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Public Notice

The Seneca Falls Town Board will be conducting a Public Forum at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at the Seneca Falls Community Center located at 35 Water Street, Seneca Falls, New York. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the proposed Town of Seneca Falls Comprehensive Plan.By Order of the Seneca Falls Town Board

Nicaletta J. GreerTown ClerkTown of Seneca Falls

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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee introduces ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 draft to Town Board

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Town Board, Frederick Capozzi and Christine VanDusen, members of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, introduced the draft comprehensive plan ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 to the members of the Board. While the draft will be under continued review for the next month, the Board took action to declare itself Lead Agency in the matter of SEQRA review. According to New York Department of State, “a municipality’s adoption of a land use or “comprehensive plan” (as referred to in General City Law §28-a, Town Law §272-a, and Village Law §7-722) is not only subject to SEQRA but is classified as a Type I action in the SEQRA regulations.” The Town Board will meet on September 20th for a work session. At the meeting, the Board will discuss the contents of the plan and share its feedback with the steering committee prior to finalization and its impending adoption. The Town of Seneca Falls in collaboration with the former Village last produced a comprehensive plan in 2006 which was not formally adopted.

Why does the Town need a comprehensive plan? First, one must look at the definition of ‘comprehensive plan’. A comprehensive plan “encompasses the materials, written and/or graphic, including but not limited to maps, charts, studies, resolutions, reports and other descriptive material that identify the goals, objectives, principles, guidelines, policies, standards, devices and instruments for the immediate and long-range protection, enhancement, growth and development” of the municipality”, according to New York State.Further, ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 Comprehensive Plan outlines the community’s sense of place and its vision. With active participation of residents and business owners in Seneca Falls comprising the steering committee and 4 sub-committees, their work set the pace for the Public Visioning session held in June. The community’s responses were catalogued and the information was compiled and compressed into various policy areas in which the steering committee later analyzed. The work of the steering committee, sub-committees, and the resulting visioning session makeup a vast scope of the draft plan introduced on Tuesday. Therefore, the adoption of a comprehensive plan by the Town will enable the plan ‘to act as a ‘guide in developing zoning and other land use regulations, and serve as a guide for local and state agency decision-making’ as outlined by the State.What is the purpose of having a comprehensive plan that is reflective of the current state of the community? Such a policymaking tool as the proposed draft ”ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040”:

Identifies what the community looks like now

What it should look like in the future (goals, objectives, principles)

How the community intends to get there (regulatory standards, devices and legal instruments) and

Why it should be done (protection, preservation, conservation, enhancement, growth and development)

It is the desire of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee that the draft plan be adopted to help solidify the community’s identity and build consensus through the creation of a shared vision, goals, and strategies. These goals and strategies can be the basis for new programs and regulations that will guide development and enhance the Town. All Town agencies involved in planning capital projects in the Town should first consider this plan. New York State Law mandates that zoning be made according to a well-reasoned plan.With the voices of the community at-hand, the Town of Seneca Falls has the ability to coordinate planning, zoning and spending in a dynamic framework that directs and controls growth that serve the community’s needs rather than be subject to the vision of others in the absence of a master comprehensive plan. ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 is Your Town. Your Vision. View Draft #1 Comprehensive Plan here.

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Town set to hold 2 Leaf & Brush Pick-Ups this Fall

The Town will begin to offer two leaf & brush collections this Fall in place of just one typically offered in mid-season. Beginning in 2024, the Town will also hold two Spring pick-ups. Dates are yet to be determined.

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State Comptroller releases latest Audit Report findings for Seneca Falls

From January 1, 2021 – March 17, 2023, the New York State Comptroller’s Office reviewed Town records and policies regarding Cash Collections. The following report was released by the Office of the State Comptroller on August 25.

Read more: State Comptroller releases latest Audit Report findings for Seneca Falls

OSC: Town of Seneca Falls Cash Collections Audit Report – August 2023

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Venue change for Town Board meeting in September

The September 5th meeting of the Seneca Falls Town Board will be held at the Seneca Falls Community Center located at 35 Water Street. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Seneca Falls Town Board considers new $13M Host Community Agreement with Landfill

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, Town Supervisor Michael Ferrara and the Town Board unveiled a proposed new $13M Host Community Agreement with Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill.

The new agreement is completely contingent on the Department of Environmental Control (DEC) decision to allow SMI to expand their landfill operations. Town Board members were given a copy of the HCA, a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding, and a copy of the Power Point Presentation (MOU). The presentation provides an overview of the HCA. The Board will consider approving the HCA at the September 5 Regular Board meeting.

All documents from last night’s meeting are available on the Town’s website, and in the Town Clerk’s Office. The public has over 30 days to review the HCA, MOU, and the presentation.

The highlights of the proposed host agreement were presented to the board and attendees include:

Odor control management

Third Party reporting of odor complaints

Investigation of complaints by SMI and a Town Employee trained in odor detection

Multiple measures that SMI will need to implement to remedy the situation

The Town of Seneca Falls Planning Board and Town Board will have the authority to review complaints and if needed, “pull” SMI’s permit that will be issued after the Board’s review of SMI operations

No construction vehicles or garbage trucks doing business with SMI will be allowed in the “Downtown” area of Seneca Falls

SMI will collect the Town of Seneca Falls’ garbage for free and not charge any “tipping” fees to the Town

SMI will not charge the Town for sludge disposal from the Town’s Waste Water Treatment Plant

One Million ($1m) signing bonus when the Town officially approves the HCA if the DEC gives SMI a new operation permit

Two Million ($2m) signing bonus when the Town issues the necessary permits for the Planning Board and the Town Board

Ten Million ($10m) financial contribution to the Town on an annual basis based on a charge of $4.00 per ton of solid waste collected

Total financial payment to the Town of Seneca Falls will be over $175,000,000.00 over the fifteen (15) years of the operation permit

Reserve funds would be set up that could potentially lower taxes for over 30 years, infrastructure improvements for water, sewer, and drainage just to name a few

Links: Town of Seneca Falls Presentation – Proposed Host Community Agreement

Town of Seneca Falls & Seneca Meadows Inc. – Proposed Host Community Agreement

Town of Seneca Falls & Seneca Meadows Inc. – MOU

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