Memo from the DEC

I contacted the DEC to see if they had anything on file regarding this proposal and received the following comment:

“at this point DEC does not have any official permit applications in for this proposed project. So far, DEC has only been contacted for a pre-application assessment. The Town of Fishkill sent in the plans for DEC comment (resource screening). DEC responded to the Town in Feb 2008 with a template response that only identifies what resources are in the vicinity of the project. At this point, according to DEC Environmental Permits staff, it looks like a State regulated wetland (WF-20, Class 3) is located on the proposed project site, however, based on preliminary plans, all proposed work is located out of wetland and 100 foot adjacent area. 
 
This is the extent of the information DEC has at this point. DEC does not have an environmental assessment form (EAF) for the proposed project and no information yet re: other DEC permits (such as water supply, SPDES wastewater).”

Stop Work Order regarding timber harvesting at Baxtertown Woods

The first week in November I called Joel Petrus (town Building Inspector) twice to let them know that enormous trees were coming down in the woods- literally flatbed trucks of huge trees were being brought out daily. I never had a response from anyone. You can see my note published on my Facebook Page on the dates that I made the calls. Just scroll down to the posts from November.

Then, a stop-work order was (finally) issued…on January 4. Almost two months after my phone call. An enormous amount of damage took  place in that time, and since the work was stopped there are huge trees and tree limbs hanging half-cut throughout the woods. Talk about dangerous!

May 1 meeting follow up & next steps

Well MANY thanks to all of the people who showed up on May 1. Clearly this is a big concern for local residents. It was great that so many people showed up…and I am more committed than ever to continue moving forward with distributing information.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding what the “next steps” are.  So here goes:

I’m forming a group called Residents for Responsible Development in Fishkill (RRDF). This will be a watchdog style group of volunteers who will focus on this particular project (and possibly more down the road) and do what we can to make sure that whatever development is done on this property will:

1. Reflect the CHARACTER of Fishkill and it’s neighborhoods and not detract from the aesthetic beauty of this unique town.

2. Put no additional stress on our schools, roadways, waterways, and natural ecosystems.