TOWN OF ESOPUS
WATERFRONT ADVISORY BOARD
MEETING MINUTES
MAY 25, 2011

 

MEMBERS PRESENT                                                MEMBERS EXCUSED

Kathie Quick                                                                                                                            Michael Minor
Marion Zimmerman                                                                                                      Gloria VanVliet
Rosemarie Kristofy                                                                                                       Eli Schloss
Carol Tomasetti                                                                                                            Don Cole
                                                                                    Kathy Weitze

 

Kathie called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.

Correction to meeting minutes from April 24, 2011 - There was no film at the Library about kayaking.  It was actually the slide show presented by Diane Dintruff.

Since there is no quorum this evening, the acceptance of the minutes and secretary’s pay voucher will be postponed until the June 28th meeting.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD

Kathie was unable to attend the last meeting, however, Karyn did mention that there were only three members present and there was no new information to pass along.

 

ZONING BOARD

Don as excused from this meeting and therefore there was nothing to report.

 

PLANNING BOARD

PORT EWEN DINER - The project engineer has been asked to take another look at the property with respect to the storm water runoff.  As long as the diner follows the recommendations of the engineer, the Planning Board has indicated that they will has no objection for the work to proceed as per the drainage diagram prepared by Medenbach & Eggers which was dated and sealed on May 11, 2011.

CHESTER II vs THE WATER CHESTNUTS

Chester is ready to go as soon as the weather warms up a bit.  The water has been too cold for the chestnuts to grow.  The goal is to have the harvesting completed by July 1st. April Oneto (Supervisor’s  Secretary) has spoken with four of the volunteers. John Coutant has a training video and Kathy will speak with April to coordinate training dates.

 

CREEK WEEK

Carol spoke with her ski club and they will launch from the Sleightsburg Spit and do a kayak trip up the Rondout.

Marion indicated that the Library has events planned for the 3rd Saturday of each month.

June 3rd - Begin at Esopus Meadows and kayak out to the Lighthouse.
July 3rd - A scavenger hunt and picnic at Freer Beach.
August 3rd - ?
September 3rd - Kayak in the Rondout Creek.

 

LWRP  and  SASS
LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION PROGRAM  - LWRP
One of the ways communities - whether they’re a rural town or a New York City neighborhood - can take full advantage of their waterfront is by using New York State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is both a plan and a program. The term refers to both a planning document prepared by a community, as well as the program established to implement the plan. The Program may be comprehensive and address all issues that affect a community's entire waterfront or it may address the most critical issues facing a significant portion of its waterfront.
As a planning document, a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a locally prepared, land and water use plan and strategy for a community's natural, public, working, or developed waterfront through which critical issues are addressed. In partnership with the Division of Coastal Resources, a municipality develops community consensus regarding the future of its waterfront and refines State waterfront policies to reflect local conditions and circumstances. Once approved by the New York Secretary of State, the Local Program serves to coordinate State and federal actions needed to assist the community achieve its vision.
As a program, a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is the organizational structure, local laws, projects, and on-going partnerships that implement the planning document. This is the part of the Program that will make the difference to your community - it’s the implementation that matters.

 

                                                                       

SCENIC AREAS OF STATEWIDE SIGNIFICANCE   -  SASS
The Division of Coastal Resources has developed a scenic assessment program that identifies the scenic qualities of coastal landscapes, evaluates them against criteria for determining aesthetic significance, and recommends areas for designation by the Department as Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance (SASS). SASS designation protects scenic landscapes through review of projects requiring State or federal actions, including direct actions, permits, or funding.  The SASS was accepted in 1993.  Our LWRP was accepted in 1987. 

We need to examine the LWRP and SASS to see what parts of the recommendation is already in the LWRP and what is in the SASS document that needs to be included with the LWRP hopefully as an amendment.