K&J – Today – Tupper Lake’s Point of View

The Wild Center is host to the final public listening session hosted jointly by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conservation..   Tupper Lake Residents were joined by residents of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake as well as people from as far away as Pennsylvania who’ve expressed an interest in the success of Tupper Lake and Train Volunteers from Utica. The event began at 6pm Tuesday evening…

Steve Detwhiler is a resident of Lake Placid.. He brought up a point that was specific to the importance of not only having your local representatives involved in the discussion, but also working with their particular municipalities to explain how one choice or another could impact those communities.. let’s listen.. After our discussion with Steve, we asked officials at each agency about this and they suggested that there would be more weight put on reasoning. Explaining why a decision should be made could outweigh a resolution which simply says “Remove the Rails” or “Keep the Train”

During the open session, we spoke with a group of Volunteers from the Utica area who were in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting… Two agreed to be interviewed provided they could remain anonymous. Each shed some light on the differences between the northern section of the corridor and the southern section where they were both from and volunteered most of their time.

Advocates on both sides of the issue in attendance at the final public listening session held Tuesday Evening at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake… The DEC and the DOT Staff will accept comments until September 25th… In Early December, Officials hope to make a final recommendation to the Commissioners whether or not to Re-Open the Unit Management Plan for the Rail Corridor.. If the decision is to Re-Open the UMP, stakeholders will have another opportunity to argue their perspectives in a set of open public sessions similar to the ones in Old Forge, Ray Brook, Utica and Tupper Lake.

K&J – 091813 – Tupper Lake UMP Listening Session2

In this K&J Show we’re speaking with public officials, train volunteers, and the public, at the final public listening session held to consider opinions and decide whether or not the state’s rail corridor unit management plan should be re-opened for review. We’ll also speak with two volunteers who have a different perspective of the train; From the Southern end of the line..

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