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May 10, 2013

Cambria has new stormwater ordinance

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — CAMBRIA — After bucking a Department of Environmental directive for about two years, the town of Cambria has a new Stormwater Management Ordinance.

Plan MS4 covered the southwest portion of the interior town. Now all 39.9 square miles are subject to the ordinance.

It will cost the town money, Supervisor Wright Ellis said at Thursday’s Town Board Meeting. How much, he has no idea.

In 2011, the DEC made new rules, at the direction of the Environmental Protection Agency. “We’ve resisted. It covers the entire town,” the supervisor said. “It’s a cost item.”

MS4 was based on population density, the supervisor explained.  Ellis said, the EPA and DEC changed the rules. After the public hearing, the board voted and MS4 is no more.

“We increased the stormwater management area. from southwest corner to incorporate the entire town.” Ellis said. “All of the rules for stormwater management, construction standards, drainage standards apply throughout the town, instead of one small area.”

Ellis expects labor costs to rise.

• The second phase of clearing the area of the old Lockport Air Force Station is expected to begin in July. The town will begin to take bids to do the work.

The second phase includes cleaning up the Unicorn Drive area. Power poles, foundations and brush will be removed. Asbestos abatement is also planned.

Soil remediation will follow and contaminated soil will be removed. The work is expected to take 6-8 weeks and should be done by Labor Day. All the work is grant-funded.

Lockport Air Force Station was one of 23 radar stations constructed as part of the Air Defense Command permanent radar network. It was established in 1950 and closed in 1979. 

• The town is considering a proposal to allow small land owners to have chickens on their property. While Cambria is a right to farm community, residents with less than five acres cannot have chickens.

Council member Matthew W. Foe proposes granting permits for small land owners to own chickens and charging an annual fee.

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