County of Wayne Tues., July 15, 2014

  1. A regular meeting was called for Board of Town Supervisors on Tuesday, July 15 at 9 a.m. The meeting began with an approval of last month’s minutes which were approved.

    Steve Groat, Town Supervisor of Galen presented a proclamation of World Breastfeeding Week 2014 from August 1-7. The second proclamation was the Business Builders 5th Anniversary.  Peg Churchill spoke on behalf and explained that Business Builders has provided assistance for new and expanding businesses in Wayne County. Churchill recognized the Chief Officer, Dave Richards for his hard work over the past five years and thanked those who provide them space for their meetings.

    Frank Sciremammano, an Engineering Professor at RIT presented the new IJC (International Joint Commission) Plan 2014 for water levels on Lake Ontario. Plan 2014 is a proposed plan which would potentially cause south shore damages on Lake Ontario based on the new water level maximums and minimums. This plan, according to Schiremammano violates three of the IJC’s principal guidelines. The 2006 IJC study  included economic, environmental and balanced guidelines.

    According to the presentation, IJC’s response was that there’s been a great effort and no change is necessary. The 2014 economic analysis was based on outdated and incorrect assumptions, which led to numerous problems with the study. Recreational boating  and tourism impacts were severely underestimated.

    Adding to the distress, there is apparently a “secret working group” separate of the IJC that hosts closed door meetings. No one knows where or when these meetings are or who is in this group. Those involved in the s meetings decide trigger levels of the water which is 2 percent for the upper level and 95 percent for the lower level. The target level of water is 7.1 feet, according to the presentation.

    Sodus Point Mayor, Chris Tertinek expanded on the issue describing the results of low water level in Sodus Point. Results at low levels include algae, high toxins, shortened seasons for fishing and boating, loss of tourism and a decrease in tax revenue. High water levels cause the water system to shut down, creates waste in the water plant property, causes property damage and a decrease in property value. The Board proposed that a letter in opposition be sent to the IJC and they intend to contact the Governor to intercede.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10:23 a.m. The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Palmyra.

    by Jessica Colon

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