Residents ask Granby board to help stop mine expansion

By Ryan Franklin

Residents from county Route 85 asked Granby’s town board for help protesting a proposed expansion of the gravel mine and assistance paying for well testing during Wednesday’s meeting.

Lynn Lyons and Christine Bassett of county Route 85 told the town board a letter they had previously asked the board the send to the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the mine’s expansion did not accurately address their concerns, specifically about what is happening and could happen to their water wells.

“There’s been nothing done to address what will happen downstream, to all of us,” Bassett said.

Lyons and Bassett asked the town to more adamantly protest the mine’s expansion rather than just reiterate to the DEC that the requirements of the permit must be met.

“We would like for them to back us to the DEC,” Lyons said. “We shouldn’t be having to do this.”

Town supervisor Ed Williamson told the pair that there was little the town could do since the permit had already been granted and the DEC was given lead agency status such a long time ago, before the current board administration.

“The DEC has a contract. You’re fighting with the state of New York. It’s a very difficult thing to fight a contract,” Williamson said after the meeting.

Williamson said that he had spoken to the DEC on several occasions about the wells and made sure that they knew the town wanted them to pay restitutions if anything happened to the wells.

“I have addressed the fact that we did not want any wells, and that if it did happen, they’d have to take care of it,” Williamson said.

Lyons and Bassett said that their wells and those of many others on county Route 85 have already been affected by the mine moving below the water table, and the proposed 14-acre expansion would only make things worse.

“Our wells are showing great distress. Our filters are black every two weeks,” Bassett said. “We’ve been there 35 years and haven’t seen anything like this.”

The pair asked that the town pay to have the wells of residents throughout county Route 85 tested, in addition to their request that the town further oppose the expansion.

Williamson said that county legislator Morris Sorbello had told him the county was looking into finding a grant to pay for testing, but was unsure if Granby could pay for any potential difference.

“That would be up to the county. The county does the testing of all wells, both dug and drilled, when they’re requested. We don’t have it in our budget,” Williamson said.

Williamson said he is constantly talking to county and DEC officials and will continue to ask them to address the most recent concerns of residents along county Route 85.


Council holding public hearing on food truck issue

By Colin Hogan

After hearing complaints from local business owners last fall, the Fulton Common Council will hold a public hearing on Feb. 24 on modifications to the city’s food truck vendor permit stipulations.

The issue arose in October after business owners along state Route 3 on the west side of the river called it “unfair” that they pay what they call some of “the highest taxes in the state,” while thriving food truck vendors set up in Bullhead Point pay a smaller once-yearly fee to the city.

“With lower cost structures for those businesses, they can charge less and they’re going to have more customers,” Lakeview Lanes owner Mike Tryniski told the council in October. “It doesn’t seem like a fair balance between the businesses and the vendors.”

Following a special meeting Wednesday, in which the public hearing was scheduled, Common Council President Larry Macner said the council agrees that raising vendors’ fees and other permit modifications are in order, but that would be the extent of how the council intervenes in the affairs of these businesses.

“It comes down to competition and free enterprise — who’s got the best product at the best price,” Macner said.

During earlier deliberations on the subject, Councilor Jim Myers, who chairs the Codes Committee, noted that if the fees were to be assessed in the same way as property taxes, the city would be collecting even less from its food truck vendors than it already does.

“The average price (of a food truck on eBay) is like $10,000. If that was considered real property, and they had to pay taxes at our tax rates, they’d be paying $196.62 instead of $750,” Myers said.

Macner said Wednesday that fees would be rising from $750 per year to $1,000.

“The biggest change here will the fee increase, because there hadn’t been one in several years,” he said.

When discussing the matter last fall, Crystal English – owner of the Shannon’s Hot Dogs food truck, which has been regularly parked at Bullhead Point for 30 years – said she would be willing to see that figure increase “a reasonable amount,” such as $300 or so, but felt it would be unfair for a business like hers to be held up to the same taxing standard as a property-based business.

“We’re mobile. We’re on wheels. At the end of the day, we pack up and leave. There’s no comparison to be made there,” she said.

Currently the city has permits issued to three vendors at Bullhead Point, two at Indian Point and one downtown.

The public hearing will take place at the start of the Common Council’s Feb. 24 meeting at 7 p.m.

Jeremiah M. Jones

Jeremiah M. Jones, 2; of Oswego died Sunday, Feb. 8, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. Jeremiah was always very playful and loved the outside. He enjoyed riding his bike and he was a great little brother. Jeremiah is survived by his mother Amanda Jones; siblings Jazmine, Kiara and Jaden; maternal grandfather Adam Babcock; paternal grandmother Marcherie William Smith; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Marchane Green in 2014; maternal grandmother Kathryn Martin; and maternal great-grandmother Patricia Jones.  Committal service with burial was be held Friday at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. S., Oswego has care of the arrangements.


