City backs Cortlandville opposing 2 major proposals

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Cortland City Council voted Tuesday (Feb. 16) to stand with the Town of Cortlandville against two major proposals that would affect both municipalities.

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David Jones, a resident of the Blue Creek Road neighborhood, spoke against construction of a large solar array just west of Ridgeview Avenue.

The work site would pose threats for land erosion and flooding into the nearby St. Mary’s Cemetery. The area has already experienced serious weather issues in the past.

“Not to mention — this would completely change the character of our longstanding neighborhood,” Jones said. “Most of us have lived, worked and raised our families here for several decades.”

Another objection supported by the city: A proposed expansion of a mine on Route 13 South in Cortlandville, located near a major aquifer that serves as a primary water source for much of the county.

Officials worry hazardous materials from construction could seep into the ground water and pose a danger for the affected communities.

Cortlandville sent a letter to the DEC against this project signed by the city.

That was also endorsed by the county legislature, as well as the health department and soil & water conservation district.

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