It was thought that the Greenport Planning Board's review of the proposed Colarusso haul road would begin last night, but it didn't.
The board acknowledged the receipt of the revised project narrative (a condensed and somewhat out-of-focus version of which is now on the City of Hudson website). Ray Jurkowski, the engineer who is consulting both with the Greenport Planning Board and the Hudson Planning Board on this project, had some requests for further revision, having to do with the presentation of the number of truck trips from the quarry to the dock and relocation of the roadway on the "causeway."
The most significant part of the meeting began when Virginia Benedict, legal counsel to the Greenport Planning Board, delivered her opinion that the review of the project had to be postponed. She explained that on the previous day she had received copies of the Order to Remedy (OTR) issused by the City of Hudson for work done at the dock; the cover letter of the appeal of the OTR; and a letter from Craig Haigh, code enforcement officer, to Lisa Kenneally, chair of the Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals. Benedict told the folks from Colarusso present--J. R. Heffner, engineer P. J. Prendergast, and attorney John Privitera--that Greenport "doesn't want a segmentation argument." She conjectured that the Hudson ZBA could not make a judgment in the matter until the SEQR process was over, but she was seeking advice from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the General Counsel staff and was advising the Greenport Planning Board not to proceed with its review of the project before hearing from the DEC.
Privitera objected to the notion that the dock had to be included in SEQR to avoid segmentation, insisting that "the project site is the haul road." Prendergast lamented, "We're going to lose another month." Chair of the Greenport Planning Board, Edward Stiffler reiterated that the board needed to get "an answer that counsel is comfortable with" before proceeding.
The board did, however, tentatively schedule a public hearing, or what Stiffler carefully defined as "a public informational meeting to solicit input for the SEQRA review." The date and time are Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is expected to take place somewhere on the campus of Columbia-Greene Community College. Unfortunately, the night chosen for this meeting is the same night that the Hudson Common Council has its regular meeting for the month of April.
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