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Details about Friday's site visit
October 12, 2011 - Jessica Collier
I talked to Keith McKeever from the APA after they finalized the details on Friday’s site visit. It’s a site tour to give the board an idea of the physical orientation of the proposed project. Here’s the details!
People will be meeting in the parking lot of the Tupper Lake Municipal Park, near the lumberjack statue, at 8:45 a.m. They’re going to try to get people to carpool as much as possible, and they’re going to favor vehicles with higher clearance, since some of the roads we’ll travel will be rough terrain.
At the park, there will be a short orientation, and people will be required to sign released to ensure that the property owners won’t be held liable if someone slips and falls or something horrible like that.
Then the caravan will head up Country Club Road to Ski Tow Road, doing a drive-by of the development clusters of Sugarloaf North and East, mitigation wetlands, the entrance road to Cranberry Village and the east satellite parking lot.
Cars will proceed to the Big Tupper Ski Area, where people will get out and walk around to look at the site for the proposed ski lodge, snowmaking pond, access to the west access road and those areas.
Back in the cars to head to Cranberry Pond. This will depend on how many vehicles there are, since there’s only enough room for parking for 10, so some people might have to take a bit of a hike in, which McKeever said is about a five- to 10-minute walk.
After Cranberry Pond, the caravan will head to the state boat launch on state Route 30, and the party will check out that and the former McDonalds marina next door (if it’s not pouring rain, McKeever said).
Next we’ll head to Lake Simond Road, driving by the proposed pump that would connect the project to sewer district 27, the current village pumping facility, then drive down Lake Simond Road Extension to get a feel for the layout of the proposed great camps.
Then, back the park!
McKeever said they’re planning on getting back around 12:45, which makes this a four-hour deal. So make sure you have enough time, kiddies!
Anyone who is interested in coming should RSVP first, by calling Debbie Lester at the APA’s main number, 891-4050. People should dress appropriately, and probably wear boots, since it might be wet in some places.
Also, McKeever has been very adamant about the fact that ex parte rules are in effect. People should not be trying to convince the commissioners in any way, or even communicate with them. He was even concerned about us asking questions of the APA staff who will be explaining the basic layout to commissioners. I’m half expecting him to bring duct tape so we’ll all keep our mouths shut. Administrative Law Judge O’Connell will be joining us to ensure that ex parte rules are adhered to.
McKeever said that 14 people have RSVPed so far, and eight board members are signed up to attend.
See you Friday!
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