FROM: Seneca Lake Byway, Inc.
Scenic Byway forms not-for-profit & Public Informational
Meeting Scheduled Town of Hector Seneca Lake
Byway, Inc. was formed recently as the not-for-profit
entity to speed up the nomination process in getting
eighteen (18) miles of Route 414 in Schuyler and Seneca
counties designated as a scenic byway in New York State.
Barry ONeill, of Lodi, was named chairman of the
6 member board. Directors include: Steven Getman, of
Interlaken, Bruce Adams, Victoria Kelly, George Kellogg
and Chris Kimball-Peterson, all of the Town of Hector.
The group hopes to get the route, which runs from the
Town of Hector line through the village of Lodi in Seneca
County, designated as a scenic byway in order to: 1)
Protect the economic and aesthetic interests of the
residents of both towns; 2) Enhance business enterprise,
e.g. agriculture, winery, Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants
and recreation; 3) Improve the safety of roadway/byway
access for autos, bicycles and walkers; and 4) Provide
incentive for more timely highway maintenance, as well
as State and Federal grants.
The process, which includes a nomination to be sent
to the NYS Scenic Byway Advisory Committee, has been
in the works for 5 years. The proposed Byway was first
mentioned in the Schuyler Comprehensive Plan as a recommendation
to increase the economic development of Schuyler County.
The West Hector Community Association then formed a
Byway committee to oversee the proposal and nomination.
As the nomination was underway, a recommendation by
the Department of Transportation and the State Scenic
Byway Advisory Committee included the formation of a
not-for-profit entity to be the project sponsor and
to implement the Corridor Management Plan as required
through the nomination process.
Purpose of the
Protect the economic
and aesthetic interests of the residents of both Hector
& Lodi; support and maintain the Scenic Byway.
All residents of Hector and Lodi and property owners
are welcome to join. Anyone can attend our public
Members of SLBI met with Assemblyman Friend at his office in Big Flats to go over the scenic byway package and provide support for the upcoming spring 2012 legislature meetings for final Senate Bill approval.
We have heard from the DOT representative Mark Woods, that they are ready for us to make our final nomination package presentation to them. Tentative for November 9, 2010
We have heard from the DOT representative Mark Woods, that they are finishing up their review and will send us their notes and full packet back to us within a couple of weeks.
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The Town Board of Hector held a public informational meeting on
Monday, April 16th, 2009 from 7-9pm at the Valois-Hector-Logan
on Route 414
purpose for this meeting was to present an overview on
the scenic byway, solicit public input, and discuss passing a resolution in support of the Scenic Byway.
The resolution was passed and the nomination package was sent to NYSDOT. We are awaiting their review and response.
the Seneca Lake Byway has periodic meetings at the Finger
Lakes National Forest Headquarters on Route 414.
meetings are open to the public.
Board of Directors
Victoria B. Kelly
Director & Secretary