NOTICE TO THE TOWN OF LYME RESIDENTS The Town of Lyme will flush hydrants in Three Mile Bay Monday September 20 and Tuesday September 21, 2021 Water District 2; Millens Bay Road and Cheever Road Tuesday September 21 and Wednesday September 22, 2021 Water Districts 1 & 4; Old Town Springs Road Wednesday September 22 and Thursday September 23, 2021 Water Districts 1 & 5. You may find discoloring in your water due to flushing. Please call the Town of Lyme with any questions 315-649-2788.
Jefferson County Planning Department Press Release 8/18/2021
Funding Available for the Replacement of Septic Systems near Specific Waterbodies in Jefferson County New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has opened Round 2 of the State Septic Replacement Fund Program, which provides funds to repair or replace failing or substandard septic systems located near targeted waterbodies. The purpose of this fund is to replace existing cesspools and septic systems that are having significant and quantifiable environmental and/or public health impacts to groundwater used for drinking water, or a threatened or impaired waterbody. Jefferson County is participating in the State’s program. Priority Waterbodies identified for Round 1 included Moon Lake, Red Lake and the Indian River while Round 2 continues to include Moon Lake, it also adds Guffin Bay (Lake Ontario) and the St. Lawrence River. Property owners with substandard septic systems located within 250 feet of these waterbodies are encouraged to apply to help improve water quality. In addition to year round residences, seasonal homes and rental properties are eligible for the Program. The State’s Program allows the individual county to tailor its program to meet its specific goals so long as the State’s maximum of 50% reimbursement of eligible costs and cap of $10,000 per system are not exceeded. Jefferson County is limiting its maximum award to a 50% reimbursement up to a maximum of $5,000 per system due to limited funds and a large number of potentially eligible homeowners included within Round 2’s waterbodies. The Planning Department will accept completed applications through September 30, 2021. County staff will review and rank applications to determine the ones that will fulfill the Program’s intent. Selection priority may be determined by the condition of the existing septic system, the potential impact to the impaired waterbody, the design of the proposed system and the date of initial contact with County Planning Department. Applications that are not selected to receive a grant during this round will remain on a waiting list and be considered for future selection if additional funding becomes available. The grant recipients will have one year to complete the work and seek reimbursement. Any work completed prior to a signed award agreement is not eligible for reimbursement. An application and additional information can be found on the Planning Department’s webpage at https://co.jefferson.ny.us/departments/Planning/septic-system-replacement-program, or by calling Sara Freda at (315) 785-3144.
September 10, 2021
The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board Plans to Assist Boat Haul Out on Lake St. Lawrence the Second Weekend in October The current water level on Lake St. Lawrence at Long Sault Dam is approximately 73 meters (239.50 ft.). The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board will temporarily reduce outflows from Lake Ontario to increase water levels on Lake St. Lawrence the second weekend of October. This effort will provide marinas and shoreline dock owners an opportunity at the end of the season to remove recreational boats more easily. The Board will temporarily reduce outflows through the Moses-Saunders Dam for a 72-hour period from noon on Friday, October 8th through noon on Monday, October 11th to raise water levels on Lake St. Lawrence. Based on the current forecast, Lake Ontario outflows are expected to be temporarily reduced by approximately 250 m3/s (8800 cfs) to reach a target water level of about 73.10 meters (239.83 ft.) on Lake St. Lawrence at Long Sault Dam during the holiday weekend in October. “Decreasing the outflow through the dam will cause water levels immediately upstream on Lake St. Lawrence to rise. However, there will be a temporary decline in water levels downstream of approximately 10 to 15 cm (3.9 to 5.9 in.) at Lake St. Louis and Montreal”, said Mr. Steve Durrett, United States Co-Chair of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. The Board will continue to monitor weather forecasts, water supply conditions, and refine this strategy as necessary in the coming weeks. The Board has been operating under regulation plan flow since July 17th. The discretionary flow reduction is permitted by Plan 2014 and considered a minor deviation. “It is important to recognize that wind conditions could impact water levels on Lake St. Lawrence that may help or hinder boat haul out”, said Mr. David Harper, Canadian Co-Chair of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. Water levels on Lake Ontario are expected to increase by less than a third of a centimeter. As required by the IJC’s Directive, the small amount of water that will be stored on Lake Ontario during this temporary flow decrease will be completely offset by an increase in flow later in October. The 4 cm (1.6 in.) of water that was stored on Lake Ontario during the major (low Criterion H14) deviations (undertaken from May 28 through July 16, 2021) will be retained on Lake Ontario through mid-October, and this will provide a small benefit to recreational boaters in the Thousand Islands and upper St. Lawrence River. Information on hydrologic conditions, water levels and outflows, including graphics and photos, are available on the Board’s website and posted to the Board’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InternationalLakeOntarioStLawrenceRiverBoard, and more detailed information is available on its website at https://www.ijc.org/en/loslrb.
Town of Lyme Office Hours Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you have any questions please call us or send us an email! Town Office: 315-649-2788 Assessor’s: 315-649-2387 Zoning Enforcement: 315-649-2788 Code Enforcement: 315-777-6115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We encourage our residents to use our drop box located in the front of the building or to mail your payment to: Town of Lyme P.O. Box 66 Chaumont, NY 13622