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SUBMITTED by Jim Hoffman, Town of Williamson (19-Sep-2010)

Supervisor’s Column
September 2010
Jim Hoffman

On August 13th, Freshwater Future, Inc. awarded $15,000 to the Center for Environmental Information (headquartered in Rochester) for a Healing of Waters (HOW) grant to address water quality issues in the Pultneyville Harbor. The grant amount of $15,000 is $5,085 more than was asked for in the grant application. This project will be referred to as the “Pultneyville Watershed Plan Development” project.

Based on water quality samples collected in 2007 and 2009 at the Pultneyville Harbor and at lakeside locations east of the harbor, the Pultneyville Harbor was found to have a significantly higher concentration of phosphorous in comparison to other embayments and offshore waters off Lake Ontario. Residents, visitors, fisherman and boaters have not been able to use the harbor to the extent possible due to water quality issues in the harbor, including eutrophication and e-coli contamination. Eutrophication is a high concentration of nutrients (such as phosphorous and nitrates) resulting in more than desired aquatic vegetation and algae blooms.

The purpose of this project is to initiate a watershed plan and establish an implementation process to improve water quality in the Pultneyville harbor and watershed. A Pultneyville Watershed planning group will be created and the issues impacting on water quality identified. A prioritized remediation plan will be developed which will be used to support an application for funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI is a $475,000,000 federal grant program to address water quality in the Great Lakes.

Freshwater Future, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. More information about Freshwater Future, Inc. can be obtained at their website at http://glhabitat.org/. The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Wayne County Planning Department will be assisting with this project.

At the September 14th Town Board meeting, Town Clerk, Marlene Gulick, presented a Tentative 2011 Town Budget to the Town Board. The Board members will review the proposed budget and may make revisions over the next few weeks. A Preliminary Budget will be made available to the public by October 13, 2010. There will be a Public Hearing on the Preliminary 2011Budget at the Town Complex on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 25th, Mike Orr, President of the Williamson Business Improvement District will host a celebration of Main Street at 10:00 a.m. in front of King’s Auto Sales & Car Service next to the Main Street Pocket Park. Mike wants to highlight recent improvements to Main Street and say thanks to the many individuals and organizations that helped with recent changes and improvements. The celebration will close with a special announcement. Please consider attending.

An AARP driving course will be conducted at the Williamson American Legion on Thursday, October 7th and Friday, October 8th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Registration is open to anyone of any age and costs only $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Register by calling Linda Yancy at 315-576-4234. You may receive up to a 10% savings from your insurance company by completing the course. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

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