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July 20, 2013

Public hearing set to discuss eminent domain

A public hearing on Thursday will include information about the possibility of land in the town of Otsego being taken through eminent domain for a highway embankment project. 

The state Department of Transportation will hold the hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Cooperstown Middle/High School auditorium to discuss a project to stabilize the highway embankment supporting state Route 80 in the town of Otsego.

The hearing is being held in accordance with the Eminent Domain Procedure Law. According to a media release, the project is in the preliminary design phase, during which alternatives have been developed to address identified deficiencies. The release said the meeting will include an open house and a formal presentation. NYSDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project with interested citizens and public officials in an informal setting from 6 to 7 p.m., with the presentation to follow. 

The proceedings will be recorded. People may make oral statements and/or file written statements. Written statements submitted at the hearing or mailed to the project manager no later than Friday, Aug. 9, will be made part of the record.

According to the release, some property may need to be taken to safely and successfully complete the project. Those who wish to officially oppose property takings will have the opportunity to do so based on issues raised at the hearing.

Design reports are available for review at the Village of Cooperstown offices at 22 Main St., the town of Otsego offices at 811 County Highway 26, the town of Springfield offices in the Springfield Community Center at 129 County Highway 29A, the Otsego County offices at 197 Main St. in Cooperstown and the Cooperstown Village Library at 22 Main St. 

Construction of this project is tentatively scheduled to begin in the winter of 2014. This schedule is subject to change pending completion of the project’s design phase and available capital program resources. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the spring of 2015. During construction, travel on the road may be limited to alternating one-way traffic.  

People who cannot attend the meeting and have questions or comments, or would like to discuss the project in further detail, should contact the project manager, Katy Mangan, by calling 721-8575 or emailing Kathryn.Mangan@dot.ny.gov. Comments may also be submitted to NYSDOT-Region 9, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY 13901.

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