Author Topic: Perinton Town Government Releases Statement Supporting Erie Canal Embankment Maintenance Plans  (Read 33 times)

Doug K

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A long time coming, and a welcome change to what other Towns & Village leaders in eastern Monroe County have been saying about safety work along the Canal system

Supervisor Hanna has made an impressive statement to encourage the Perinton Community to accept and welcome the new Canal Corporation Embankment Integrity Program. The ECNA has had a few discussions with Mr. Hanna in the past, and welcome his move to work with the Canal Corporation, and the ECNA, to create an environment that supports acceptance of the need to "Inspect & Repair" the many Canal Embankments in Perinton and beyond.

https://perinton.org/news/eeip-key-takeaways/

Go read the statement on the Perinton Town web page, but the key takeaway is in bullet item number 2...

>>> "It is clear that maintenance along the earthen embankments of the Erie Canal has been lacking, which has resulted in areas of high hazard and poor condition. This, combined with the State’s diminished ability to perform inspections due to overgrowth, has created a public safety issue."


In addition Mr. Hanna has also touched on this key truth about Federal guidelines to insure Earthen Embankment Integrity, and public safety:


>>> "While FEMA and the Army Corp of Engineers guidance states that zero trees should exist on earthen embankments, the Canal Corporation is trying to strike a balance between public safety and our desire to preserve the aesthetic value of the Canal. I believe it is in this compromise that we can all move forward."

This new EEIP statement aligns with the earlier one released by Supervisor Hanna in August.

https://perinton.org/news/supervisor-comments-eeip/

Hopefully Mr. Hanna has put in his request, or better stated, his offer... to have the Oxbox Lake Dam in Perinton become the first earthen embankment revitalized by the new EEIP effort. There are already 370 signatures collected, on two different online petitions, asking for this particular earthen embankment to be cleared.

https://www.change.org/p/jacquie-shillinger-support-vegetation-removal-from-erie-canal-for-safety-inspections?

https://www.change.org/p/erie-canal-neighbors-friends-help-save-the-oxbow-lake-dam-ask-the-perinton-town-government-to-help-protect-perinton-fairport-from-a-flood

Please show your support, sign a petition today... thank you in advance.

« Last Edit: September 23, 2021, 02:28:40 pm by Michael Caswell »

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Doug K

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Of course this Facebook group fighting against the public safety work, have stated a few times, that Embankment Clearing shouldn't become a "political issue" but NOW has members writing to Supervisor Hanna, threatening him with losing their votes, if he doesn't side with the two nearby Towns & Villages who support keeping their communities in danger from unsafe dams.



Bravo, Mr. Brad Allen, way to show that safety of Canal Neighbors in your community should take a backseat to how you might chose to vote next election

« Last Edit: October 01, 2021, 10:40:15 am by Doug K »