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Public Informational Meeting Notice…

…to discuss a proposed Option and Ground Lease Agreement between the Town of New Hartford and Homeland Towers, LLC for a small portion of Sherrillbrook Park off of New Paris Road (Route 12) in the Town of New Hartford, N.Y.

The Town of New Hartford Town Board will conduct a public informational meeting to discuss a proposed Option and Ground Lease Agreement (“Lease”) between the Town of New Hartford and Homeland Towers, LLC for a small portion of town-owned property to be located off of New Paris Rd. (Route 12 in Sherrillbrook Park) in the Town of New Hartford, designated as APN Tax I.D. Number 338.000-3-4.

The Lease is proposed in connection with the installation and operation of a communications tower, base station equipment and related utilities at the property. If the lease is approved by the town board, the next step will be for the town board to ask our state representatives to introduce park alienation legislation.

This meeting will be held during the regularly scheduled town board meeting at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Butler Memorial Hall, 48 Genesee St., New Hartford, New York. A representative of Homeland Towers, LLC will be present to discuss the proposed project and answer any questions.

All members of the public are invited to attend.

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SYFY’s UFO Hunter Coming To Utica

They say the truth is out there, and a glimpse at that truth is coming sooner and closer than you think. History Channel and SYFY Channel ufologist Bill Birnes is bringing his years of research and investigation to Utica for an eye-opening evening.

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Editorial: Proposed Amtrak cuts must be derailed

UTICA, N.Y. – Several weeks ago a man sat with his grandson at Utica’s Union Station waiting for the train back to Buffalo. The pair had left the western New York city early that morning, rode the rails to Utica and spent several hours at the annual train show sponsored by the Toy Train Collectors Society.

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Where to Go in the Utica Area for the Best Treats and Desserts

Whether you just want to grab a chocolate dipped pretzel and go, or you want to get a whole box of goodies to bring back to the office , is a great option. They have tons of treats to pick from and you can choose from their dessert counter, or pick up …

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Stormwater Districts…

…were discussed at the February 7, 2018 town board meeting and further discussion is slated for the March meeting of the town board.

At the moment, while there are several small drainage districts throughout the town, and several stormwater projects have been completed, only one district has been assessed costs for a study in the district; that was in 2005 in Jubilee.

The town has bonded for stormwater improvements several times; however, each time the debt repayment has fallen on all town residents to include both villages; New Hartford and New York Mills.

While under Town Law 64. General powers of town boards 11-a. Drainage facilities, town boards are authorized to:

Upon the adoption of a resolution, the town board of any town may, for the purpose of drainage and to protect the property within the town from floods, freshets, and high waters, construct drains, culverts, ditches, sluices, and other channels for the passage of water, and may deepen, straighten, alter, pipe, or otherwise improve any of the lakes, ponds, streams, ditches, drains, or water courses in any part or section of the town in order to prevent the same from overflowing, and provide that the same carry off such additional water as may be brought to the same by other public improvements in the towns;  and for such purposes the town board of any town may acquire real property or an interest therein by purchase, dedication, gift, devise, or by condemnation in the manner provided by law for acquisition of real property for highway or town road purposes.  If an expenditure for any of such purposes is to be paid by taxes levied for the fiscal year in which such expenditure is to be made, the adoption of a resolution therefor shall be subject to a permissive referendum.

While town boards are authorized “to protect the property within the town from floods, freshets..”, there are other sections of law that have to be read in conjunction with Town Law 64; those laws state town boards cannot “authorize the providing of a sewer, drainage or water improvement in, or the charging of the costs thereof against any area of the town located in any village.”

The subject of all the various drainage districts within the town has been brought to other town supervisors in the past and they have chosen to ignore the law and so the residents in the two villages have been helping to repay the debt right along with town outside of village residents.

Of course, on the other hand, equally as wrong, village residents were allowed to vote for the $2 million bond in 2007, but it was just so much more expedient a way for the supervisor in 2007 to get money for the then highway superintendent’s “family and friends” projects.

Supervisor Miscione is now trying to do things the right way; a way that in the end will hopefully be looked at as fair to all town residents.

One possibility the town is looking at would be for the town board to dissolve the dozen or so small drainage districts that have been created over the years (that most people don’t even realize they live within) and instead opt to divide the entire town outside the villages into three (3) new drainage districts.

If that is the direction that is decided, each district would be responsible for paying the costs of maintenance and repair within their own district boundaries.

Fortunately for town taxpayers, Supervisor Miscione welcomes public discussion. To make sure that your voice is heard, plan to attend town board meetings, particularly the March town board meeting.

In the meantime, to hear the February 7th discussion, view the videotape of the meeting which is available on YouTube.

In addition, here is a pdf of the slide presentation from the February 7th meeting.

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CrossFit Mohawk Valley Hosts HeartStrong For American Heart Association

More than 100 central New York Crossfitters were up early Saturday morning to benefit the American Heart Association ahead of next month’s America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk in Utica. Members of CrossFit Mohawk Valley welcomed friends and family for a group workout, dubbed HeartStrong, and were asked to make a donation to the AHA.

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Special Town Board Meeting held on Feb. 15, 2018…

The meeting was held mainly to audit/approve bills as well as adopt resolutions to authorize some bonding; see copy of agenda.Bonding includes: Refunding of a 2009 serial bond to save approximately $125,000 over the remaining years payable.Bonding for …

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February Break CNY Day Trips

February Break is finally here. What are you planning to do to keep the kids occupied this week? Maybe something a little educational? Here are some amazing things you can do with your kids just a short drive from the Utica area.

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Galaxy Sells Utica Classic Rocker to Townsquare

This isn’t something we see often. One company with a cluster, selling one of their very successful stations to a competitor, who also has a cluster in the same market.

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Summerfest Is Coming To Downtown Utica

“Utica Summerfest is just another example of how much positive change has occurred in the our city over the past several years” said Palmieri.

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