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2017-08-09 / Front Page

Not in My Back Yard

DeLancey Residents Say ‘No’ to Proposed County DPW Site
By Lillian Browne


Approximately 20 people, most of them DeLancey residents, attended the Aug. 2 Hamden Town Council meeting to protest the relocation of the proposed Delaware County Department of Public Works facility on property located on Back River Road in the town of Hamden. 
Lillian Browne/The Reporter Approximately 20 people, most of them DeLancey residents, attended the Aug. 2 Hamden Town Council meeting to protest the relocation of the proposed Delaware County Department of Public Works facility on property located on Back River Road in the town of Hamden. Lillian Browne/The Reporter HAMDEN - Fears of property value loss, noise, traffic and safety are some of the concerns DeLancey residents have about the possible relocation of the Delaware County Department of Public Works facility to the McNee Farm on Back River Road.

At the invitation of Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield, DeLancey residents attended the Aug. 2 council meeting, to share their views about what has been deemed a “preferred” relocation site.

DeLancey residents gave a litany of reasons for what they feel it is a poor, not well thought out location, including the failure of decision makers to ask neighborhood residents how their quality of life would be affected.

Robbin Scobie said a facility of the size proposed with the added truck traffic is not a good fit for DeLancey. “We want the board to know that we are against the McNee Farm as a DPW location,” she said speaking on behalf of many DeLancey residents.

Cecelia Hoffman said that additional traffic combined with diesel fumes would “ruin the whole residential feel” of the neighborhood. Siting a new county DPW facility in the community, she said, “Will be the end of DeLancey as we know it.” She suggested instead that decision makers keep the facility somewhere in Delhi.

Another resident, Laura Pierson, said if the county were to relocate the DPW facility in DeLancey, homes would have to be demolished, roadways would have to be raised and the results would be “devastating to the town.”

Betsy Gielskie’s complaints took a different direction, stating that an 80,000 square foot building - one that spans two acres - is not necessary. “You have to plan a lot better than this,” she said. Gielskie took the opportunity to criticize DPW winter maintenance for not maintaining county routes between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. “What they are dreaming about is not going to service our roads any better,” she said. “It’s just not right.”

There was a complaint about the facility taking a “prime” piece of farmland off the tax rolls, to which Marshfield responded that Hamden does not have zoning. Aside from that, he said, each of the top parcels being considered for relocation of the facility are farmland.

In response to the public outcry against the McNee site, council members unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to the move, which will be sent to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and the DPW Committee.

The passage of the resolution was met with applause from the crowd.

A presentation on the need for a new DPW facility was scheduled for Hamden residents last night, Aug. 8.

Marshfield remarked that his preference for a new DPW facility is in Hamden off state Route 10, at the Bishop farm. He believes, he said, that a new site will not be chosen until next year as there are many steps that first must be taken including an environmental assessment and review which may eliminate different sites.

In other business:

• Highway Superintendent Roger Dibble advised the board that the March snowstorm was declared a federal disaster and the town is now eligible for FEMA reimbursements.

• Fees for rental of the town hall and pavilion were increased from $20 to $25 for non-profit organizations and from $30 to $40 for non-residents.

• A building permit fee of $105 for residential solar units was authorized by a unanimous vote of the council.

• There will be a meeting of the Hamden Water District on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Hamden Town Hall.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hamden Town Council will be on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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