SECOND MEETING
Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan
Intermunicipal Organization Meeting
11/9/98, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Ledyard Town Hall

Minutes

Attendees: See attached sign-in sheet.

I. Meeting Purpose and Outcome: Sylvia Hurlbut welcomed everyone and stated the meeting purpose and desired outcome as getting all present to feel comfortable with why they are here, their role and what the project is.

II. Introductions: Introductions were made of all attendees.

III. Need for the Intermunicipal Organization: The Intermunicipal Organization (IO) is a vehicle for local governments to articulate their concerns, and prioritize problems and how to solve them, and to direct plan development and potentially even plan implementation. Many studies have been done on Cayuga Lake, probably more than any other Finger Lake, but that the information hasn’t been compiled to determine the problems and prioritize them. The watershed will be more competitive in tapping money available through the Bond Act and other funding sources if it has a plan determined by the locals – but it currently doesn’t.

IV. Mission Statement: The proposed IO mission statement, drafted by the Temporary Steering Committee established at the 1st IO meeting, was:
        To create a watershed management plan to allow local governments within the watershed to access $25 million set aside in the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act for the Finger Lakes region. This plan when completed will prioritize water quality problems and solutions. The Intermunicipal Organization will provide direction for the regional planning boards and other staff, and oversee the entire project."

Discussion included:

To reflect the discussions, the mission statement was revised as follows:
       "To create a watershed management plan to allow local governments within the watershed to work together for the purposes of accessing dollars, cost savings, cost sharing, and efficiency of activities among municipalities. This plan when completed will prioritize water quality problems and solutions. The Intermunicipal Organization will provide direction for the regional planning boards and other staff, and oversee the entire project."

A motion was made and unanimously passed to accept changes to the mission statement.

To reflect that the planning process and IO role does not end when the plan is created, and that it is a cycle, the mission statement was again revised as follows:
           "To create, modify, and implement a watershed management plan to allow local governments within the watershed to work together for the purposes of accessing dollars, cost savings, cost sharing, and efficiency of activities among municipalities. This plan when completed will prioritize water quality problems and solutions. The Intermunicipal Organization will provide direction for the regional planning boards and other staff, and oversee the entire project."

A motion was made and unanimously passed to accept the additional revision.

V. Roles of Participants in the Project: Roles were presented as follows:

Town of Ledyard – Sylvia Hurlbut and David Morehouse. Ledyard is the municipal sponsor for the DOS application and grant. Beyond participating in the IO, Ledyard looks at the work and products of the staff and at the billing requests, approves them and submits them to DOS.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County (CCE) – Tim Pezzolesi. Detailed handout provided. In summary, CCE is responsible for producing written educational materials including: watershed fact sheet; project brochure; and feature articles for distribution to newspapers throughout the watershed.

Cayuga Nature Center (CNC) – Janet Hawkes. Detailed handout provided. In summary, CNC is responsible for education and public participation components of the project including: producing watershed displays; providing information to the planning process on public perceptions; conducting public participation forums; and conducting water quality educational forums. CNC is blending these responsibilities into existing activities such as the "Neighbors Around Cayuga Lake Mini-Conference" and the "Water In-Water Out" workshop.

Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board (CNY RPDB) – Pam O’Malley. Detailed handout provided. In summary, CNY RPDB is the Project Administrator for the project designated by Ledyard to oversee and coordinate execution and completion of the project including: Subcontracting, billing, and reporting requirements; overall communication; tracking of staff activities; providing oversight, review and input to all project components; applying for DOS funding; preparing interim lists of Bond Act eligible implementation activities during the course of the planning project; and program development. CNY RPDB is also responsible for assisting with the formation of the IO and for staffing it.

Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) – David Zorn. Detailed handout provided. In summary, G/FLRPC is responsible for: 1) preparation of the draft plan including the draft preliminary watershed characterization and the draft watershed management plan; 2) holding and documenting technical scoping sessions; 3) assisting with formation and supporting the efforts of the IO; 4) developing and maintaining a website about the management plan; 5) assisting with the preparation of interim lists of Bond Act eligible implementation activities during course of the planning project; and 6) program development.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network – Gene Hocutt. The Network is a group of citizens who care about the Lake and Watershed. They came together about 15 months ago to look at problems in the watershed and communicate and educate about the Lake and Watershed. The Network sees its role as getting people to understand that the condition of the lake is a reflection of activities in the watershed. They have a Board, a Chair (Gene Hocutt), Vice Chairs and several Committees. They are producing newsletters and special lectures on watershed issues to encourage discussion of the issues. They too are recruiting municipal membership. The Network sees itself as totally separate from the Watershed Management Plan, but sees a lot of overlap in terms of needs for communication, education and information dissemination that it can help the management plan with. The Network is trying to raise the awareness level as to what the problems are and how to address them. In turn, the Network hopes that the IO will support the Network. The Network meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at varied locations.

VI. Next Meeting Date: The next meeting date was set for Wednesday, December 2, 1998, 7:00-9:00 P.M. at the Ledyard Town Hall. The meeting announcement will be mailed out shortly and include the 11/9 minutes and preparation materials for the next meeting. Meetings should not be scheduled for 1st or 3rd Mondays; 1st or 3rd Tuesdays (Tompkins Co. Bd. of Reps meets); 2nd Tuesdays; or 2nd or 3rd Wednesdays. No regular meeting schedule has been determined.

VII. Agenda for the Next Meeting: The IO structure will be the focus of the 3rd (12/2/98) IO meeting. It should be noted that since those present favored municipalities as the core of the IO, it was decided that for the 3rd IO meeting non-municipal awareness will still be encouraged by sending the meeting announcement, minutes and preparation materials to the current IO mailing list that includes both municipal and non-municipal interests – but that for subsequent IO meetings, any mailings pertaining to IO meetings and business will go only to municipalities. Participation at the 3rd IO meeting is for municipalities exclusively.


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