Lyons Falls Receives BOA Grant

on Friday, 18 October 2013.

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday $10 million in Brownfield Opportunity Areas grants for 26 communities throughout the state.In our area, Lewis County and the Village of Lyons Falls will receive $553,761 tocomplete an implementation strategy to return four brownfield sites back to productive use with an emphasis on redevelopment of the abandoned Lyons Falls pulp and paper mill site to create business opportunities, increase employment and complete improvements in Downtown Lyons Falls. Brownfields are defined as dormant properties where the presence or potential presence of contamination has impeded site redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities. The grants provide funding for municipalities to implement revitalization strategies that are necessary in order to redevelop impacted sites. Once redeveloped, brownfield sites become community assets that can attract businesses, jobs, and ultimately expand the local tax base.

Animal Control Officer Appointed

on Friday, 18 October 2013.

Lewis County Public Health has appointed an animal control officer. Director of Public Health Penny Ingham announced that Heath L. Ash, the new animal control officer, will operate on an as-needed basis. MS Ingham told the Johnston Newspaper group that the new position is part of the county’s rabies control program. Mr. Ash is not the rabies control officer, which is a role held by a veterinarian. The county is still looking to fill the position of the late Dr. Harry P. O’Connor, who died earlier this month. If the vaccination status of an animal cannot be determined, Mr. Ash will be called to locate or work with pet owners.

ATV Trail

on Thursday, 17 October 2013.

A judge has reserved his decision yesterday on the challenge of a 2006 Lewis County all-terrain vehicle road-opening law following a 1½-day trial. According to the Johnston Newspaper group, acting state Supreme Court Judge Peter. Schwerzmann told petitioners and the county attorney that both sides had given him plenty of information to consider and promised to issue a ruling as soon as possible. Janette Peek of Watson, and Gerald Smith of Barnes Corners filed the legal challenge to the ATV Road opening law in 2011 and they represented themselves in court.

ATV Trail System Funds

on Thursday, 17 October 2013.

The secretary of the High Market Wheelers ATV club voiced concerns to the Lewis County Legislature regarding where event fees for special events are being spent.

According to an article in the Johnston Newspapers , Patricia J. White, presented her concerns on how other clubs are handling money collected from fundraising during all-terrain vehicle rides.

Ms. White has said that several recent rides advertised to raise funds for the Lewis County trail fund. When asked, Recreational Trail Coordinator Jacqueline L. Mahoney, said the county has received no funds.

Citing language from event posters and Internet postings from two events sponsored by the Tug Hill Adirondack ATV Association, Mrs. White said participants are led to believe profits are going to the county for trail development and maintenance.

Joseph Onyon, president of Tug Hill Adirondack ATV Association, denied the wording on the posters was misleading and said that “All the money collected by the Tug Hill Adirondack ATV Association does go back into the system.

Legislator Richard C. Lucas, owner the Montague Inn said last week that even though the county never sees the funds, the money benefits the trail system. He went on to say that “Money went to the ATV association, which is then put right into the trails.

Assemblyman discusses nanotech center

on Thursday, 17 October 2013.

We spoke with Assemblyman Marc Butler, who discusses how the nanotech center.

Mr. Butler will discuss his concerns about the nanotech center tomorrow.

Lowville Mayor Discusses Halloween Towne

on Thursday, 17 October 2013.

We spoke with Lowville Mayor Donna Smith, who discusses the Halloween Towne event coming up at the end of the month.

Tomorrow, Mayor Smith discusses the world’s largest cheesecake record.

Congress Approved Legislation to End Government Shutdown

on Thursday, 17 October 2013.

As was reported this morning on the National News, Congress has approved legislation to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit. President Barack Obama signed the bill this morning.  The Senate acted first, passing the bill 81-18. New York's U.S. senators, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both supported the measure. The bill was then sent to the House, where it passed by a vote of 285-144. U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, and U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, both voted for the continuing resolution and debt limit extension. The bill allows the government to stay open until another resolution scheduled for January and a vote on the debt ceiling will come up again in February. It is estimated that the government shut down took 24 Billion dollars out of the economy.

Water Samples Not Being Accepted Friday

on Thursday, 17 October 2013.

Lewis County residents are being advised at the Lewis County Soil & Water Conservation District will not be accepting water samples on Friday due to their annual land judging competition. Anyone with any questions or concerns can call 376-6122.

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