STATE OF EMERGENCY IN EFFECT IN TOWN OF LYME The State of Emergency that was declared on May 3rd has been extended to August 2nd.
Tax Cap Nears Two Percent for 2018 Property tax levy growth for local governments with fiscal years that close on Dec. 31 will be capped at 1.84 percent for the 2018 fiscal year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects the tax cap calculations for all counties, towns, fire districts, 44 cities and 10 villages.
FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE As people across our region continue to struggle with flooding, I am encouraging those impacted to apply for funding that will make bouncing back from the damage caused by high water easier. To help homeowners tap into funds available through the state’s $45 million Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Relief and Recovery Program, I am cohosting a series of workshops where you can have questions answered and receive assistance with filling out an application for funds. A schedule of events—which are being hosted in conjunction with Neighbors of Watertown—is as follows: July 19thCohosted with Assemblyman Will BarclayTime: 6:30 p.m.Address: Sandy Pond Sportsmen’s Association, 3201 County Route 15, Pulaski, NY 13142 July 24thCohosted with Ogdensburg Mayor Wayne AshleyTime: 6:00 p.m.Address: Dobisky Visitors Center, 100 Riverside Ave, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 July 31stCohosted with Town of Alexandria Supervisor Dale HunneymanTime: 6:00 p.m.Address: Town of Alexandria Offices (Community Room) 46372 County Route 1, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 August 2nd Cohosted with Village of Sackets Mayor Vince BattistaTime: 6:00 p.m.Address: 112 N. Broad Street (Sackets Harbor Municipal Building), Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 Individuals attending workshops are encouraged to contact Neighbors of Watertown at (315) 782-8497 or visit www.neighborsofwatertown.com in advance to obtain an application for funding and view a list of required documents. If you’re struggling as a result of flooding, I encourage you to attend one of the above workshops and apply for funds as soon as possible.
A REPORT FROM COMPTROLLER DINAPOLI Federal Tax Reform? - What's at Stake for New Yorkers Major changes to the federal tax code being considered by the President and Congress would have significant implications for New Yorkers, including the potential elimination of the State and local tax deduction. The White House proposes to eliminate all itemized deductions other than those related to charitable contributions and homeownership. More than $67 billion in State and local tax deductions were reported by New Yorkers on their federal taxes in 2014. Potential tax changes also include increases to the standard deduction and changes to the personal income tax rates. Additional proposals could impact New York's businesses as well as its individuals and working families. The proposed tax code changes could impact federal, State and local government budgets as well as hurt New York's middle-class taxpayers and working families. The bottom line for all those impacted will not be known until a more detailed plan emerges from Washington. Impact of Federal Aid on New York's Local Governments Local governments receive much-needed federal aid that supports our schools, fixes our roads and keeps our communities safe. But potential policy changes in Washington could have a considerable impact on local government operations. In 2015, local governments and school districts outside New York City received $4.7 billion in direct federal aid. Separately, New York City received $7 billion, of which $1.7 billion went to funding the city's public schools. Federal aid to New York's local governments help support a broad range of purposes, including social services, education, transportation, public safety, economic development, health, community services, culture and recreation, utilities and sanitation. As State Comptroller, I will continue to shine a light on the potential impact of decisions being made in Washington and help inform New Yorkers about what's at stake for them. Read both reports here: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/economic/federal-tax-reform.pdf and http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/pubs/research/federal-aid-impact.pdf. If you have questions, contact Robert Ward, Deputy Comptroller for the Office of Budget and Policy Analysis, at 518-473-4333.
