November 7, 2019
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the water levels are up. We have lost a whole month with levels now the same as October 6th . Between the outflow reductions and the rain, October was a wet month; we have gone the wrong direction. That, of course, has changed the forecasts for still higher water in the spring. I have had discussions with both the River Board and Jane Corwin in the last week. I wish I had confidence in their plan. Unfortunately, they seem to be focused on solid ice formation and then raising the flow significantly. The commissioners have given the River Board authority to make any changes they deem appropriate. The problem is the River Board needs to have a consensus to make any changes. With the makeup of the board that will be very difficult. Our first flood planning meeting for 2020 is next week. Unfortunately, this topic will not go away anytime soon.
The good news with the HCR homeowners program. A new $8M has been announced for secondary homes. Applications for secondary homes can be received from November 6th through December 10, 2019.
The application can be found here:
You will need to reapply using this application if you applied in October. If you have already submitted your application under the primary program, complete this new application, submit the tax information requested and forward your application to Sheen Housing. If you have questions, contact Sheen Housing at : 585-657-4114.
We are still getting the details regarding our REDI project awards. What we do know is that the governor is pushing to get all the detailed design work completed over the winter. What we have at this point are conceptual ideas and plans that all need public input, visualization, engineering and permitting. Please make sure all your neighbors are getting our e-blasts. We will have to use that as a primary communication vehicle to direct people to the various projects for input.
Information on the business program can be found here: https://esd.ny.gov/lake-ontario-business-resiliency-program At this time I don’t know the specifics on the village match to this program. We have sought more specific information from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM.)
Our final brush pick up for 2019 will be next week. Once that is complete we will be closing the dumping area for access so that we can get the material ground and begin to prep that area to become a park. Leaf pickup will begin the following week, weather permitting.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.