7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Falls Town Hall
Falls, New York
Kennedy (Town of Ulysses) AR*
Grigorov (Town of Ithaca)- R*
Fabbroni (City of Ithaca) – R*
Codner (Town of Lansing) – AR*
Winch (Tompkins County_ -R*
Malyj, Seneca County SWCD
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*
Greenley (Town of Lansing)-R*
Grantham (Town of Dryden) – R*
Wunderlich, Cayuga County Planning
Lozano, City of Ithaca
Stewart (Village of Interlaken)-R*
representative for municipality
alternate representative for municipality
has signed and submitted the “Call for Cooperation” (intermunicipal
1. Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes:
began at 7:00 P.M. S. Hurlbut welcomed everyone. Introductions were made.
Committee Sign Up:
The IO will be incorporated by July 2001. This will coincide with the
completion of the DOS grant. IO members need to take responsibility for
maintaining the IO and its work by signing up to staff the committees outlined
in the bylaws. Individual committees will determine meeting locations. No
further questions were raised regarding the staffing/function of the
committees. Members were directed to volunteer for committee service by
signing appropriate committee sheets following the meeting.
Discussion on Staffing and Funding Needs of the IO:
S. Hurlbut noted that the staffing and funding
of the IO will change upon completion of the current DOS contract in July. The
IO must address these needs and develop solutions now to ensure the viability
of the organization.
Morehouse asked how other similar organizations are funded. D. Zorn replied
that the successful organizations pull funding from state and federal sources
as well as from member municipalities. He cited the Canandaigua watershed
group that has developed a formula for calculating municipal contributions, but
also relies on state and federal grants. He noted that it is necessary for any
organization to maintain a minimal level of funding for normal operating
expenses. The DEC sponsored Consultant/Organization Facilitator can help the
IO work through the process of defining its funding needs and options.
Lozano noted that the IO is trying to coordinate county Water Quality
Coordinating Committees that may lead to funding opportunities. Once
identified, he suggests that staff time be devoted to obtaining those funds.
S. Hurlbut replied that the IO needs its own staff for such tasks. D. Zorn
stated that the release of the RPP will help the IO access significant funding
sources. S. Hurlbut stated that the IO will be eligible to directly receive
funding once it is granted not-for –profit status (501-C3).
Bertuch noted that the administrative needs of the IO in its current form are
great. She suggested that a provision be made to continue administrative
coverage between July and September 2000. She suggested that municipalities
consider rotating administrative coverage until a new, permanent Administrative
Center be named.
Grantham questioned the use of municipal dues to bridge the administrative gap.
S. Hurlbut state that the anticipated IO membership dues balance will exceed
$20,000 in August, 2001 and will be available to help set up first year
operational needs including administrative needs through September. She
suggests that municipalities consider rotating administrative staff
Lozano suggests that the Finance Committee determine the operational deficit
for a 5-year period and then work to fill it. The IO needs more structure and
staff. S. Hurlbut replied that the Consultant/Organization Facilitator will
help identify staff needs.
S. Anderson reported that a newsletter is being planned. The intent is
provide the public with a broader awareness of the IO and the RPP. It is
estimated that the postage cost will be approximately $1,400 and the Printing
costs approximately $1,000. Articles are being written and co-written by
members of the EOPP and Technical Committees. Funding for the newsletter
originated from Assemblyman Finch’s office as a grant from the NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation. The newsletter will be mailed to
approximately 22,000 watershed households.
contact information was s requested. J. Sipos offered to include information
provided by the EOPP Committee in the Federation of Sportsmen Newsletter. J.
Lozano suggested that the CLWN newsletter is an appropriate format for a
summary of the RPP.
Grigorov suggests that the newsletter should clarify what work has been done to
date. She referred to a recent letter from the Sierra Club proposing a study
that would duplicate past efforts. D. Morehouse stated that people are
interested in knowing who is involved in the IO. S. Anderson suggested a map
might be an appropriate graphic representation of who is involved.
Grantham wrote a response letter to the Sierra Club as the Town of Dryden
Representative to the IO. She distributed copies of the response letter and
moved that the IO respond to the Sierra Club with a letter stating what the IO
does and what efforts are already in place. G. Kennedy seconded. Motion
passed with one objection.
next round of public participation meetings is scheduled between 5 May and 31
May. Dates will be finalized shortly. The next EOPP meeting will be on 19
April. Location TBA.
D. Zorn presented the on-line, draft RPP. The hard copy/printed version will
not reflect the on-line layout. The final RPP will be approximately 50 to 60
pages in length. The web and CD versions will include layers of background and
Grantham suggested that recommendations be grouped (NPS/Point Source). D. Zorn
wants to avoid the impression that any recommendations/issues are more or less
important than others. Only one point source is listed (wastewater treatment
facilities). By contract, DOS specified the RPP look at nonpoint sources, but
the IO ranked WWT highly.
Agriculture Committee has been reviewing and commenting on the Ag. Chapter and
has done a tremendous job. The EOPP was been working on the draft RPP and will
join forces with the Technical Committee to write the Introduction and Preface
sections. The entire Technical Committee has done a whale of a job over the
past 6-8 months.
Technical Committee will meet on 10 April to review comments. Minor revisions
will be made between 10 April and 15 April. The draft will go to print on or
around 15 April. The final draft will be distributed in advance of the May
public participation meetings. Comments on the draft final will be
incorporated in June and the final RPP, in fulfillment of DOS requirements,
will be released in July (hard copy and CD-ROM).
next Technical Committee meeting will be at 10:00 A.M on 10 April at Wells
D. Zorn reported that the Agriculture Committee has been focusing on review of
the Ag sections of the draft RPP. They will meet again on 25 April at 9:30
A.M. Location TBA.
& Finance Committee:
S. Hurlbut stated that the Grant & Finance Committee has been working with
the IO/Network Joint Committee. They will meet at the Ithaca Wastewater
Treatment Facility on 23 April at 4:00 P.M. to brainstorm projects and funding
S. Hurlbut announced that a special workshop is being planned for IO members
and Technical Committee representatives at 4:30 on 12 April at the Ledyard Town
Hall. IO members were asked to volunteer to help develop quantifiable measures
to assess the success of recommendations made in the RPP. The IO needs to take
responsibility for making the goals of the RPP measurable and time specific as
the IO will be responsible for implementing the RPP. D. Zorn will invite all
members of the Technical Committee.
Bertuch stated that the Consultant/Organization Facilitator RFP is ready to be
sent out. Suggestions for potential candidates were solicited.
Set Agenda Items and Date For Next Meeting:
next meeting of the IO will be held on April 25 at the Interlaken Baptist
Church in Interlaken.
meeting was adjourned at 8:35 P.M.
should respond to the Sierra Club with a letter stating what the IO does and
what efforts are already in place.
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