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Wayne Post
  • Across the county — Chairman shares what’s happening

  • On Feb. 28 the Wayne County Lakeshore Alliance met with District Manager Ian Phillips, of Congressman Dan Maffei’s Office regarding the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) plan to change regulations governing Lake Ontario lake levels.

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  • On Feb. 28 the Wayne County Lakeshore Alliance met with District Manager Ian Phillips, of Congressman Dan Maffei’s Office regarding the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) plan to change regulations governing Lake Ontario lake levels.The Alliance — the Wayne County Towns of Ontario, Williamson, Sodus, Huron and Wolcott, the Village of Sodus Point and the Town of Sterling in Cayuga County — was formed in 2012 specifically to oppose adoption of a new plan — BV7, which If adopted, will result in extensive flood and erosion damage to the south shore of Lake Ontario during high water years and economic devastation during low water years.
    Phillips advised the group the IJC will release a proposal in April and will seek public input. It is unknown how this input will be received. The public informational meetings last year were not recorded nor were decision makers from the IJC present.
    In 2007 the IJC set forth what was characterized as a “balanced plan” referred to as “D+”. This plan was ultimately withdrawn. It was acknowledged that an accurate measurement of the economic and property damage impact to the south shore was lacking. In addition, the estimate of compensation for lost property and economic hardship was wholly inadequate.
    In 2011, BV7 was released without input from the south shore municipalities negatively impacted. BV7 results in more damage to the south shore than the 2007 plan withdrawn only a couple of years earlier. Although BV7  cites average lake levels to be “only” 2.4 inches higher, BV7 calls for both higher and lower levels for more frequent and longer periods of time than does the current plan – 58DD – which has been in effect since 1958. If implemented, BV7 will decrease assessed values along the lakeshore. The loss of tax revenue will result in a shifting of the tax burden to property owners elsewhere in the county.  
    Public informational meetings were held in May and June, 2012. They were well attended with considerable concern voiced over the negative impact to the shoreline. The members of the Wayne County Lakeshore Alliance continue to make this issue a priority. We will work with the other south shore counties affected and be vigilant in keeping the public informed of new developments.
    Another major issue facing our county is deteriorating bridges and roads. The following bridges remain closed since last year: the Canandaigua Road Bridge in Macedon, Division Street Bridge in Palmyra and County House Road Bridge in Arcadia. These bridges are owned by the Department of Transportation. Funding to maintain these closed bridges comes from federal monies which must be sought after by New York State.
    The Supervisors with closed bridges and myself have been in contact with Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assemblyman Bob Oaks relative to the need for assistance with repair/replacement of our bridges and aging roadways.  Superintendent of Public Works, Kevin Rooney, has been working with New York State Department of Transportation Officials.
    Page 2 of 2 - The funding for local highways comes from local tax dollars and state funding through the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). Unfortunately, the level of funding for CHIPS is at the same level as it was in 2008. The need for more funding to repair and maintain our highway infrastructure remains an ongoing priority for the Board of Supervisors. Maintaining quality and safety in our highways is essential for economic growth. Highway maintenance projects immediately create jobs while improving our infrastructure. 
     
    The next Board of Supervisors meeting is on Tuesday, March 19 at 7p.m.
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