By Darryl Patteson
The Jamesville Sewer District and the six-month moratorium on development on industrial areas remained the major topics of debate for the DeWitt Town Board this week.
Town Engineer Mike Kolceski addressed the board about the plan to replace a 90-year-old water main in Jamesville. The new main will connect the line that ends just west of the railroad tracks to South Street. Kolceski said that replacing the main will help to make way for the sewer project to follow.
He also added that DeWitt will be looking into the less-invasive "directional drilling" method to avoid tearing up the surface while changing the water main. If directional drilling is not feasible, sidewalks could be torn up for what could be "months" until the both the water and sewer projects are completed, according to Kolceski. Councilor Vicki Baker was concerned that residents have not been made aware of this possibility.
Baker also expressed the general concern that citizens are not made aware of discussion at meetings that could have an adverse outcome for them.
"We just put it in the paper," Baker said. "I know of two places where this could affect business and I think people should get significant notice."
Supervisor Ed Michalenko agreed with Baker.
"This is an issue we intend to work on," he said. "Whenever we have a project that crosses property lines, we need to start to get letters to people."
Moratorium to expire soon
Planning Board Attorney Jamie Sutphen addressed the board on extending the local law that has put a moratorium on all areas marked "Industry: Land Use Transition." The local law, originally passed by the town board at the Aug. 27 meeting and enacted two weeks later, will expire March 10.
The planning board recommended the extension so that the Zoning Update Committee can complete its work. The moratorium was initially passed in response to debate over a proposed coal gasification plant in a quarry designated for heavy industry abutting Jamesville last summer. The plant, planned by Empire SynFuels, was a key issue for candidates in the November Town Board Election.