The decision by the Greenport Planning Board reminds us that at the last Hudson Planning Board meeting, chair Tom DePietro expressed the opinion that the Greenport Planning Board should be the lead agency because "they had a paid engineer on their board." Soon after Gossips reported this on June 13, Ed Nabozny, supervisor for the Town of Greenport, contacted Gossips to deny that there was a paid engineer, or indeed any engineer, on the Greenport Planning Board. Instead, he explained, "We contract with Morris Associates, a professional engineering firm, as a liaison between the planning board applicants and the town to assure all criteria are met and in compliance with government regulations." For this service, the Town of Greenport pays Morris Associates on an hourly basis. The engineer from that firm who currently sits with the Greenport Planning Board during their monthly meetings is Ray Jurkowski.
Relevant to the whole situation of the haul road, which passes through an area of Hudson zoned R-C, "Recreational Conservation," is this paragraph (and probably others as well) from Hudson's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. This one is found on page 14.
This Area [the Southern Waterfront Area] offers important opportunities to gain long desired public access to and views of the riverfront. Working cooperatively with Holcim, the City plans to enter into an agreement with Holcim to transfer title of the South Bay, excluding the causeway, to the City or a nonprofit land conservation organization, subject to a public easement over the South Bay causeway to allow public pedestrian and vehicular traffic over the causeway. The agreement would also transfer to the City a conservation easement on the causeway to allow the easement holder the right to undertake measures to restore the South Bay, such as through the maintenance of existing, or the introduction of additional, culverts or construction of other physical alterations to the causeway that would increase water flow in the South Bay while not jeopardizing the structural integrity of the causeway. This agreement, would also encompass transfer of the 7 acres of riverfront property located in the Core Riverfront Area and will allow for the development of significant public recreational amenities on the riverfront as well as recreational, research, and flood water management and control opportunities in the South Bay.One cannot help but imagine that the situation with Colarusso's current proposal for the haul road might be different if previous administrations had not dropped the ball in getting the LWRP, which. though flawed, was adopted by the Common Council in 2011, approved and implemented.
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