Marcellus Town Board could extend local hydrofracking ban

— Marcellus’s town and planning boards held a combined meeting Saturday morning to discuss hydrofracking and subdivision/development issues.

The town’s one-year ban on the controversial drilling procedure ends in January.

“We’re trying to plot a course of action as to where we go after the moratorium,” said Town Supervisor Daniel Ross. “What we came up with today was a plan to extend the moratorium for another six months and undertake a fact finding process on both sides of the question to decide what we should do as a town, as far as town law, for a more permanent solution to the hydrofracking issue.

Ross and the other board members agreed to have public hearing on the issue. They discussed inviting board members from the other towns that are part of the Otisco Lake watershed (Onondaga, Spafford, Otisco, Tully and Preble).

“We’ve got to find out if they would like to participate, get them involved, or if it’s just going to be a town of Marcellus meeting,” Ross said. “We’ll have to put together a committee to discuss that issue with them. It will be more of a forum than a public hearing to have both sides of the issue presented.”

Ross said the issue will be discussed again, at the town board’s work session Dec. 28.

“We’ll see who wants to participate,” he said.

Establishing a fee schedule for subdivision/development was Saturday’s final topic of discussion.

“We passed a local law in 2009 that gave the town the ability to pass on costs that we incur as a result of applications,” Ross said. “When we get an application for a large subdivision, we incur legal costs and engineering costs

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