8/27/15

New York State Department of Transportation issues a travel advisory of 12E from the Cape to Three Mile Bay.

Contact: Michael Flick, (315) 785-2218
Release Date: August 27, 2015
NYSDOT PAVING ON STATE ROUTE 12E BETWEEN THREE MILE BAY AND CAPE VINCENT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY
Please be advised that on Monday, August 31, NYSDOT will begin paving operations on State Route 12E between Three Mile Bay and Cape Vincent in Jefferson County.

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and a pilot vehicle and motorists may encounter minor delays. Paving operations are expected to be complete in approximately 10 days.
Please drive carefully through every construction zone.


"a 'Coffee with your Congresswoman' event and a tour of the facility, which manufactures high-speed fire, rescue and patrol boats"

Stefanik talks Plan 2014 with Save the River in Clayton, tours Cape Vincent patrol boat manufacturer

8/26/15

Cape Vincent Republicans will hold a fun public rally at the Roxy for their candidates - August 30.

REPUBLICAN RALLY
SUNDAY AUGUST 30
AT THE ROXY
5-8 PM

A good opportunity to meet
"THE RIGHT TEAM AT THE RIGHT TIME"

Doesn't Republican Cape Vincent Town Board Supervisor Candidate Debra Suller deserve equal time on Watertown's Z93?

It is no secret that Civic Charlie, one of local of talk show host Jay Donovan's favorite regular guests on the Z93 talk show, has been running for Town of Cape Vincent  supervisor. Political Candidate Al Wood, aka Civic Charlie has been a regular guest on Jay's radio show and comments on Jefferson County and Cape Vincent social and political matters as well as on other important items of public interest such as women's boobs and bottoms.

Most recently Jay, while on the air,  consulted with Civic and we all heard his opinion on a guy who got drunk at a Cape Vincent bar, got naked, took a swim, lost his clothes, stole a car, and got caught.

As local stories go, this was a big one. Well, at least big enough for town supervisor wannabe Civic Charlie  to score a little extra exposure on newzjunkie and the social media.

The point being, that Al Wood, while campaigning for local office is getting free media exposure with his air wave antics on the Jay Donovan show. Isn't Civic Charlie's opponent Debra Suller  eligible for equal air time?  After all, she may have a different opinion about how a town public official should present and represent our community and her office.

8/25/15

Z93: If I Ever Get Wet, Drunk and Naked in Cape Vincent, It Is Good to Know That Residents Will Be Understanding

2015 Candidate for Cape Town Supervisor, Civic Charlie, "He only forgot what cottage he was staying at  and one thing about the Cape, no charges for taking (stealing) the guy's car!"

Green Heron cooperates.

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For many years, green herons have been nesting on my property. They love to be heard and not seen. But this morning, as I was headed out the door for my walk, a family of four was making lots of noise and showing off for me. This one even let me get close enough to take a few pictures.

According to Jefferson County Board of Elections Commissioner Jude Seymour, the Cape Vincent Democrats have yet to set a date for their September caucus.



It seems every election year the secretive Cape Vincent Democrat party likes to keep the voters guessing about the night they anoint their already vetted and proven members of their oligarchy who have obeyed the orders and jumped the hoops that allow them to become worthy of an opportunity to serve their interests on the Town and Village Boards.

I suppose they do it on purpose. After all, in a caucus, if a potential candidate for local office, independent of the party's powerful thumb wanted to throw his/her name in the hat all they would have to do is show up that night with enough support and become a candidate. 

Holy crap!!!!  If that actually happened, years of planning by the Cape Democrat Committee to "Take back the Cape" could be flushed right down the toilet. So, keeping the caucus date secret or spreading rumors about the actual date gives the democrats a big boost toward locking out any wannabes who do not carry the card of the oligarchs.

According to a report in the Aug. 25 Watertown Daily Times, "Cape Vincent is likely to hold a Democratic caucus, but the board (of elections)  has yet to be notified as to when."

You can visit the WDT report at this link.

8/24/15

Watertown Daily Times Blogger and City Editor Perry White writes, "Outside of the city of Watertown election, the race to fill the district attorney position in Jefferson County, the supervisor’s race in Clayton and the entire election in Cape Vincent, there are very few of what one might call high-profile contests."

In his August 21 Blog Post, Editor Perry White asks,  "what you are doing on election day",  and refers to the 2015 Cape Vincent general election as one of the "very few of what one might call high-profile contests".

