Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-128

Appropriating Funds from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection for the Emerald Necklace/Charles Spencer Preserve: Ott Tract Protection Project

Information

Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Environmental

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. FINAL Emerald Necklace-Ott CRF PDEQ Memo 06-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. Emerald Necklace-Ott Proposal for Capital Reserve Fund 06-22-17_small version
  4. Ott_ContextMap_CountyFocusAreas_Jul2017

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature established the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection by Resolution No. 217 of 2005, and

 

              WHEREAS, the current balance in the Capital Reserve Fund is $75,023.06, and

 

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Capital Reserve Fund is to support participation by Tompkins County in partnerships with other levels of government and private organizations to:

·              protect and preserve the natural, scenic, and recreational resources found in the Agricultural Resource Focus Areas (ARFA) and Natural Features Focus Areas (NFFA) identified in the Comprehensive Plan;

·              preserve and develop recreational trail corridors that cross municipal borders; and

·              develop outdoor recreation facilities, within the focus areas, that are intended to serve all county residents, and

 

WHEREAS, the Program Guidelines for use of the Capital Reserve Fund call for proposed projects to substantially further at least one of the following objectives:

·              Protect a stream buffer at least 330 feet in width,

·              Provide public access to the Cayuga Lake shore,

·              Protect land that is adjacent to permanently protected open space,

·              Preserve land on an existing or potential intermunicipal trail corridor,

·              Protect a high concentration of Prime Soils or Soils of Statewide Significance,

·              Protect a Distinctive or Noteworthy view as identified in the Tompkins County Scenic Resources Inventory,

·              Is located in a NFFA or ARFA as identified in the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan or serves as a potential link to connect resources within these areas,

·              Protects corridor or habitat that can provide for connectivity between protected areas, and

 

WHEREAS, the Finger Lakes Land Trust has requested financial support from the Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of preserving the 157-acre Jackson Hollow Road property (Town of Newfield Tax Parcel 33.-1-7.2) to connect and provide habitat linking important NFFAs as well as adjacent public open space resources, and

 

WHEREAS, the Jackson Hollow Road property:

·              Protects a stream buffer of over 330 feet in width;

·              Protects habitat that provides connectivity between NFFAs protected areas, and

·              Connects to existing protected lands.

 

WHEREAS, support from the Capital Reserve Fund is an important but modest component of the total funding needed to complete the survey for the acquisition of the parcel, and

 

              WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability and the Planning Advisory Board have recommended that the County Legislature authorize $25,000 in funding from the Capital Reserve Fund to support the Emerald Necklace/Charles Spencer Preserve: Ott Tract Protection Project, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That a total of $25,000 in funding from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection be appropriated for the purpose of supporting the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Emerald Necklace/Charles Spencer Preserve: Ott Tract Protection Project,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be authorized and directed to make an adjustment to the Planning and Sustainability Department budget (A8027.54400 - $25,00) from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be authorized to execute any contracts or agreements related to this project.

SEQR ACTION:  Unlisted (Short EAF on file with the Clerk of the Legislature)

 

Meeting History

Jun 29, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting
RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:David McKenna, Member
SECONDER:Michael Sigler, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna
EXCUSED:Carol Chock
Jul 18, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER:Rich John, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
EXCUSED:Carol Chock, Martha Robertson