Do you agree or disagree that Perinton & Fairport have an Erie Canal Embankment Safety Issue

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An Update on Perinton & Fairport Erie Canal Safety
« on: December 22, 2019, 03:09:54 pm »
Can you believe this Stop the Canal ClearCut (STCC) Group these days?

They seem to not like the fact that have been called out PUBLICLY for their continued persistence ignoring BOTH the safety of their own community as well as their own ignorance in understanding why recent NY State Canal Corporation work, aptly named the Earthen Embankment INTEGRITY Program, is understood to be a Public Safety program. That EEIP program, being drafted by the Canal Corporation, will REPAIR the many unsafe dams that line our sections of the NYS Barge Canal System as well as across the state.

You see this Stop the Canal Work group & leaders just don't want to talk about safety at all. Their answer is no danger, no unsafe embankments... leave the canal alone... there is "nothing" wrong with it. The embankment safety concern is all made up by the NY Canal Corporation to spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars... all just a bunch of hogwash. The NYS Canal System IS falling apart...and this group wants to simply ignore that fact to try and “save the trees” causing the unsafe dam problems in the first place.

These leaders are saying this after almost TWO years of being told they are wrong by everyone from the NY State Governor down, to us, the “broadcasters” in the ECNA. The STCC and its Leadership are still denying any canal embankment safety concerns exists to this day.

Even though…

Even though the NY Canal Corporation and their parent, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), have been working diligently to correct the issues with the UNSAFE DAMS that some State Agencies were told about more than FIVE years ago.

Even though every Federal & State authority & publication on the topic of Earthen Dam Safety says that trees do not belong on the outboard or inboard slopes of any dams. Go look at this video on Erie Canal Safety prepared SPECIFICALLY for the Town of Perinton & Fairport Village.


Even though outside experts, contacted directly by the Stop the Canal ClearCut LEADERS has told them that the Canal Embankment are indeed Earthen DAMS and as such need to be cleared to insure the dam structure isn't further compromised. When confronted by experts they sought out themselves, they quickly closed their Facebook Page in response..it has since reopened


And then along come Mike Caswell and Doug Kucmerowski to try and steer them to the truth, a truth that they so ardently try to avoid. Here's what the ECNA has always been saying, which is that the Canal Corporation is correct about safety.

The NYS Canal Embankments are a danger...they do need to be cleared, all of them that are raised over neighboring properties.


We also took the recent STCC "update" made by one of the Stop the Clear Cut Leaders, Ms. Maier, and showed why the status quo has not changed. That was not received well, no doubt because they could not argue with the logic or truth we presented.


ATTENTION Perinton ! Your Next Door App has been hacked!

This ignorance of safety by the STCC also has become an issue on Nextdoor Fairport where Mike Caswell has tried to warn others in his community about Erie Canal Safety. But Mike's message isn't allowed on Nextdoor, too controversial to say people, the public, is in danger from within the community by mis-guided citizens.

Too much controversy for Nextdoor, which seems to want to run like Sesame Street,,sunny days and all friends. Not like any REAL neighbors who talk openly about issues that matter and try to resolve them for the benefit of the ENTIRE neighborhood.

Instead Nextdoor Fairport has been taken over by a group of people who only want ONE side of the discussion allowed, their own side. They have rigged the Next Door communication system, have their friends in key positions to dictate what you read and who gets their view posted on topics that matter to everyone in Fairport.

This one group is trying to drown out the voice of Mike Caswell, one of the few trying to save Fairport from another types of drowning… like from an embankment breach and canal flood.

And who is this group who have kidnapped NextDoor Fairport?

Why it's the Stop the Canal Clear Cut Group from Facebook and their leader/co-founders.. Ms Agte and Ms Maier.

They once again have cried foul, ONLY because the truth has left a mark on their egos , and they are very upset they have been treated so "badly". They have worked to suppress and remove any and all dissenting comments from Nextdoor and those in opposition to their “Erie Canal crusade”.

The truth is that the STCC & it's Leaders have not been treated any more badly than they have treated Mr. Caswell...by calling him a Liar and creating an atmosphere where safety & truth takes second place to ego & opinion. Mike Caswell should be thanked for his persistence to insure his community is kept safe, not chastised by those who can’t fathom the issues of embankment safety in the first place.

The STCC & it's Leaders have not been treated any more badly than they have treated the NY Canal Corporation...calling them liars & incompetent to fix their own safety issues. Nothing could be further from the truth, even worse, this group criticizes those who are trying to fix the safety issues when their ONLY defense to the safety question is to just ignore it…at the peril of the portions of the community living below these aging dams.

The STCC & it's Leaders have not been treated any more badly than they have treated the Governor of NY State... calling him a liar in note after note stating they still can’t understand the issues with Erie Canal Safety. Same Complaint, same reply…but they still just don’t want to believe they are so wrong about safety. It’s our money they are wasting.

You see anyone who doesn't subscribe to the same belief that the Erie Canal is a "Safe Canal", the one promoted & pedaled by the STCC Group, is eventually labeled a liar at some point by their Leadership of Maier & Agte.

Then the rest of the members, like Meuwissen, Donk & Gouldthorpe & Gallagher, all jump on saying how everyone is wrong except them. Those same STCC Leaders are trying desperately to pedal this to ALL of the Town & Village Leaders

(Just a hint, leaving three towns, a total population of well over 115,000 souls in DANGER from unsafe & overgrown dams, that still aren't cleared, is treating MANY MANY people badly.)


Perinton & Fairport Village residents should wake up and tell these Stop the Canal Cutting group "NO THANKS in all caps.

Do it by banning their divisive & dangerous rhetoric before something does happen, an embankment failure being the worse case scenario. If that happens we will hear from the STCC group, pointing blame and saying the Canal Corp’s response to safety issues wasn’t fast enough. This from the same group who stood in the way of safety… and worked with three towns to sue a State Safety Project. You see they seem to complain just to hear the sound of their own voices it seems.

Fairport & Perinton residents should stand in unity against this ill-fated group and do it before our unsafe Erie Canal Dams become just another of our country’s FAILED earthen embankment statistic, along with the catastrophic floods that follow.Floods that would level much of Perinton & Fairport New York , and may someday be talked about on the national evening news if nothing is done to fix our State's aging canal embankment structures.

What a tragedy that would be folks, sadly one that is being encouraged by the rantings of the STCC, who seem to have a different agenda than the safety of New York residents.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2019, 02:17:40 pm by Michael Caswell »

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