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Supervisor’s Report
November 2010
Jim Hoffman

On Monday, November 29th, there will be a Salmon Creek Watershed/Pultneyville Harbor listening session at the Williamson Town Complex from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The purpose of this event is to solicit input, seek suggestions and hear concerns from citizens and groups with an interest and or stake in improving the quality of the water draining from the Salmon Creek Watershed into the Pultneyville Harbor. It is important to note that the Pultneyville Watershed extends through the Town of Marion and into the northeast corner of Walworth.

This listening session is a first step towards the development of a watershed plan and implementation process to improve water quality in the Pultneyville Harbor. The Pultneyville Harbor has been found to have a significantly higher concentration of phosphorous in comparison to other embayments and the offshore waters of Lake Ontario. Two issues that affect water quality are 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.

This project - referred to as the “Pultneyville Watershed Plan Development” project - is funded by a grant for $15,000 from Freshwater Future, Inc. awarded to the Center for Environmental Information (CEI) headquartered in Rochester. The project will attempt to identify the source of nutrient runoff which can be from lawn chemicals, runoff from neighboring farmland and many other sources. It is further anticipated that a remediation plan will be developed which will 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 all the Great Lakes.

On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, there will be a public meeting from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Williamson Library Program room to discuss the Route 104 Corridor Trail Feasibility Study. The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of developing a 16.5-mile multi-use trail within the highway right-of-way and/or parallel with Route 104. The trail would connect to the eastern end of the existing Route 104 Trail in the Town of Webster and extend east through the Town of Ontario, the Town of Williamson, and part of the Town of Sodus, ending at the western boundary of the Village of Sodus.

Project planners from Environmental Design & Research (EDR) will be on hand to discuss the inventory and analysis that has been generated to date. EDR, the landscape architectural consulting firm responsible for the study, is interested in receiving feedback from local residents prior to developing corridor recommendations. The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is funding the preparation of the report under its Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Financial assistance was provided in part by the Federal Highway Administration.

On Sunday, December 5th, there will be a “Pultneyville Illuminations and Community Caroling” holiday event starting at 4:30 p.m. with a visit from Santa and hot chocolate at the Pultneyville Reformed Church Pavilion. This will be followed by caroling and a gathering with a special menu (children at reduced rate) at the Pultneyville Grill at 5:30 p.m. open to all but you need to make a reservation by November 28th. This promises to be a nice family event. Fliers are posted around town or you can contact 589-5000 or 589-6281 for more information.


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1 Comment to "Williamson Report - November 2010"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Thanks Jim for the nice invitation to Pultneyville's First Illumination! We are planning on Pultneyville becoming a destination for viewing lights for many years to come!

    Posted on Wed Nov 24, 07:20:00 AM EST


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