Watertown Daily Times Editor, Perry White, also confirms that Cape Vincent Town Council hopeful Marty Mason already has the Conservative line on the Town of Cape Vincent ballot.

In a June 19 Blog Post, Editor White headlined Cape Vincent government as "Your Basic Tangled Web" and wrote:

Over the 20 years I’ve been involved in news coverage of the north country, there have been episode after episode of back-door nepotism, front-door nepotism, ethical chicanery, petty parochialism and worse.

You can read Mr. White's Blog Posts referring to Cape Vincent politics here and here. 

Unfortunately,  Mr. White is spot on with his observations, and the sad state of governmental affairs and decisions based on "episode after episode of back-door nepotism, front-door nepotism, ethical chicanery, petty parochialism and worse" do not seem to be going away as the town board members struggle with bringing a semblance of legitimacy to the Cape Vincent water districts.


It is being reported from the campaign trail voters have they questioned why Marty, a village water dept head, is allowed to deal with water issues (affecting the town) as a town board member.  Is that not a conflict of interest?  Also when I was out campaigning in the village, some homeowners were concerned that if Marty is not re-elected, the wonderful service they have gotten from him will end.  People need to realize these are two very separate positions."

So as Mr. Mason runs his campaign and the Village public works while serving on the Town Board the issue of the appearance of conflict of interest is still boldly flown in the face of Cape Vincent voters. And, yes, they are two different issues. And, if Mr. Mason were to lose the town election the wonderful service should not end. In fact, it should get better since he would have more time to devote to the fine tuning of the services provided.

A vote for Marty Mason in the Republican Primary is a waste of a Republican's vote.

Considering that Marty Mason already has the Conservative line, and is not even endorsed by the Town of  Cape Vincent Republican Party, it doesn't make sense for real Republicans  to waste their vote on him in the September 10 primary. 

Remember, back in 2009, then chairman of the Republican Committee, Marty Mason, did NOT endorse any of the Republican candidates. Mason is also featured on a Democrat Facebook page standing at a Democrat fundraiser with Democrat Assembly Member Addie Russell. Mason appears confused about his party affiliation and who he serves,  so it would not be wise for Cape Vincent Republicans to encourage political schizophrenia with a Republican primary vote for a candidate who already has a spot with an opposing party.

A vote for Hester chase and Allen Walker gives the voters more choices in the November general election.

Cape Vincent Republican fundraiser will be held for the party's endorsed local candidates.



The Cape Vincent Republican Committee is hosting a fundraiser at the Roxy Hotel, Cape Vincent
 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 30 
The event will include food, a raffle and auction.
A $20 donation is required for admission
to 
Support
Debra Suller - Town Supervisor
Sam DeLong - Town Council
Hester Chase - Town Council
Allen Walker - Town Council
John Blodgett - Town Judge
Colleen Knuth - Town Judge
Pam Youngs - Village Trustee
Williard (Bill) Kirchgessner - Village Trustee

8/22/15

Galloo Island visit confirms that Jefferson County, NY and Lake Ontario Golden Crescent residents should insist that Hudson Energy be required to expand their visual studies from five miles to fifteen miles.

On Saturday, August 22, 2015 my wife and I spent the day on our boat cruising to Galloo Island  in Jefferson County, NY's Golden Crescent Region on the Eastern End of Lake Ontario.

For those who believe the JCIDA CEO's theory that the proposed 575 foot Galloo Island turbines would be "out in the middle of nowhere" and would "look like thimbles", I assure you that seeing is believing. And if there is any good news, it is the fact that the "puny" wind towers on Wolfe Island stand right out there as a visual bench mark for what the proposed "Galloo Island monsters" would bring to the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the Gateway to the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands.

Below, are some of the photos I took during the visit.
Click on photos to enlarge and view slideshow.




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When approaching Galloo Island from the North the first prominent feature of the magnificent island is the north shore palisade. Galloo island has elevation and the cliffs would add extra height to the proposed 575 foot industrial wind turbines.

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During our visit we spotted several American Bald Eagles. Hudson Energy will likely ask permission from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to allow their turbines to kill them as well as destroy any nests in the way of their 575 foot "white towers of testosterone".



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Meteorological towers like this one on Galloo measure wind but they don't measure ecology and bucolic features of the industrial wind sacrifice zones.