Bernice E. “Bunny” Ordway

Ordway OBBernice E. “Bunny” Ordway, 77, of Fulton passed away Monday, Feb. 9, at Oswego Hospital.  She was born in Massachusetts and had lived in the Fulton area for more than 50 years. Bunny had worked for more than 30 years at Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton. She was a wonderful woman and cherished her family.  She was predeceased by husband, Ronald; daughter, Donna J. Barnes; and sisters, Joyce Huntress, Phyllis Fanning and Ruth Greco. Bunny’s memory will be cherished forever by her children, Leann (John) Schadt, Ronald L. Ordway II and Patrick (Claudia) Ordway; son-in-law, James K. Barnes; siblings, Shirley Jones, Eleanor Childs and Henry Craig; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours were Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.


George Horace Stone, Jr.

Stone OBGeorge H. Stone, Jr., 74, of Fulton, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Upstate University Hospital after an extended illness. He was born on May 20, 1940 in Boylston, a son to the late George and Nellie Dennie Stone, Sr. George retired from Huhtamaki after 45 years. He was a hardworking, independent, do it yourself individual who was a loving and devoted family man. Along with his parents he was predeceased by three siblings, Francis Stone, Bill Stone and Myrtle Smith and granddaughter, Stella Stone.

George will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 37 years, Dawn Stone; five children, Virginia (Kevin Leonard) Stone of Auburn, Patricia (Randy) Platt of Oswego, Steven (Andrea) Stone of Phoenix, Timothy (Trisha) Stone of Hannibal and Tammie (Charles) Carroll of Fulton; 13 grandchildren, Tonia, Saun, Andy, Danny, Jamie, Zoey, Sam, Ceceila, Kyle, Hailey, Bryce, Ryan and Mya; eight great-grandchildren; beloved dog, Roxi as well as several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Spring burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego.


Paul H. Hicks

Hicks OBPaul H. Hicks, 64, of Sterling, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Fulton, a son to the late William Hicks and Ida Stevens and lived all his life in Sterling. Paul graduated from Red Creek Central High School in 1969 and was a boilermaker with the Boilermakers Local #175, Oswego for 30 years, retiring in 2006.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kathleen Hicks; three children, Renee (Steve) Griffin of Sterling, Erin (Michael) Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., and Paul (Jamie) Hicks, Jr. of Red Creek; three sisters, Lucy Arseneau of Webster, Mary (Steve) Zonneville of Williamson and Susan Wollek of Rochester; six brothers, Joe Hicks of Sterling, Michael Hicks of Martville, Patrick Hicks of Hannibal, Tom (Dawn) Hicks of Chaumont Bay, N.Y., Mark (Becky) Hicks of Sterling and Dan Hicks of Sterling; eight grandchildren, Kate, Beau, Margaret, Emma, Brett, Hunter, Ryan and Hayden as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal, 13074.


Carol Louise Cole

Carol Louise Cole, 95, of Granby, (Fulton), passed away at home on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Born in Phoenix, N.Y., to her late parents, Leal M. (Henley) and George A. Archambo on December 25, 1919, she was a graduate of Phoenix High School and continued her education in the field of cosmetology.

Cole OBCarol was a licensed beautician, and self-employed owner of Carol’s Beauty Shop. She was a lady of faith, belonging to Fulton Alliance Church. Carol served as a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher, Bible study group member and participated in the Vacation Bible School program, summers.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Daniel  C. Cole, Jr. on March 16, 2011; her granddaughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Thompson, died December 4, 2013.

Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Louise Sivers of Fulton; a grandson, William (Ronica) Sivers; Cindy’s husband David Thompson; four great-grandchildren, Will (Kristina) Sivers, Kyle Stapleton, Melinda Stapleton, and Cody Sivers; a sister Frances Currier; a brother-in-law, Leo Borte; several nieces, nephews.

Memorial services will be on Saturday Feb. 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 state Route 48, Fulton, NY 13069, with the Rev. J. Spurling officiating.

Per Carol’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Spring burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, 9250 Fenner Rd., town of Lysander, N.Y.

Contributions in Carol’s memory should be made to Fulton Alliance Church.


Margaret A. Lambert

Lambert OBMargaret A. Lambert, 90, of Granby, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, at Loretto. She was born in Split Rock, N. Y., a daughter to the late James and Margaret McNally, and lived most of her life in Granby. Margaret was a devoted mother and homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Lambert; sons, Robert B. Lambert and Patric L. Lambert and by a son-in-law, Peter Loughlin. Margaret is survived by her children, Diane Loughlin, Cliff (Darlene) Lambert, Gloria Lambert and Paul (Kelly) Lambert; she is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Margaret’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to their mother’s special caregiver and friend, Steve Prince. Funeral services are private. Burial will be in the spring at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home, has care of arrangements.


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