Town of West Seneca
Environmental Commission Meeting Minutes
|Chairman; Rick Rutkowski|
|Vice-Chairman; Roberta Vallone|
|Secretary; Joyce Mallette|
Guests Present: - Evelyn Hicks, Dave Monolopolus, Supervisor-elect Wallace Piotrowski
Absent - Christine W. Bove - Councilmember liaison, Ferol Webb
III. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
IV. DISCUSSION 2007 WSEC PRIORITIES AND PROJECTS
a. RAV: report on compost pile and mulch. There was a complaint that the Town’s mulch and compost were contaminated with Japanese Knotweed, an invasive species. RAV enlisted help of Paul Fuhrmann, the chair of the local PRISM group, to meet with Pat Finnegan. PRISM: A NYS DEC initiative to work on invasive species issues (Regional Invasive Species Management). Mr. Fuhrmann inspected the site and found no reason for concern; the compost and mulch appear to be free of invasives and suitable for distribution. Mr. Fuhrmann did find knotweed along the perimeter of the site. These areas were recommended to Riverkeeper as potential habitat restoration site. Mr. Fuhrmann offered suggestions to us regarding grants and invasive species management. PRISM will be getting state funding. Also, there are ways to manage knotweed – Rodeo Roundup for two years in late summer with replanting of shade trees. AK: Make sure that there is training before asking town employees to use herbicide. RR: NYS was paying for mapping knotweed. PA has authority to go on private property to eradicate. We have to see where it has been effective. AK: we should take care of the places where it is public access first. (NOTE FROM SECRETARY: After the meeting, Rick Rutkowski provided information about the NYS requirements for pesticide application. That is, anyone other than a residential homeowner applying pesticide to his/her own property must be certified or under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator.)
b. Habitat Goals: RAV report on the progress of the Habitat Team for the Buffalo River RAP. The habitat restoration portion of the RAP is focused on watershed to the first impassable fish barrier near Transit Road. That puts West Seneca clearly in the priority area. So far habitat appears to be good quality in West Seneca. Focus would be on preservation of existing water quality and habitat. Being a part of this program will make West Seneca eligible for grant funding for habitat protection and restoration; even if such elements are part of a larger public project.
V. CONTINUING ACTIVITIES
VII. NEW ISSUES
Virtual Library: RAV and AL will work on virtual library. Jim Manley has offered to help set up website to accommodate files and reports related to Town’s environment.Gary and Joyce reported that they were asked to review plans that are submitted to the Planning Board. The first request came in the Monday before election day. They reviewed a project called Tony’s Hairstyling. They got the plans on Wednesday and the Planning Board meeting was on Thursday. 3606 Seneca Street. Sold property. Main corridor for commercial. It was already passed. The site is less than an acre. 3 chairs for hairdressing. This appears to be spot rezoned.
Foxchase West Apartments: Planning Board will not approve because it is too congested.
Discussion: Review of these projects are within our jurisdiction. However the Town needs to require applicants to make extra copies for the Environmental Commission at the time of submitting application. We need to get all the information from the applicant so we can make an informed decision. When we re-organize after the first of the year, we will set up a subcommittee to coordinate these reviews. RAV will write a letter to Town Board and Planning Board re: asking applicants to submit plans for our review from the outset.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00.
Roberta Vallone, Secretary