Monday, March 19, 2012

SCLOC Political Action Committee Minutes

Monday, March 12, 2012 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Jeff Heller at the St. Joseph’s Church hall, Campbell, NY. Present: Jeff and Kathy Heller, Ken and LaVera Knowles, Dana Knowles, John Bloise, David and Karen Ballard, Leo and Linda Knowles, Neil Vitale, Gordon Foster, Ellen Zver, Rita Petras, Elaine Swiler, Ed Heagle, Bill Lock, Peter Olausson, Fran and Jim Rising, and Tim Olszowy. Jeff said he has scheduled two times for tour of the Corning Natural Gas compressor plant: March 21, 2 p.m. and March 22, 5 or 5:30 p.m. He asked who wanted to attend which tour. Those touring will meet at the CNG headquarters building in Corning and travel to the compressor from there. He was not sure the length of time the tours would be. He will let people know details as it approaches. People that stayed for the Campbell Town Board meeting vote on the 24 month moratorium of man-camps, rv parks, etc. arrived at 7:08 p.m. The Campbell board approved that moratorium 4-1. Some discussion showed our group was unanimous that this is not a good step. Gordon introduced Barry Rogers, LFG Technologies. Mr. Rogers built the Steuben County landfill generator. He gave a detailed background of his company. LFG takes landfill gas and uses it to generate electricity to sell electricity to the grid. He was asked if we have drilled wells and available gas, can we do a generator and make it work as a cooperative among landowners. Mr. Rogers said money (as this is very costly) and NYS were major problems for individuals to do this. Jeff went to Dansville and Freemont Board meetings. He was well met at the Dansville meeting. Clean Energy Now. Mr. Simontelli will be sending a resolution for Town Boards who are definitely pro-drilling to sign. Jeff talked of The Leader newspaper. Neil spoke of the JLC meetings. Jennifer Huntington, is standing up to her town. Donations for this appeal can be sent to NBT Bank, 2 Commons Drive, Cooperstown, NY 13326 – make check payable to Middlefield Fund for Landowner Rights. JLC is also holding a fundraiser. Windsor’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, April 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Windsor Central High School, Rte. 79, Windsor, NY. Doorprize tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00. The JLC clambake will be held again this year and is scheduled for June 15th. JLC is hosting a Job Fair at the Broome Community College, April 11th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. This is free to all. Workers from throughout NY and PA are encouraged to attend. Contact Steve Herz ( ) if you would like information on setting up a booth. Neil said Scott Kurkowski attended the NAPE convention and hears much talk of Utica Shale in NYS. Bill Locke reviewed what JLC has done. Bob Williams has put together a slide presentation on the local impacts from natural gas. The goal is to educate individuals, businesses and community leaders. They are putting together a training manual on how to put on this presentation. Part 1 is a general introduction and Part 2 is financial benefits. Bill will be going thru the training. Bill said this presentation would be good for Rotary and Lyons Clubs, Town and school boards, etc. It is best to go to a closed meeting, rather than as a speaker. Two people are needed for the presentation: 1 to give it and 1 to field questions. The presentation lasts about 40 minutes with question and answers. JLC is still working on this presentation and will come to our area for training. Kenny said we need help from anyone. Don’t be afraid to get people to help us and invite those to our meetings. Jeff read the letter that had been sent out to all Towns in Steuben County as a result of the Town of Wayne moratorium. This letter is posted on the SCLOC website. Next meeting will be Monday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. at the CNGBF Room. Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. with a motion from Leo and second from Rita. Respectfully Submitted, Linda J. Knowles Secretary

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