Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-129

Making a Negative Determination of Environmental Significance in Relation to Resolution No. 130 of 2017: Appropriating Funds from the Tompkins County Natural Infrastructure Capital Project for the Lounsbery Tract - Six Mile Creek Source Water Protection Project

Information

Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Environmental

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, in Resolution No. 130 of 2017 the County allocates funding from the Tompkins County Natural Infrastructure Capital Project funds for the purpose of supporting the acquisition and easement on the 125-acre Six Mile Creek Source Water Protection Project (Town of Caroline tax parcel 9.-1-39.2), and 

 

              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature has reviewed and accepted as adequate the Environmental Assessment Forms with respect to these actions, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That Resolution No. 130 of 2017 is an unlisted action,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That the Legislature hereby makes a negative determination of environmental significance in regard to Resolution No. 130 of 2017.

SEQR ACTION:  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

Mr. Doyle stated the Lounsbery Tract - Six Mile Creek Source Water Protection Project is for a conservation easement on a privately owned stream corridor in the Town of Caroline. This is a classic small farm consisting of 125 acres that includes a significant natural infrastructure component of almost 4,000 feet of frontage on Six Mile Creek.

Mr. Doyle stated the project proposal is a request for $15,000 of Natural Infrastructure Funds and the same amount is being requested from the City of Ithaca to protect their water source. A partnership with the Finger Lakes Land Trust is being proposed to apply for Water Quality Improvement Grant funds through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process for a total funding of $250,000 to acquire the easement and ensure this protection is in existence. He stated the funding is contingent upon receiving this grant.

Mr. Doyle explained that the project includes a 300 foot buffer along the creek and an additional planted restoration to further bolster that buffer. The entire 125-acre farm would be under easement and the easement would be held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Mr. Sigler inquired if there was a need for the easement on the entire property. Mr. Doyle explained how this would protect the entire parcel even though the more important part is the side along the creek.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Michael Sigler, Member
SECONDER:David McKenna, 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 [11 TO 0]
MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, 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
EXCUSED:Carol Chock, Martha Robertson
AWAY:Peter Stein