Flood Repair Building Permits And Information Available Listed below is the contact information for the NYS DEC locations for assistance with obtaining permits for on-site corrective actions or site inspections. In addition, Town of Lyme residents can contact the Town of Lyme Zoning & Codes Enforcement Officer at the town office. Regional Permit Office contacts: NYS DEC Region 6 (Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties) Regional Permit Administrator Dulles State Office Building 317 Washington Street Watertown, NY 13601-3787 Phone: 315-785-2245 Fax: 315-785-2242 Email: email@example.com
Currently, Lake Ontario is 31 inches above its level of one year ago and while these levels are not anticipated to increase in the near future, forecasters expect that it will take many weeks for water levels to normalize. GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MULTI-AGENCY ACTIONS TO ENFORCE NO WAKE ZONE ALONG LAKE ONTARIO AND ST. LAWRENCE RIVER SHORELINE http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/governor-announces-new-efforts-to-enforce-no-boat-wake-zones-20170703 State to Deploy 20 Watercraft and 42 Law Enforcement Personnel to Support Enforcement Efforts Local Municipalities Empowered to Fine Recreational Boaters Up to $250 for Exceeding 5 mph Speed Limit Within 600 Feet of Shore.
Emergency Funding Governor Cuomo is also providing more than $20 million in funding to assist homeowners, small businesses, and local governments that have been impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Last week, the Governor and Legislature reached an agreement that will expand program eligibility and increase the total amount of assistance to $45 million and also provide up to $10 million in assistance for certain counties impacted by past extreme weather events. To learn more and to apply, visit: https://www.ny.gov/programs/lake-ontario-relief-and-recovery
FROM THE OFFICE OF SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE Help is on the way for homeowners, businesses and local communities. 6/30/17 Dear Friends, From structural damages to lost business, for months now, people in shoreline communities have been suffering the devastating effects of record high water along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. That is why I am pleased to share that legislation establishing the Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence Seaway Relief and Recovery Grant Program—which will send $45 million in flood relief to the hardest hit areas—has been signed into law after negotiations with the Governor. Highlights of the program include: --Grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses homeowners, farms and not-for-profit organizations; --Grants of up to $20,000 for owners of a seasonal dwelling that has sustained damage, like a cottage or camp; --Grants for municipalities of up to $1,000,000 for flood related repairs and restoration, as well as up to $500,000 for flood mitigation efforts; and --Special permission—modeled after separate legislation I introduced that previously passed the Senate—for local governments and school districts to cut property tax bills for affected property owners. Funding will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis and I will follow up with additional details on how you can apply for assistance as soon as they become available. I know how critically important it is to provide those struggling with flooding a helping hand and am pleased that through the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Relief and Recovery Grant Program they will be able to receive the support they need to bounce back. Sincerely, Patty
Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Posted on June 14, 2017 Helping Homeowners and Municipalities Recover from Flood Damage along the Lake Ontario Coastline To expedite repairs and the construction of shoreline stabilization projects, Governor Cuomo declared a disaster emergency on May 2, 2017 in counties impacted by spring flooding along the Lake Ontario Coastline: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne. To aid in relief and recovery efforts, New York State is providing $22 million in assistance for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. From restoring roads, floodwalls and public water infrastructure to assisting small businesses with physical damage to providing New Yorkers with the help they need to repair their homes, these targeted programs are delivering relief to New York families across the entire Lake Ontario region. $7 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Flooding New York State Homes and Community Renewal will make available up to $7 million in state funding for homeowners along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in the aftermath of the extreme weather and severe flooding in the region. The new investment program will provide up to $40,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures. For more information about eligibility and program parameters, read the Lake Ontario Home Owner Recovery Assistance Program Fact Sheet. TO APPLY:For Homeowners:Download the application HERE. The program will be administered through not-for profit housing organizations seeking to help homeowners affected by the flooding. Homeowners seeking assistance are encouraged to contact the not-for-profit organizations that have already expressed interest in serving as program participants to determine eligibility and ask questions about the program. Those organizations are listed below, along with their contact information and the areas they intend to serve: Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties Neighbors Of Watertown, Inc. www.neighborsofwatertown.com Floodinfo@neighborsofwatertown.com 315-782-8497
