continued The Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation area already involved in the permit-granting process; because of that, National Grid requested a SEQRA-coordinated review in which the town declared itself the lead agency.
“The only environmental issue is the wetlands, which are all regulated by the Corps of Engineers,” McMullen said. “Some are also regulated by the DEC. We’ve had the DEC out to review the boundaries, and we’re all in agreement with the boundaries and where they are. The Corps also agrees. We’ve designed our site plan so that there will be little disturbance to the wetlands.”
McMullen said that National Grid would also include a deed restriction to ensure that the wetlands are never developed.
Representatives from National Grid said they anticipated that all permits should be received by June of 2013, allowing completion of the project by the summer of 2014.
“We think it’s a great project for the town of Clay,” McMullen said. “It’s going to provide reliable electric service now and in the future. It has a lot of benefits to it.”
The proposal was referred to the town planning board.
In other business:
The town board unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting parking in front of the YMCA on Wetzel Road. Several residents had complained over the last year or so that the Y’s members had been parking on Wetzel when the parking lot was full, creating a traffic hazard.