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Planning Board chair Ed Stiffler asked if the proposal to pave the road had been presented to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Prendergast confirmed that it had, saying there were "other people who have to look at it" but making the prediction that "they will think it's OK." He then declared: "If DEC says don't pave it, they're [i.e. Colarusso] OK with that; if DEC says pave it, they're OK with that." Stiffler indicated that the board needed something in writing from DEC.
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There were also unanswered questions about the volume of traffic on the haul road and the perceived intensification in recent years of industrial activity on the haul road and at the dock. Prendergast maintained that the increase of activity had to do with the recovery after the Great Recession, and it was not a trend that was expected to continue. Jurkowski reminded Prendergast that this information needed to be documented in writing.
It was decided that the letter from DEC was a critical component, as was Colarusso's written response about traffic. He then asked about the floodplain permit. Prendergast acknowledged that they hadn't received it yet, noting that Hudson Development Corporation, which must issue the permit, "hasn't done a floodplain permit since 1982," when the L&B building was constructed.
It was decided that the board would hold a special meeting when the letter from DEC had been received. That meeting was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Although the next step seems to be for the board to decide if they will make a positive or negative declaration, Stiffler stated that the board "will not be making a formal determination" at that meeting. A formal determination, said Stiffler, will be done only after the board's legal council has drafted a resolution making the declaration, and the board votes on it.
Two days after the Greenport Planning Board special meeting, the Hudson Planning Board is holding a public hearing on the alterations already completed at the dock. That hearing will take place on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall.
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