Carroll Concerned Citizens was formed in 2004 when a group of area residents joined forces to research, organize, and vocalize concerns to protect and improve the quality of life in the Town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, NY.
We also have a Facebook page where information is posted. It is a closed group, so please allow time for your membership to be approved (usually within a day).
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The first goal for all our townspeople and surrounding residents and businesses is to be aware of what is happening around us.
Are the decisions made for the long-term best interest for our community? Are they short-sighted with only profit in mind? Will they entice more people to visit our beautiful area? Will they make our community members want to leave and live elsewhere?
The second goal is to be informed enough to speak out when things are not happening that are in the best interest of our community. We ARE our community. Who we are, and what we do, IS the community. So we need to make sure we have a voice in what is happening. No one will come in and 'save us' -- we have to take care of ourselves, and information is the best way to do that.
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CCC Public Meeting
Frewsburg High School auditorium
Tuesday, January 23rd
Come and learn about this proposal BEFORE the end of our newly extended comment period (ends Feb. 12) and BEFORE our legislative hearing by the DEC on Feb. 7th (6pm at FCS high school aud.)
BRING YOUR NEIGHBORS
Dear Town of Carroll resident,
Have you been hearing chatter about the Dodge Road landfill lately? Do you know someone who believes this business will be a good thing for the town? Have you ever heard anyone use the phrase “done deal” regarding the landfill? Have you heard about some court case and wondered what happened with that?
If you said yes to any of these questions, WE HAVE ANSWERS FOR YOU!
Back in 2004, Sealand Waste began a campaign to buy a piece of property on Dodge Road in the Town of Carroll to expand a near-capacity construction and demolition landfill that was owned and operated by the local family of Don Jones. Neighbors of the site immediately began researching the situation and formed Carroll Concerned Citizens to inform townspeople and neighboring municipalities and organizations.
Our town passed two laws (2005 and 2007) and has since been involved in defending the laws in several court cases brought by the Jones family over the years. Back in June 2015, the town won a unanimous decision confirming the 2007 law and effectively ending the court cases.
In early 2017, Sealand Waste, LLC. filed a court case against the town – citing that it had a vested interest now and wanted to retry the case. We are currently waiting to hear the verdict on that appeal which was in court on October 24th, 2017.
Simultaneously, Sealand Waste, LLC. has been working with the NYS DEC to complete its application for the landfill permit on the property. On December 13, 2017, Sealand (through NYS DEC) posted a legal notice asking for public comments of their Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the site. Interested parties were originally only granted 30 days to respond, but it has now been expanded until February 12th. The specific print documents can be reviewed at the Carroll Town Hall or at the Myers Memorial Library in Frewsburg.
Because the documents are complex and not easily accessible, Carroll Concerned Citizens is hosting an informational meeting (see details below). The NYS DEC is also hosting the legislative hearing (see details below) which will be used to determine the permit application. Sealand Waste will be in attendance to give information on the proposed project.
On a side note, the Town of Carroll has been slowly working to replace its out-of-date comprehensive plan and will have a meeting to discuss the final stages and receive feedback from the community. This meeting will be hosted by town board member Ken Dahlgren (see details below) who has served as chief architect/chair of the comprehensive plan committee.
Carroll Concerned Citizens Hosts a General Landfill Informational Meeting
January 23rd, 2018 (Tuesday)
Frewsburg High School auditorium at 6:30pm
Town of Carroll Comprehensive Plan Informational Meeting hosted by Ken Dahlgren
February 1st, 2018 (Thursday)
Legion at 7pm
Legislative Hearing on Landfill with NYS DEC and Sealand Waste, LLC.
February 7th, 2018 (Wednesday) *if school is closed on Wednesday, meeting on 2/8/2018 instead
Frewsburg High School auditorium at 6pm
LAST DAY for All Public Comments Regarding Landfill to be Turned in to NYS DEC
February 12th, 2018 (Monday)
Addressed to: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Charles Cranston
NYSDEC Allegany Office
182 East Union – Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706-1328
EVERY voice matters. We have a lot of experts in this area, on a variety of topics. There are a lot of lifelong residents here who can speak best to the quality of life here, and how this project may change that. Let's all come out of the woodwork and be heard.
This affects not just Dodge .Road and
not just the Town of Carroll.
This affects surrounding towns in both NY and PA, their roads, their water, and their people.
Reach out -- and bring someone with you.
We are about families
We are about neighbors
We are about a tight-knit community
We are about businesses
We are about health and happiness for our townspeople and visitors
Safe places to live, play, work, and raise a family
Happiness about our living environment and quality of life
We have determined that we want businesses that will help us maintain, or increase
either our happiness, health, or quality of life for the long-term
Do you remember Sealand's 2004 public scoping document?
Well, they haven't given up on that. But they know that can't get that now. So they are biding their time.
This new public scoping document mentions BOTH
A single composite liner – to start with (explain why)
A double-composite liner – later, when they apply for 360-2 once they get their foot in the door for this permit
This proves that they are not concerned about meeting the needs of the town, or respecting the town's concerns. They have only made a 'temporary' change until they are approved. Then they will keep pushing until they get what they want. You've heard the expression 'give them an inch and they take a mile', right?
I am not a FAN, but they are not the enemy.
They just happen to want to go against our town’s wishes… and so we are defending ourselves from that.
They have every right to want to come here – heck, we did. But we didn’t take away the health, safety, cleaniness, happiness, or quality of life when we came here either. And if we DID – we can bet our neighbors would have raised a ruckus!
The DEC is a NYS agency that is meant to work in the best interest of the citizens by managing all types of endeavors – such as hunting, waste management, forestry, wildlife…
They have to be a part of this process because it deals with waste management. They are doing their job to mediate to the best of their ability. They need to provide an avenue for businesses to apply for these types of permits, and they have to also work to protect the well-being of the environment and citizens who may be affected by those
types of businesses.
What professionals or amateur ‘experts’ do we have in town who may know about some important issues?
Can you get them to look over the documents?
Contamination of things
Wildlife – all kinds
Impacts on tourism
Sport vehicles (snow, 4wheelers, dirt bikes, …)
Other areas of expertise??
THIS is why we need people to come to these meetings.
THIS is why we need people to be informed and spread the news to others in the area
THIS is why, if you have some concerns, we are asking you
Don’t just say them here
Say them in a letter
And before you DO say them in a letter
Look over the public scoping document
1. At the library
2. On the CCC page (show)
3. Email me asking for a copy
And use specific information from the scoping document to bring attention to your concern
I know this may not be fun to do, but this is a short-term effort that can have a long-term effect for the betterment of our little community
The more concerns that are brought up
1. The more the DEC and Sealand know our community cares
2. The more protected we are if Sealand IS able to come, because they have to address our concerns (which will be mediated by the DEC)
3. Many hands make light work
And many brains make things safer, healthier, cleaner, happier, and with a better quality of life
PLEASE ATTEND on February 7th – Frewsburg High School auditorium – 6pm
Even if you don’t want to speak...
You will hear both sides
You will be supporting your community
You will learn a lot more about what is happening, and why