7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Wagenet, Cornell Center for the Environment
Howell (Town of Scipio)-R*
Fabbroni (City of Ithaca) – R*
Codner (Town of Lansing) – AR*
Shockey (Village of Union Springs)-R*
Bertuch, CNY RPDB
Cassaniti (Town of Caroline) – R*
Morehouse (Town of Ledyard)-R*
Sipos (Towns of Covert and Varick)-R*
Hurlbut (Town of Ledyard) – AR*
Anderson (Tompkins County)-R*
Greeley (Town of Lansing)-R*
Grantham (Town of Dryden) – R*
Allee (Village of Cayuga heights) – R*
Kiefer (Village of Cayuga Heights) – AR*
Stewart (Village of Interlaken)-R*
Grigorov (Town of Ithaca)- R*
Hackett, Tompkins County Planning
Howe, Cayuga County Planning
Lozano, City of Ithaca
representative for municipality
alternate representative for municipality
has signed and submitted the “Call for Cooperation” (intermunicipal
1. Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes:
began at 7:05 P.M. S. Hurlbut welcomed everyone. Introductions were made.
Acceptance of minutes from 1/24/00 meeting moved by D. Morehouse. J. Sipos
seconded. No discussion. All in favor. Motion carried.
Financial summary sheets for the project through 12/31/00 and an IO account
statement were made available for review. Questions will be entertained at the
Hurlbut thanked the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network for its recent documented
match contribution of $53,466 as well as the City of Ithaca, Environmental
Laboratories for their documented in-kind contribution of $20,000.
Models as Management Tools:
Mark Johnson, Graduate Research Associate at the Center for the Environment at
Cornell University requested volunteers to participate in a collaborative
effort he is sponsoring in support of his MS Thesis development. Participants
will be asked to identify issues/parameters they would be interested in
modeling given their backgrounds and personal/professional areas of interest.
M. Johnson will collect this information while demonstrating how participants
can step through a number of considerations that should be considered prior to
selecting a watershed model. This type of “strategic planning”
promotes better model selection and improved viability of modeling activities.
A sign up sheet was passed. Volunteers will meet prior to the March IO meeting
in Seneca Falls at 6:00P.M. Confirmation of the meeting date and time will be
made in the March meeting announcement letter.
4. Promoting Inter-County Water Quality Strategy Communication:
Grantham proposed a strategy to involve the County Water Quality Coordinating
Committees (WQCC) in the Cayuga Lake watershed management effort. The
proposal, developed jointly by D. Grantham, J. Lozano and K. Hackett, outlined
a process for further engaging the County WQCCs as follows: reiterate
invitation to provide input to IO documents; invite WQCCs to attend IO meetings
on a regular basis; invite WQCCs to present water quality strategies and
current projects to the IO; work with the IO to identify common goals and
efforts; and apply for joint funding to conduct work on specific issues across
some discussion it was agreed that each WQCC will be invited to present their
individual Water Quality Strategy to the IO during the June 27th IO meeting in
Ithaca. Each WQCC will be given 10 minutes to make their presentation. IO
house keeping issues will be taken up during a brief meeting beginning at 6:30
Future of the IO:
S. Hurlbut stated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
has offered to provide funding to hire a consultant to work with the IO in
developing a structure and strategy that will allow the IO to move forward and
advance implementation of the RPP upon its completion in July. DEC is willing
to provide funding up to $20,000. The exact funding source was not identified
by DEC; however, it will require a 25% local match.
can grant the funds only to an incorporated entity such as the Town of Ledyard
or the CNY Regional Planning Board; however, the IO will be responsible for
writing the RFP and selecting the actual consultant. The selection process
should be underway within one to two months.
Morehouse made a motion to inform DEC that the IO is interested in the offer
and supports the DEC taking the next steps required to advance the process. L.
Fabbroni seconded. No further discussion. All in favor. Motion passed. A
sign up sheet was passed for IO members interested in participating in the RFP
Hurlbut hopes the consultant will provide direction with regards to membership
dues. She stated that the Town of Ledyard has included $900 in this
year’s budget and plans to make payment in March. She hopes other
municipalities will do the same. J. Sipos stated that the Towns of Varick and
Covert have included IO membership dues in their budgets.
was asked if a membership dues invoice was sent to municipalities last year.
It was not. To simplify the dues process, S. Hurlbut agreed to send invoices
to municipalities this year.
A total of 177 people attended a series of 4 public participation
during the month of February. At 3 of the 4 meetings agriculture and the
relationship between ag. and non-ag. neighbors was identified as an area where
the IO might play a greater role, possibly in the form of providing positive
public relations on behalf of the agricultural community. Interest in the
following issues was also expressed: septic systems; regulatory and
non-regulatory programs; model ordinances; and education.
Anderson thanked the Education Committee for their efforts. Feedback on the
meetings has been positive. Thanks to S. Hurlbut for arranging to have the
Cayuga County Dept. of Health address well contamination issues at the Poplar
Ridge and Seneca Falls meetings. The information was especially well received
Sections of the RPP rough draft can be accessed on the IO’s web site
through links from the table of contents. The plan is changing quickly.
Members are encouraged to check the web site often and to provide feedback on
Kieffer questioned the change in the name of the final document from the Cayuga
Lake Management Plan to the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection
Plan. She would like the word “Management” to remain in the title
as it reflects what watershed municipalities originally bought into. The fact
that municipalities did not argue against “management” is a
Lozano stated that the concept of a management plan is on-target, but not for
July. The actual management plan is projected to be completed sometime in the
future (3-5 years). The document to be released in July will not be the final
management plan and it is best not to give a false impression that it is.
Kieffer would prefer if the website stated that development of the
“management plan” is being approached via this route and would like
to see the document published on the website referred to by the original title.
She feels that the outline presented on the web site is comprehensive.
Technical Committee will meet again on March 22, 1:00 P.M. at Wells College.
The Agriculture Committee will meet on March 12 at 9:30. The location will be
Grantham stated that it is difficult for her to make committee meetings that
are held during regular working hours. Meetings held in the early morning or
late afternoon would allow her to participate in more meetings more.
and Finance Committee:
The Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization’s balance sheet was
presented. The balance as of 2/28/01 was $22,422.13. The bill for production
of the Characterization CD-ROM
paid in February and the IO received part of a $5,000 DEC grant provided as a
member item through Gary Finch’s office.
On March 20 in Seneca Falls, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network will sponsor a
forum entitled “Seneca Meadows and the Local Watersheds: Questions and
Hamlet of McGee is investigating the development of a 200-unit truck stop just
off of the NYS Thruway in the Town of Tyler. Development will require an
extension of water and sewer lines from Seneca Falls. Details are being worked
Bair, attorney for the Town of Ledyard, has been working on paperwork necessary
for the IO to incorporate. Fees for associated assistance will total $500. J.
Sipos moved to approve a $500 expenditure to Jim Bair for IO incorporation. D.
Allee seconded. D. Grantham asked if the IO would be able to directly receive
funding once it is incorporated. S. Hurlbut stated that it would. No further
discussion. All in favor. Motion carried.
Set Agenda Items and Date For Next Meeting:
next meeting of the IO will be held on March 28th in Seneca Falls. Agenda
Items include an update on the draft plan and public participation meetings.
Members will also be asked to sign up to staff IO Committees as outlined in the
meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.
Minutes of 1/24/00.
DEC to take the next steps in providing funding to hire a private consultant
a $500 expenditure to incorporate the IO
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