Welcome to Carroll Concerned Citizens

All About Us

Our Start

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. 

Where Else You Can Find Us

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). 


In the past we also had quite an extensive email list-- if you would like to be added to a new list for email updates, please send your contact information to us in the SUBSCRIBE section. 

What You Can Do

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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BREAKING NEWS!

CCC Public Meeting 

Frewsburg High School auditorium 

Tuesday, January 23rd 

6:30pm 


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 

  #unitedwestand

PLEASE ATTEND

Three Meetings

January 2018


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 

website: carrollconcerned.org 

email: unitedwestand@carrollconcerned.org 


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: dep.r9@dec.ny.gov 

Mr. Charles Cranston 

NYSDEC Allegany Office 

182 East Union – Suite 3 

Allegany, NY 14706-1328

Just coming to these meetings can help

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. 

Spread the word so people can be informed

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. 


#unitedwestand


Notes about Legislative Hearing on Feb 7th

What are WE about?

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 

     Clean air

     Clean water 

     Clean soil 

     Safe places to live, play, work, and raise a family 

     Happiness about our living environment and quality of life 

Based on what we are about...

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 

It just so happens that Sealand Waste, LLC does not allow for this

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? 

We are not against Sealand

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! 

We are not against the DEC

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. 

We need YOUR input on the documents

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?

Trucks 

Traffic 

Air 

Noise 

Dust 

Lighting 

Water 

Soil 

Contamination of things 

Wildlife – all kinds 

Domestic animals 

Vibration 

Impacts on tourism 

     Hunting 

     Fishing 

     Hiking 

     Boating (various) 

     Camping 

     Sport vehicles (snow, 4wheelers, dirt bikes, …) 

     Horseback riding 

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 

               a. Hanson143@windstream.net 


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