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My mom, with the lunch box, lived on a Galloo Island farm in the early 1900's. She is shown here with my Uncle, hiding from the camera, and the lighthouse keeper's daughters. They attended school on Galloo and traveled across the ice to Sacketts Harbor to take their regents exams in January.

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The Galloo Island lighthouse still stands today, and is owned by a Nevada couple.



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 The Galloo Island fog station still stands on the shore near the lighthouse.  It was built in 1897.

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There is not much left of where my mom lived on the island just east of the lighthouse.

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This is a view from the south shore of Galloo looking past Little Galloo to Nine Mile Point 25 miles to the southwest. The cooling tower is 540 feet high. The proposed Galloo Island wind towers will be 575 feet high. The Oswego Shoreline would have views of dozens of Galloo Island towers.


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Above is a view of the old U.S. Coast Guard Station in Gill Harbor on the east end of Galloo. It now belongs to the New York State Department of Conservation and is located in the Island's only safe harbor. Jefferson County Golden residents have expressed fears that the DEC may have made some kind of an agreement with Hudson Energy to sacrifice the Lake Ontario gem to big industrial wind.


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This is a view of the stony eastern point of Galloo Island with the Wolfe Island turbines behind.  This view and others looking back at the Town of Cape Vincent and Wolfe Island was the biggest surprise of the day. The Wolfe Island turbines are 16 miles away. The Wolfe Island turbines are 200 feet shorter than the proposed 575 foot Galloo Island monsters.


Yet,  Hudson Energy in their New York State Public Service Commission PIP  insist that the visual study area for their project be only 5 miles.

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During our day cruising around Galloo Island I counted over 50 boats visiting the island to fish. I also noted that from Galloo Island the entire shoreline of Jefferson County's Golden Crescent, as well as many miles of Oswego County's Lake Ontario shores, were clearly visible. The view above is from the north shore, in the vicinity of the cliffs, looking toward Sacketts Harbor, Dexter and Watertown, 25 miles away.


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As we were returning to Cape Vincent, I noticed that the Town of Cape Vincent's Grenadier Island, shown above protruding from the right side of the picture, did not completely hide the Wolfe Island turbines which are 200 feet shorter than the proposed 575 foot Galloo Island giants. So, I would conclude that Jefferson County Golden Crescent Islands and its many points will not protect Lake Ontario home owners from Galloo Island visual impact.

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This is a view of a home on the Town of Cape Vincent's Grenadier Island south shore. The south shore is divided into approximately 36 tax parcels. Each of them have a full view of Galloo Island only 7.5 miles away. In my opinion, from years of familiarity with wind development problems around the world, I believe that those properties would suffer a severe hit in value and salability as a result of a Galloo Island industrial wind facility.


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Galloo Island in its entirety as seen from the town of Cape Vincent, Grenadier Island.


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When a boater approaches the entrance to the St. Lawrence River, all 86 of the Wolfe Island Turbines and the tops of the trees appear before the Island land can be seen. 

Twenty turbines are shown in the above photo. But, when you are actually on the water, all 86 turbines stretch for miles across the horizon. This is a view of Ontario, Canada from 14 miles away. 

 Do we want to do this to Jefferson County,  using turbines that are 200 feet higher than those on Wolfe Island?


Village of CV lays plans to update their LWRP while the Town of CV joins in establishing the same.

Town and village of Cape Vincent to pursue joint waterfront plan

What can the New York Rural Water Association do for the Town of Cape Vincent water district woes?

I have heard plenty of discussion and have received emails and comments regarding the Cape Vincent Town Board's agreement that the New York Rural Water Association might be able to assist the Town Board with determining the most equitable way to make up for the lack of money to pay their promised share of the Village of Cape Vincent's debt on their recently installed fourth filter, which was necessary for them to continue to supply the water that might be needed for growth in the towns of Brownville, Lyme and Cape Vincent. DANC, which serves all three of those municipalities also is responsible for a share of the fourth filter debt.