Assistance for Small Businesses, Individuals and Municipalities Governor Cuomo has announced assistance for small businesses, individuals and municipalities impacted by the flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Please find information at the links below regarding these programs. ESD grant program for flood-related damage for businesses: https://esd.ny.gov/lake-ontario-small-business-recovery-fund HCR homeowner and municipal grant programs: http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood/ A letter from Senator Ritchie ASSISTANCE FOR HOMEOWNERS, BUSINESSES AND MUNICIPALITIES AVAILABLE
Homeowners: $7 million is available to help homeowners make repairs to property damaged by flood waters. For more information, click here.Municipalities: $10 million in state funding is being made available to assist eligible municipalities impacted by recent flooding with repairs to public water and sewer infrastructure, as well as repairs to things like roads, sidewalks and culverts. Applications for this funding are available here. In addition, the Governor also just recently signed into law a measure I cosponsored, which accelerates the availability of emergency funding through the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. Businesses: Small businesses impacted by recent flooding will be able to tap into $5 million in funding, which will provide grants of up to $20,000 to assist with costs associated with repairing or replacing property. Applications for funding will be available soon. Weigh in: Cornell University recently launched a survey to determine the impact of the high water. Results of the survey will be used to make future decisions about water levels and relief programs. I encourage you to participate in the survey, which is available here.Mobile Command Centers: These centers, which offer technical guidance, provide on-site emergency permitting to residents and offer insurance help, will continue to set up throughout our region. For a schedule, click here. Decreased speed limits on waterways: In an effort to reduce wave action and damage to property, there is now a 5 mile per-hour speed limit for vessels operating within 600 feet of shore on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Please Be Cautious On The Lake
Please be safe and cautious while enjoying recreational aquatic activities on Lake Ontario. There are very large objects (docks, trees, canoes, etc.) that have been washed into the lake due to the high water levels. Also, when boating or jet skiing, please keep your speed and wakes to a minimum and remember our shoreline residents who are trying to prevent further damage to their homes.
Property Damage Information Requested For Possible FEMA Financial Assistance It has come to the attention of the Town of Lyme that we will be responsible for gathering an inventory of damages caused by the high water in order to receive FEMA money if any is made available. In a preliminary effort to gather that information, the town is asking our residents, businesses and public entities who have received damage to their property to send your name, 911 address and, if possible, a photo of damage that has been sustained and the sand bagging efforts used to prevent any damage to your property. A more organized and thorough review will be developed in the next month or two once the waters subside and damage is more visible. For now, we will remain proactive and try to get a head start on acquiring any information we can. Please send your information with photos attached to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property owner locations for assistance with obtaining permits for on-site corrective actions or site inspections. Regional Permit Office contacts: NYS DEC Region 6 (Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties) Regional Permit Administrator Dulles State Office Building 317 Washington Street Watertown, NY 13601-3787 Phone: 315-785-2245 Fax: 315-785-2242 Email: email@example.com
A LETTER FROM SENATOR RITCHIE Dear Friend, Having just recently toured communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, I know how serious the flooding situation is—and how important it is that those seeking help from the rising waters receive it. That’s why I’m writing to you with several important updates. This week, the Senate OK’d a bill I cosponsor that would speed up the availability of emergency funding for water infrastructure and help communities in regions of our state impacted by the recent severe flooding. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the Assembly. In addition, I wanted to let you know about a couple important resources available to those facing flooding: Residents affected by flooding who are in need of help are encouraged to contact the state’s Flood Assistance Hotline at 1-866-244-383. The Hotline provides callers with the latest flooding forecast, as well as information on how to obtain sandbags; and in addition, property owners are encouraged to contact the DEC for help in obtaining storm recovery permits available for shore protection and other actions that need to be taken to safeguard infrastructure and property from rising waters. Lastly, with Memorial Day approaching it’s important to remember that despite the high water, many shoreline businesses are still open—and need your support. I will continue to keep a close eye on this situation as it develops, and invite those who are experiencing flooding to share their concerns with me here or by calling (315) 782-3418. Sincerely, Pattie
NYS Office of Emergency Management trying to compile data about damages. NYSOEM is looking at estimates for damage from the flooding to public property (Municipality Owned) and private damage to residents. They are looking at cellars that are flooded, 1st floors that are flooded and above the 1st floor that is flooded. A VERY important part of this is the residents MUST BE a full time resident of the structure and not seasonal residents. This is a FEMA rule. This will mean many places will not count as they are seasonal. This by no means indicates that there will be any Federal Funding coming. NYS is trying to compile numbers to see if thresholds ($27.5 million in damages) are met.
