:00, the State Land Committee will hear a second reading on reclassification proposals related to fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains. Based on comments from the public, Agency Board members, DEC and agency staff the preferred proposed alternative was revised recommending the reclassification of the base area of these towers to Historic Areas. The committee will also hear a first reading of the Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.

At 1:00 p.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider approving a greater than 25% expansion and new use – rock breaking and crushing operation proposed by the Cold Spring Granite Company. The project is located in the Town of Jay, Essex County.

A proposed new commercial use campground with 510 campsites for seasonal pull-in, rental and tent campers will be reviewed by the committee. This project site is located in the Town of Fort Ann, Washington County. Finally, Barton Wind Partners will request a second renewal for wind monitoring masts located on Pete Gay Mountain in the Town of Johnsburg, Warren County.

At 3:15, the Full Agency will re-convene for the ongoing “Community Spotlight” series. This month Town of Colton Supervisor Larry Patzwald will overview his community and discus important issues facing this St. Lawrence County town.

In addition, Mary Jane Watson from the Community Development Office will inform the Board about the Town’s recently completed Raquette River Blueway Trail Plan. The project was funded by the New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization grant program.

At 4:15, the Full Agency will assemble to take action as necessary and conclude with committee reports, public and member comment.

Meeting materials are available for download from the Agency’s website.

The next Agency meeting is November 18-19 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters.

December Agency Meeting: December 16-17 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters.

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