Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization
of Ledyard Town Hall
February 27, 2002
McEver, Town of Lansing
Grigorov, Town of Ithaca
Hurlbut, Town of Ledyard
Anderson, Alternate, Tompkins County
M. Winch, Tompkins County
Howell, Town of Scipio
Dugan III, Supervisor, Town of Ledyard
Morehouse, Town of Ledyard
Kennedy, Town of Ulysses
Grantham, Town of Dryden
meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM at the Town of Ledyard town hall.
by Dave Morehouse and seconded by George Kennedy to approve the
from the November and January meetings.
was much discussion concerning funding for the IO to implement the Restoration
and Protection Plan for the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Deb Grantham, the chair of
the IO, submitted a grant for implementation of part of the RPP recommendations
to the Great Lakes Restoration Program through the NYS Department of
Hurlbut stressed the need for funding to help bring all municipalities on board
to implement the RPP. She suggested sponsoring a brunch or breakfast for all
the Legislative representatives in the watershed and invite all the groups or
agencies that would be involved with the implementation of the RPP. Sylvia will
look into a place and sponsors for the event. Deb will contact a legislator to
find the time to schedule this event that would get the most attendance. It was
also suggested that we invite the news media to this event.
Grantham, the chair, gave the financial report of the balance of the IO
account-$29,650.80. She had received the $5,000 funding
the Tompkins County Health Department. We owe Central New York Regional
Planning Board,$2500 for the matching funds for Sue Seneca Project. There was
discussion concerning the IO members and the dues for the year. Dave Morehouse
is concerned that some of the municipalities have not put in funding for this
year. Deb said that she would send out vouchers to all the municipalities
within the watershed. It was pointed out that Town and Village time frames for
their budgets were different. This has not been a problem before.
for implementation of the RPP:
Hurlbut presented a beginning workplan for the IO and committees. She pointed
out that it was a beginning and very small in
We need to get working on implementing the RPP she pointed out. A lot of money
was spent on the RPP and now we need to get busy implementing the Plan.
Kennedy reported on their visit to the NASA RACNE center in Auburn, NY. Deb
Grantham had a concern that this group was asking for information and research
from us in relation to watersheds, but would only produce information on a
large scale for the Owasco Watershed. She has concerns for us doing the
research and getting no information for the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Deb also
pointed out that a lot of the material that was shown to the group was
purchased from a vendor and none appeared to be developed by RACNE. One buys
the software and then customizes it for your area. She stressed that if we
were to get involved we should get a product for the Cayuga Lake Watershed.
also reported that a conference on "Monitoring in the
is scheduled for March 19, 2002 at Wells College. There will be approximately
12 presentations on "what and where is monitoring within the watershed". There
will also be a look at where are the gaps in monitoring within the watershed.
Harjes, chairman of the education committee, reported that a speaker bureau
list has been compiled and they are working on press releases about the
watershed activities. Tompkins County league of
voters would be the first event. She also reported that they are
into a "floating classroom" to educate the community and the area school
children. She suggested that maybe a college classroom could do some Public
Service Announcements for the watershed.
Grantham, reported on the meeting with the chair of the Network, Janet Hawkes
concerning the IO piggy backing with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. The
discussion ended up with Janet Hawkes requesting Deb do research on several
issues. Deb was concerned about putting a lot of time into research while not
being sure that the Network Board is interested in the potential merger. Janet
Hawkes was concerned about her Board having to re-look at their 5013C
classification, given the amount of work it took. Deb did point out that Janet
did not distribute the report from Sue Seneca to the Network Board of
Directors. Some of the Network's concerns were the liability from the IO to the
Network and the independence of both organizations. The Network's treasurer,
Bill Shaw, is concerned about the legal ramifications. During meetings with
Sue Senecah, the IO heard from Dave Watson who worked with Sue Seneca says
there would be no legal difficulties. Dave has been asked to call Bill Shaw and
he has not done so yet. Sharon Anderson, Deb Grantham and Sylvia Hurlbut were
going to all contact Dave Watson to call Bill Shaw and discuss the legal
ramifications of the merger of the two groups. All the above issues were all
laid out in Sue Seneca's Report and there may be enough there to get started.
IO agreed that it is important to have discussions about the joint IO/Network
merger in a committee setting and would like the IO representatives from the
current Joint IO/Network committee to continue (Chuck Howell, Deb Grantham,
Jackie Cassaniti, Dave Morehouse and Sylvia Hurlbut).
Hurlbut reported on the February Cayuga County WQMA meeting. Cayuga County is
beginning to put together legislation to eliminate "septage " spreading in
Cayuga County. The DEC representative from the Cortland area said that
Cortland County is looking to do the same legislation. Sylvia pointed out that
this is good news for the watershed.
Meeting: March 27, 2002 in the Ithaca area.
Adjourned: 9:00 PM
by: Sylvia Hurlbut
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