County board takes on a number of issues

— In voting on the two resolutions, Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell was the lone negative vote on the issue.

Otis SEQRA review

County attorney Dan Manning said that the county was set with a State Environmental Quality Review Act assessment of the Otis Bridge project.

Manning presented the findings of the review to the members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Feb. 6, saying that it covered all areas of environmental impact.

“We have taken a look at every impact that there could be with the river,” Manning said.

The project would replace the Otis Bridge with minimal need for construction equipment to enter into the river. Along with a new bridge, Otis Lane will be redirected with the old road being abandoned.

The board voted to accept the findings of the SEQRA study.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret “Maggie” Bartley, who lives on Otis Lane, abstained from voting on the matter.

Willsboro Mountain road issues

Willsboro Supervisor Edward Hatch said that he would just like the work completed that was promised in 2009.

Hatch moved a resolution at the Feb. 6 monthly board meeting of the Essex County Supervisors, imploring the state Department of Transportation to complete work that was part of a 2009 construction plan for the Willsboro Mountain portion of NYS Route 22.

“I just want to have a completion to the 2009 planned repairs to the road,” Hatch said. “It is a section of road that is vital to the towns of Willsboro and Chesterfield, it is a bike path and part of the Lakes to Locks Passage, and it is a patched-up mess.”

Board chair Randall “Randy” Douglas of Jay agreed with Hatch.

“It is a mess, and we have met with DOT officials and every time that we do, that is a top concern each time we go down there.”

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