According to the NYRWA Website:

About NYRWA

With over 1400 members, New York Rural Water Association (NYRWA) is the largest membership organization representing small water/wastewater systems in the state. Our system members include villages, towns, municipal water and sewer districts, county authorities, state and federal institutions/facilities, schools and colleges, investor-owned water utilities, homeowner associations, and privately owned systems such as mobile home parks. Most of our systems serve a population of less than 10,000 each. NYRWA is run by and for rural systems. A volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from rural water/wastewater systems and small communities governs us. In addition, NYRWA has over 135 Associate Members. Our Associate Members include industry suppliers, consultants, and contractors. The support of these companies is a key to NYRWA's success. NYRWA is also affiliated with the National Rural Water Association
NYRWA assists communities and systems to comply with complex regulations and to protect the public health and environment. We assist communities and systems through on-site technical assistance, specialized training, and as a liaison to the government. We provide hands-on practical technical assistance at no cost on a wide variety of topics such as state and federal regulations, reporting, fiscal management, initial and continuing training needs, source water protection, system operation and maintenance, and solid waste management. Our staff work one-on-one with system personnel throughout the state and make thousands of on-site visits to communities and systems annually. 
NYRWA offers specialized training to industry professionals at regional meetings and our statewide annual technical conference. Our training sessions cover a broad spectrum of needs and allow our industry professionals to upgrade their skills. Finally, NYRWA acts as a liaison between the state and federal government, local communities, and rural water and wastewater systems. We monitor the rules and regulations promulgated by these agencies, track state and federal legislation, and work to express our opinions on behalf of our members in New York.
JLL spent an hour researching the NYRA site, including their news, and services. I did not find anything that indicated that the organization had experience in ensuring fair and equitable billing or legal matters, providing auditing services or attending to legal matters that might result from claims of inequity in determining EDU's related to debt service. 
JLL Readers can visit NYRWA at this link.

Monday, August 24, 6:00 PM the Cape Vincent Town Board will be meeting at the town offices for a work session. 

8/21/15

Town Councilman Aubertine still objects to adjusting water district EDU's as an effort to make fourth filter debt based on actual water usage.

Cape Vincent Town councilman Paul Aubertine, who missed a previous work session when other councilman seemed to come to an agreement, still believes that the town's share of the village fourth filter debt should not be based on actual water usage. By Aubertine's thinking,  large farms, the prison, school and parks would pay the special assessment based on one EDU while others would  pay based on dozens of EDU's even though they use far less water.

Another work session has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 24 at 6:00 PM at the town office. Abetting has agreed to make the meeting and it is expected that the inequities of EDU assignments will be discussed. Other councilman have agreed that inequities should be addressed in all of the water districts.

Town of Cape Vincent enters into an agreement with the Village of Cape Vincent to expand the Village Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).

At last night's Town of Cape Vincent Board meeting, the council agreed to enter into an agreement for the payment of initial work that would lead to a Village-Town LWRP. This year, the Local Development Group and the Town missed the deadline for initiating the work which would address critical local water front issues.

The Village of Cape Vincent has had a LWRP in place since 1988 and the Town Board action will give them an opportunity to update their program. 

The town has agreed to join the Village with the town paying for 60% of the initial grant application which will cost an estimated $3500. Councilman Ed Bender, who is also the chair of the local development, group suggested urgency in bringing the Village and Town together now with the funding for the application so they don't miss the next deadline. 

"The Village of Cape Vincent Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a locally prepared comprehensive land and water use plan for the Village's natural, public, and developed waterfront resources along the St. Lawrence River.

The Village of Cape Vincent LWRP refines and supplements the State's Coastal Management Program and provides a comprehensive framework within which critical waterfront issues can be addressed and planned waterfront improvement projects can be pursued and implemented."

Cape Vincent councilmen ask for letter to "Auto Freshener" and meat packing plant developer.


Could Little Trees  be the solution
to meat packing plant's woes?
Last night at the Town of Cape Vincent Board meeting, councilman Marty Mason asked the town board to send letters to "auto freshener" and the meat packing plant developers expressing an interest in bringing the proposed Jefferson County meat packing plant to Cape Vincent. Councilman Paul Aubertine agreed, saying that it would bring jobs.

Recently, a meat packing plant was proposed for the Jefferson County Corporate park. However, Car-Freshener, a long time Watertown based international business, has said that they would pull out of Watertown if the smelly packing plant became their immediate neighbor. In response, the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency has pulled its support of the project.

The issue is over smells and Michael Lundy, CEO of the Lundy Development Corporation is still interested in continuing with development of the meat processing facility. Lundy has said the odor issue should be studied further. New York Meat Co. has applied for a $100,000 JCIDA loan to be used for planning purposes.

I would suggest that the issue could be resolved by New York Meat entering into an agreement to purchase "Little Trees" from Car-Freshener and hang them around their plant.