Star Exemption Update As of right now, new Star applicants have to apply with New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance. The Assessors continue to control those already receiving Star.
TOWN BOARD MEETINGS TO BE STREAMED LIVE The town board meetings have been video recorded and placed on the town website for several years. Now, through the graciousness of Steve Weed Productions, our meetings will be streamed live. To watch the board meetings each month on your computer click on the link below. https://livestream.com/swp/lyme. The town board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm.
2017 TRANSFER SITE STICKERS WILL BE AVAILABLE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH. TOWN TAXPAYERS MAY GET THE STICKERS AT THE LYME TRANSFER SITE.
Effective April 1, 2017 the Town of Lyme Transfer Site will be open from 9am-4pm on Wednesday & Saturday. Sunday from 9-6pm. On Tuesday and Friday the Transfer Site is open from 9am - 1pm.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM MAPPING APPLICATION (GIS)
The Town of Lyme is pleased to announce today's launch of DANC's new and improved version of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Internet Mapping Application. This upgrade is more user-friendly and intuitive, with enhanced functionality and new tools and features.
Working in concert with six other Jefferson County communities, Lyme contracted with the Development Authority of the North Country to map infrastructure in the Town’s water districts. These maps are accessible through an internet-based GIS which facilitates efficient access to information on critical water infrastructure serving 250 Town users. In addition to water infrastructure, the GIS contains aerial imagery and parcel data for areas of the Town not served by water. The Town of Lyme has made the GIS open to the public. Users can access the system by visiting the Development Authority of the North Country’s website and clicking on the ‘Launch DANC GIS Application’ button on the top of the webpage.
Building Project in Your Future?
Don’t Forget the Permit
As promised, spring has arrived! Now that a lot of us are feeling the urge to repair or expand one of our most valuable investments, our property, a reminder that many building projects need a zoning and building permit.
Since we offer zoning and building permit services at our Lyme Town Office, we are a "One Stop” Department, saving you a trip to Watertown. Most permits are easily obtainable and usually only take several days. To expe-dite your permit process, the following items will be needed. When you come it would be helpful to have your application completely filled out, a recent property survey map, and an accurate sketch of the new structure and its location on the property. Buildings located in known flood zones will also require an elevation certificate available only from a surveyor. The final step will require that the new structure be "staked out" to indicate its location on the property.
As a quick reminder, structures need to be properly setback from adjoining property lines. Consult with our office for the setbacks that apply to your property. We are always available to help you have an enjoyable and successful building experience. Tell us how we my help!
Jim Millington, ZEO/CEO The Town of Lyme Building Office Cell- (315) 777-6115
KEEP OUR TOWN CLEAN
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER
NY CLS Veh & Tr § 1220 (2004) Litter Law
Throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands prohibited (a) No person shall throw, dump, deposit or place, or cause to be thrown, dumped, deposited or placed upon any highway, or within the limits of the right of way of such highway, or upon private lands adjacent thereto, any refuse, trash, garbage, rubbish, litter or any nauseous or offensive matter. (c) A violation of the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 and/or a requirement to perform services for a public or not-for-profit corporation, association, institution or agency not to exceed 8 and for any second or subsequent violation by a fine not to exceed $500 and/or a requirement to perform services for a public or not-for-profit corporation, association, institution or agency not to exceed 8 hours.
