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Seneca Falls Planning Board waiting for more info on rail spur

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 10:11 am | Updated: 1:35 pm, Fri Nov 8, 2013.

SENECA FALLS — The town Planning Board will not review a final site plan of the proposed Seneca Meadows Landfill-Finger Lakes Railway rail spur Oct. 24.

That meeting has been rescheduled for Oct. 30, and the only item on the agenda concerns the proposed expansion of the Sauders Store.

The rail-spur plan received preliminary site-plan approval from the Planning Board in a 3-2 vote Sept. 26. But more information was required of the landfill and railway so it could be submitted and considered for final site plan approval.

Town Attorney Patrick Morrell said the applicants are required to submit a detailed plan for control and management of storm water runoff from the site. That plan is required in order to obtain a state Department of Environmental Conservation storm water permit and as a condition of the town giving its approval.

That was the main question raised by Barton & Loguidice Engineers, acting on behalf of the town, in reviewing the site plan.

The landfill and railway will need time to complete that report before it can be considered for final approval by the Planning Board.

At the Sept. 26 meeting, an overflow crowd filled the meeting room. A total of 43 people addressed the Planning Board, arguing for and against the rail spur proposal for three hours.

This summer, the Seneca County Planning Board recommended the rail spur plan for approval by the town planners.

The Town Board paved the way for the spur by agreeing to change the zoning for some 32 acres on or around the landfill on Mound Road, making it an industrial zone that allows rail facilities as a permitted use.

Supporters say the rail spur will be a more environmentally friendly, cost-efficient transportation method. They say trains will take hundreds of garbage trucks off  local roads and the presence of rail could lead to industrial development on the east side of Route 414.

Opponents counter that the rail spur will result in garbage-laden trains traveling through populated areas of the village of Waterloo and former village of Seneca Falls, could cause major traffic backups on North Road and Route 414 and could lead to more trash being brought to the landfill, extending its life.

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  • Jele posted at 11:57 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    Jele Posts: 12

    The truck traffic wil NOT be reduced! See BMI (trash hauling comapany) business plan to put 100 trash trucks on the road and their 99 year lease from Seneca Meadows. What do they know that the residents were not told? Think about it.


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