Lake Intermunicipal Organization Meeting
Hall, Village of Seneca Falls
January 23, 2002
Michelle Wunderlich, Chuck Howell, Jim Vreeland, John Sipos, Barbara Stewart,
Dan Winch, Deb Grantham, Sylvia Hurlbut, David Morehouse, Larry Fabroni, Jackie
Cassaniti, Jerry Codner, Karen Harjes, Sue Senecah.
meeting was called to order by Chair, Deb Grantham at 6:30 PM.
Senecah facilitated a discussion on the fee structure for member municipalities
of the IO. Currently, there is a flat fee of $900 per municipality per year,
which is not enforced. The inequity has been noted in a number of meetings and
some municipalities have raised the possibility of in-kind contributions in
lieu of monetary payments. This discussion is being held tonight because is the
final deliverable of Sue Senecah's contract. No action has to be taken and
probably should not be taken until the IO has further defined its future role
Senecah: The objective is develop a more equitable formula. A funding formula
should make sense and be equitable and affordable. The IO should use this
opportunity to build relationships by inviting better involvement from the
Governor has recommended that $125 million from FY2000-2001 be restored to the
Environmental Protection Fund and that it be funded with $125 million in
FY2001-2002 (and then the State would take back $50 to $100 million for the
general budget). In order to be eligible for these funds, we need to show an
anticipated budget that is justifiable and shows accountability. The fee
formula is part of this budget and also should depend on the budget.
formula can include in-kind service or expenditures.
factors that can be used in the formula are: area in the watershed; percent
area in the watershed; lake frontage; miles of tributaries; pollutant loading;
population density; discharge; volume of water consumed; and tourist income.
was a discussion about the fact that the RPP addresses the entire watershed,
including tributaries and groundwater, not just the lake. So municipalities
without lake frontage benefit and contribute.
comments included: the fee should stay small and flat to encourage
participation; upstream communities should be taken into consideration since
what they do may not affect their own community very much but may affect
downstream communities a great deal; the fee is an easy way to participate;
staff time is an easier way to make a contribution than a cash fee; and the IO
needs a professional proposal writer (Union Springs has just retained one and
will get the information to Deb Grantham).
thanks to Sue Senecah for her work with the IO.
Paid out $525 to attorney for Tax exempt status research.
31, 2001 Balance-
to the Town of Dryden to be deposited.
in interest-bearing trust and agency account at First National Bank, Dryden.
December deposit: $120.00 received in payment for two executive summaries of RPP
31, 2001 Balance:
December financial report does not include the $5,000 pledged to the IO by the
Tompkins County Health Department for printing of the RPP. A letter requesting
the funding was sent to the Health Department in late 2001 and the funding
should be forthcoming in January.
outstanding is a refund of about $3,500 of unexpended funds from the Central
New York Regional Planning Council. That will be transferred to the Town of
Ledyard and then to the Town of Dryden, probably in January.
committee Reports were given:
Grantham again requested that the committees meet and prepare work plans for
implementing the RPP. The work plans may involve only the committee members but
may involve recruiting others to help with implementation. So far, the
Education, Public Participation, and Outreach Committee (EPPOC), the
Financial/Grants Committee, and the Technical Advisory Committee have done so.
Advisory Committee (TAC): Deb Grantham reported that the TAC met on January 9,
2002. The TCE spill has been removed from the agenda because the US
Environmental Protection Agency has decided to conduct a comprehensive aquifer
study. The septage spreading discussion and a fuller response to sediment as a
priority issue are underway. The canal issue is still on the agenda.
Grantham sent Bob Brower, RACNE, a letter requesting a tour and discussion of
possible collaboration and Jose Losano is working on a date for a tour of the
RACNE facilities. The Network will be included in this tour.
is organizing a mini-conference on monitoring (what is being done and what are
the gaps in knowledge that need to be filled) to be held at Wells College on
March 19 (tentatively 9 am to noon). Speakers are by invitation.
Committee: Deb Grantham is working on an application for funding to the Great
Lakes Coastal Watershed Restoration Program, due January 31, 2002. It is a
revision of the Bond Act funding application submitted in August, 2001. Jose
Losano (Finance and TAC) and Kate Hackett (TAC) have provided input on the
application. Other comments are welcome. The Bond Act application is posted on
the Web site.
Committee: The committee has not met and Chuck Howell agreed to convene the
committee to choose a chair, an IO liaison, and begin setting a work plan.
Karin Harjes, Chair of EPPOC, reported that the committee has begun work on a
watershed-wide media campaign. We will not know if the funding requested from
the USEPA will be received until April or May, but there is some work that can
be done with little or no funding. The first task is completing a speaker
bureau list. Another task is preparing a standard Powerpoint presentation that
IO members can use at municipal and other meetings. And the media campaign task
is to write, record and air radio PSAs that provide information about watershed
issues, what action individuals can take, and how to get involved in the IO and
the Network. Sue Senecah re-iterated her suggestion that EPPOC get a slide
presentation into the movie theaters, saying that they are always looking for
silent leaders to their showings.
Committee: John Sipos will convene that committee and make some revisions to
the by-laws in preparation for the next meeting. The committee also was
requested to think about how to begin getting municipalities to adopt the model
ordinances contained in the RPP.
Grantham will get a current list of IO representatives with emails only onto
the Web site.
meeting: February 27, 2002, Ledyard Town Hall. Finance/Executive meeting at
meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
by: Deb Grantham