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July 25, 2013

Public hearing set to discuss slope stabilization project

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing 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 at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25 in the Cooperstown Middle/High School auditorium. The school is located at 39 Linden Ave. 

According to a media release, the slope stabilization project is in the preliminary design phase, during which alternatives have been developed to address identified deficiencies. The release said the meeting format will consist of both 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

Engineering and right-of-way aspects of the project are expected to be covered in the formal presentation. The release states that all interested persons will be given the opportunity to express their views concerning the economic and social effects of the project, its impacts on the environment and its consistency with the goals and objectives established by the community. 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 may do so only on the basis of issues, facts and objections raised at the hearing.

A design report containing maps, drawings and other pertinent information developed by the state, and written views received as a result of the coordination with federal, state and local agencies is available for public inspection and copying at the Office of the Regional Director, New York State Department of Transportation, Binghamton State Office Building at 44 Hawley St. in Binghamton.

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