APA ends first day of Tupper Lake resort meetings


APA staffers set up the Board room for this month's meeting to accommodate extra for the Executive Team. In addition to Martino and Counsel John Banta, who always sit at the Board table, the team includes Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs Rick Weber; Environmental Engineer Greg Bendell; Senior Natural Resources Planner Matt Kendall; and biologist Ed Snizek. The Executive Team will provide aid and advice to the APA Board during the three-month deliberation process.

The Executive Team is separate from the APA Hearing Staff, who had reviewed the project and filed recommendations after the fact-finding adjudicatory hearings. Those staffers were Environmental Program Specialist Colleen Parker; Soil and Water Engineering Specialist Shaun LaLonde; Dan Spada, supervisor for natural resource analysis; Associate Attorney Paul Van Cott; and Senior Attorney Mitch Goroski. Skip Outcalt and Mark Sengenberger, both now retired, had also helped.


There were several speakers Thursday morning during the APA Board meeting, including Ulrich, Martino, Banta and Weber, who described the project by use of a multimedia presentation.

Weber explained Phase 1 before Banta asked the Board to affirm the rulings of three appeals from Administrative Law Judge Daniel O'Connell so they could be entered into the record. The first appeal dealt with tax records relating to individuals associated with the project sponsor; the second with a broad preclusion of testimony by the applicant's witnesses relating to the discovery process; and the third with alleged statements under oath by a principal of one of the consultants. Board members unanimously approved the motion.

"We have a full and complete record," Ulrich said.

Weber then began describing Phase 2 of the resort project before the lunch break. After lunch, the Board prepared to listen to several hearing issues ordered by Judge O'Connell.

"OK, we've got the overview, the legal context, and now it's time for the issues," Ulrich said.

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