Author Topic: Facebook Group Fighting Canal Maintenance Shares Responsibility for Colonial Belle's Issues  (Read 18 times)

Doug K

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Whether anyone cares about this Facebook group or the half-truths they live by anymore, I really had to bring this one up.

It's very interesting that the LEADERSHIP of this Facebook group is now complaining about the need to close the NYS Canal System early and it's affect on their "local" Fairport business, the Colonial Belle Canal Tour Boat. We've seen the story on local news; As a result of the NYS Canal Corporation closing the Canal System to waterway traffic on October 14th this year, and also telling the Colonial Belle Captain that winter accommodations for dry dock have to change, the locals in Fairport are upset they will lose ONE weekend of riding to watch Autumn leaves.




And of course the Founder of the Group, Ms E. Agte is insisting that the issues is all because of the "new owners" of the NYS Canal Corporation, New York Power Authority or NYPA. That same change of ownership has caused Ms. Agte to take up arms against the new NYPA Embankment Safety Programs slated to clear unsafe embankments across 125 miles of the canal system. That program is being run by the New York State Canal Corporation, who will celebrate their 29th year as a NYS Government agency, insuring the Erie Canal lives on. By the way, the Canal Corporation is part of NYPA, who itself is a State Agency, will be starting it's 90th year in 2021, it was founded in 1931.

Somehow Ms. Agte didn't get the memo that the Erie Canal already is under conservation by a New York State Agency.



On the surface it may look like she understands the issues at hand but what's most ironic about here statements is that her group on Facebook has been one of the main reasons why badly needed Canal Maintenance HAS NOT BEEN GETTING DONE! Their denial of the truth about unsafe canal embankments, became a lie believed by many folks in communities of Perinton, Fairport and Brockport.

There are still 100 miles of unsafe Earthen Embankments that need to be cleared to make Erie Canal Neighbors, and their communities, safe.

There are 27 miles of cleared, safer embankments, that still need to have a Restoration Barrier planted, work that is better done with the canal & trail system closed.

There are many issues with Canal Locks needing repairs and Spillway Cement dams along the trail embankment that are falling apart desperately needing rehabilitation work.


But Ms. Agte and her group don't seem to view themselves as part of the "problem". After all, their desired solution is to do NO MAINTENANCE to embankments and simply say that nothing is wrong with the canal, it's not a danger, and there is no need for this work or to close early. That line of thought only increases the likelihood of an embankment failure, think of never changing your oil in the car.. the engine eventually goes.

So that we are clear, the NYS Canal Corporation and it's Leaders hves already tried to correct Ms. Agte and her Facebook group... several times in fact. Here's the latest effort, using the medium that Ms. Agte and her group love best...Facebook





With all the public has seen with Facebook these days, it's desire to not standup to fake news and half-baked truth, it's no wonder that these folks are allowed to fight against public safety, putting your family and mine at risk. But to openly complain about the NYS Canal Corporation's need to do Maintenance that was stopped by a group you created to subvert the repair efforts, well it's amazing that ANYONE would still follow this group or it's fractured founder.

When will Fairport residents & community members police one of their biggest problems in their town?

That would be the misinformation campaign of a Facebook group that wants to keep their community in danger, by their own lack to fully comprehend, what the REAL issues are along an unsafe Erie Canal System right in their own backyard.

It is not about shade, as some on Facebook would tell you, it's always been about safety, embankment dam safety... 125 miles of them.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2020, 06:28:34 pm by Doug K »

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And before everyone says that this may be a reach to blame the Facebook Stop the Canal Clear-cut group for the fate of the Colonial Belle let's remember there is a big "WHAT IF" that is in play here...

Just think for a moment about this...


What if Perinton & Fairport had heeded the message about Embankment Maintenance and Management they were given on December 9, 2018?

The New York Canal Corporation came to this community and showed them the information and also talked about safety of the community, the timeline for work, and the reasons behind this embankment maintenance work. They also told them they wanted to PREVENT the issue of embankment related closures.. like this.





It was directed right at Fairport & Perinton, one of the areas that was a High Hazard Embankment Dam looming over several neighborhoods and an elementary school.





And it was all about safety then, just like it still is today... and still Perinton/Fairport residents support a Facebook group that is fighting against fixing canal issues and getting proper embankment maintenance done.





And now this same Facebook group wants to point their fingers at others when the BLAME for EARLY MAINTENANCE rests squarely on their shoulders?

If Fairport embankments were cleared when they should have been just MAYBE none of what's happening today would be so... and just maybe the Colonial Belle could get that extra weekend peeping leaves.

Have to wonder...