The Town Board has already received letters of concern from residents regarding placing stakes and markers along the road by property owners in an effort to keep cars, and snow plows, from getting close to their lawns. The placement of stakes andmarkers prevents the snow plows from pushing the snow back out of the way, thereby creating smaller, unsafe travel lanes. Unfortunately, lawns that are manicured close to the road are still within the road right of way. It is a violation of New York State Highway Law 319 to install objects which create a safety hazard. It is the opinion of the Attorney General that the Highway Superintendent and the State have a duty to keep the highway available for public use. Snow removal and snow storage are an incident of that use. "The highways of the state are made for and devoted to public travel, and the whole public have the right to their use in their entirety and when obstructions to public travel are found within their bounds, the commissioner's of highways are clothed with power to remove them without waiting for the slow process of law, even though travel be not absolutely and entirely prevented". The owner has no right to interfere with the speedy and efficient removal of snow by placing an object in such a position as to cause this result, and no liability results on the part of the public official charged with the duty of snow removal if such an obstruction is so placed that it may be injured by proper highway maintenance. If you have placed an obstruction at the edge of your lawn near the road, please remove it immediately before it is removed by the snow plow during the maintenance of clearing snow.
Summary of United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s programs
Community Facilities: Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grant and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to health care, education and public safety projects. Typical projects are hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers and many other community based initiatives.
Water & Environmental Program: To develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes.
Single Family Housing: loans are primarily used to help low-income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. Funds can be used to build, repair, renovate or relocate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites, including providing water and sewage facilities.
Rural Energy for America Program: provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of projects, including renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy development, energy audits, and feasibility studies.
Rural Business Enterprise Grant: The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities. Examples of eligible fund use include: Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation, of buildings, plants, machinery, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utilities; pollution control and abatement; capitalization of revolving loan funds; training and technical assistance; distance adult learning for job training and advancement; rural transportation improvement; and project planning.
Value-Added Producer Grant: The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
Business & Industry guarantees: The purpose of the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. This purpose is achieved by bolstering the existing private credit structure through the guarantee of quality loans which will provide lasting community benefits. It is not intended that the guarantee authority will be used for marginal or substandard loans or for relief of lenders having such loans.
Multi-Family Housing: Rural Housing Site Loans are made to provide financing for the purchase and development of housing sites for low- and moderate-income families. Section 523 loans are made to acquire and develop sites only for housing to be constructed by the self-help method. Section 524 loans are made to acquire and develop sites for any low- or moderate-income family. Low income is defined as between 50 and 80 percent of the area median income (AMI); the upper limit for moderate income is $5,500 above the low-income limit.
The Town of Lyme Highway Department burns used motor oil to heat the building. If you have used oil you would like to get rid of, just leave your used oil in a covered can or pail outside the building, or call the Highway Department to make arrangements. Oil with water in it will not burn, so please make sure it is covered and water free.
Punch Cards To Be Used at Transfer Site
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.
Geographic Information System Available The Town of Lyme is pleased to announce the completion of a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS). 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. 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.