At it's meeting on Wednesday, September 10th, the Lyme Town Board passed a resolution requiring the use of punch cards to pay for tipping fees at the Transfer Site. Two months ago, the Town Board passed a resolution to accept only credit/debit cards or checks at the facility. After being informed that the town must accept cash payments, the decision was made to return to the punch card payment system used by the Town several years ago. Residents who wish to pay by cash, may now purchase a punch card at the Town Office which they can take with them to the transfer site to pay for tipping fees or they may purchase a punch card at the transfer site by paying with a credit card or check. The punch card program meets with the Comptroller's recommendations for accepting cash payments. The punch cards should be available by October 1, 2014. We thank our residents for your patience and understanding in this matter as we work to reduce the cash on hand at the transfer site and ensure the safety of our Transfer Site employees.
CASH PAYMENTS NO LONGER ACCEPTED AT TRANSFER SITE
In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of our transfer site employees, a decision has been made to begin accepting credit, debit cards or personal checks only at the transfer site. The board understands a transition period will be needed to educate everyone to this change and has determined that a one month grace period will be given. Effective September 1st, cash payments for tipping fees will not be accepted. Please remember to bring your credit or debit card, or a personal check, with you when you have items which requirement payment.
NEW LINK ADDED TO OUR WEBPAGE
A new link has been added under our "MORE" header that will take you to important emergency information. Important personal emergency information has been added. New information will be added as it is gathered. The Town, along with the Fire Departments, Village officials and local residents will be developing an Emergency Management Plan to follow in the event of a chemical, natural or terrorist occurrence.
TRANSFER SITE REQUIREMENTS
ALL LOADS (COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL) MUST BE TARPED According to NYS DEC laws, all transport of materials to the Town Transfer Site must be covered or confined (tied down). Please respect the State littering law and be respectful of those residents living along your route to the Transfer Site. Let's all work to keep our town roads clean. Subpart 360-1: General Provisions - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "Solid waste must not be accepted at a solid waste management facility unless the waste is adequately covered or confined in the vehicle transporting the waste to prevent dust and blowing litter."
From The Lyme Building & Codes Office
As a reminder to all our residents and contractors, a Zoning and Building Permit is required for most types of construction and change of property use projects. Some examples are: Some types of remodeling, New construction, Roof replacement, Fence construction, Heating equipment installation, Wood burning stoves, Wind and Solar Generation Systems, and Demolition. Please check with our office regarding your project for further information. As your Zoning and Building Code Enforcement Officer, I am always available to assist our residents and contractors in assuring that your building projects are safe, successful, and code compliant. When you “Build to Code” your project will be safe, and have lasting value. Our regular hours are: Tuesday from 8:00 AM to Noon, and Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. My office phone number is (315) 649-2788. My cell phone number is: (315) 777-6115. I look forward to serving our residents and contractors in this place we call “Paradise”, The Town of Lyme.
Jim Millington, ZEO/CEO
PRINT FISHING LICENSES FROM HOME
New York offers some of the best fishing in the country. With trout and salmon fishing season starting April 1st – just around the corner – it is easier than ever this year for New Yorkers to be ready to enjoy great outdoor fishing on opening day.
For the first time, you can now purchase and print a fishing license from home by visiting licensecenter.ny.gov. New York State has also reduced fishing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and expanded fishing clinics as part of the state’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative. Fishing Access Sites located in the town of Lyme are at the NYS boat launch in Chaumont, the NYS boat launch in Three Mile Bay and the newly renovated boat launch at the Isthmus on Point Peninsula.
Anglers, consider investing in a lifetime fishing license that can be converted to an Adventure License and be eligible to receive a free adventure license plate for your vehicle in one of nine designs.
Transfer Site Changes Changes are underway at the town transfer site in how we handle recyclables. In a cost savings measure, the town has contracted with the County for the pickup of recyclables. County requirements are very strict in the enforcement of sorting and separating recyclables. Dumpsters have been supplied for plastics, corrugated cardboard, soft cardboard, glass, paper and tin cans. Transfer site employees will no longer be handling recyclables inside the building. Residents are asked to comply with the new requirements and exhibit patience and understanding while we work to operate similarly to many other town transfer sites in the county.