Aileen McNabb-Coleman

Aileen McNabb-Coleman

The Cayuga County Legislature Ways and Means Committee will hold its meeting at the county's Soil and Water Conservation District building next week instead of the county office building.

In addition to the scheduled agenda items, Committee Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman said she expects some presentations and information to be shared from the district, the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program, the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority, the Cayuga County Farm Bureau and others, mostly regarding flooding issues and harmful algal blooms.

"This month, anticipating the continued environmental struggles facing this county, including flooding and HABs, I felt it was timely to hold it in the singular building where so many of the environmental and water issues are at the forefront of the employees working within the Soil and Water," she wrote in an email to The Citizen. "Overall, the intention is to raise awareness of the building's inhabitants as well as their individual roles in the county."

Harmful algal blooms have caused several closures of the county's public bathing beaches over the last few weeks. Flooding has also wreaked havoc from northern to southern Cayuga County. Fair Haven is awaiting a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration, and southern Cayuga County is facing public infrastructure damage totaling nearly $4 million. 

The committee meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District building, 7413 County House Road, Sennett. 

Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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