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WRITE ON: Some leftover points from 2022 | Opinion

One 12 months in the past, I wrote a want record of 14 columns I needed to jot down someday throughout 2022. Most had been admittedly pie-in-the-sky notions, like that native elections within the Finger Lakes could be non-partisan and that Schuyler County could be the location of a brand new four-year college with an environmental focus.

These are nonetheless good concepts. However one of many others got here near actuality. I needed to pen a column that every one cryptocurrency operations at Greenidge Era in Dresden had shut down.

Effectively, my timing was off, however shut, it appears.

As this final 2022 column is written, Greenidge remains to be shakily plodding forward along with his bitcoin operations. However information experiences say chapter looms and all indications level on the cryptocurrency a part of the facility plant being close to to closing up store. Which may occur very early in 2023.

A motive for neighbors to have fun.

Different points from final 12 months’s record stay related, too.

On the high is Seneca Meadows Inc.’s continued cussed resistance to closing its large landfill by 2025.

Beneath phrases of a duly enacted City of Seneca Falls legislation, the landfill operation is legally required to close down by the top of 2025. As simple as that sounds, Texas-based SMI is blithely pushing forward with large growth plans, appearing as if it may merely ignore the legislation. It is also throwing its authorized weight round to silence pointed criticism by the Seneca Lake Guardian group. However most weird is the NY Division of Environmental Conservation continuing to course of SMI’s state-required software to increase as if the Seneca Falls’ city legislation does not exist.

My hope for 2023 is that the DEC finds the required administrative chutzpah to straight — and publicly — handle the battle between the Seneca Falls city legislation and SMI’s software for a significant landfill growth. Past that authorized imbroglio, SMI wants to tug up its trash-stained britches and perceive its landfill operations are truthful sport for any and all public criticism. SMI can publicly complain if it thinks critics are unfair. But it surely should not use a authorized cudgel to disclaim them their proper to free speech.

Upwind of that, this 12 months all Finger Lakes communities ought to provoke some long-overdue conversations concerning the issues related to short-term trip leases.

For at the least the final 5 years, former long-term housing leases have been transformed to short-term trip leases at an alarming price in lots of communities, notably the place tourism is rising quick. The result’s a scarcity of normal leases and housing for the employees who employees companies and native residents. Ditto for retirees and different locals who do not personal their very own house. Virtually any home that goes available on the market in high-traffic vacationer areas will get snapped up shortly, to be rented out at significantly extra profitable phrases than as a daily rental housing unit. There must be a steadiness between short-term leases and the necessity for common group housing.

Public conversations must also take into account controlling noise and a prolonged record of different impacts confronted by neighbors of short-term trip leases. If you happen to assume such rules will not be wanted, examine with many fed-up Watkins Glen residents who usually dread the arrival of vacationers, a few of whom destroy all semblance of peace and tranquility of their neighborhoods, plus go away piles of trash of their wake.

For 2023, there are three columns I hope to jot down. One is that dangerous algal micro organism in all of the Finger Lakes declines dramatically, because of efforts to restrict HABs vitamins that stream into the water. One other is that NY State governments get round to discovering methods to amend property tax legal guidelines to assist folks on mounted incomes keep of their houses. And a really private want—that the Hector Truthful will get resurrected after a number of years of absence. Maintain the Truthful and other people will come.

Pleased New 12 months everybody.


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