Lansing City Council is considering legal counsel for future proceedings at Bell Station | Lansing

Although Lansing Township’s motion to cancel NYSEG’s auction of the Bell Station property was met last month, the future of ownership of the property is still uncertain.

“NYSEG’s cancellation of the auction doesn’t make it clear whether they still want to sell,” city attorney Guy Krogh said at a city council meeting on September 29th. “Maybe they just took it off the market because it became controversial. Maybe they pulled on it to get things sorted and find a better way. Maybe they hire a council. Maybe they want to start talks with DEC and Land Trust. “

Krogh believes, therefore, that it would be beneficial for the council to seek external advice to ensure that the ownership transfer process is moving in a direction that is commensurate with the city’s ultimate goal for the property to establish it as a publicly accessible nature reserve.

“Since we don’t know what it means, and since there is a very good chance that the country will be brought back to market in some way, I still think it makes sense to understand your options, even if the possibility of one The actual section consists of 70 hearings have now either been removed or postponed for several months, ”said Krogh.

The council invited energy / utilities advisor Clement Nadeau to its meeting last Wednesday to discuss a possible recruitment of Nadeau to his services. (Nadeau was Senior Vice President of Operations at National Grid from 2001 to 2007.) Nadeau offered how the city can find a place at the table and ensure its voice is heard in negotiations between all parties involved (NYSEG, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Parks Department, Public Service Commission, Cayuga Power Plant, and Finger Lakes Land Trust).

“In my opinion, we can actually take the approach [being the] Host these negotiations or work with the county to host these negotiations, ”Nadeau said. “But the more we push it, I think that’s the best option for us. Ultimately, however, the outcome of these negotiations must be approved by the Civil Service Commission under Section 70. So after that there will be a procedure. My own opinion is that we really want to do everything in the negotiations and we want to advance our position from there. At the end of the day I think we just need to prioritize what the land is going to be used for, and that probably means taking parts of it and saying, ‘This piece, we want it to be’ X, ” and prioritize You use this.

Councilor Andra Benson asked how much, if any, work the city had to do to convince other stakeholders of the importance of protecting the country. Nadeau said this is most likely not needed.

“Many people’s interests won’t be that far removed from those of the city,” he said. “I don’t know how much NYSEG cares, I’ll be honest with you. At the end of the day, the customers are the ones who own this property. NYSEG bought this property and customers paid for it. The property has now been fully written off and is back in the ownership of the customer. … I’m not sure if NYSEG has a lot of self-interest in it, but they do have a self-interest in the PSC process because that is where it is decided whether to lose money or win money. “

Ultimately, the council agreed to hire Nadeau for his services and compensate him up to $ 7,500.

moratorium

However, the council, which was on its agenda to continue discussing a possible moratorium in the rural agricultural district, ended the meeting before it had a chance, Ed LaVigne, abruptly without the typical vote for adjournment on the grounds that the Council to discuss the matter at a meeting on October 20th.

“We have a public hearing on this. Then we can discuss it, ”said LaVigne. “We’ve already set it up, so the meeting is over.”

Councilor Bronwyn Losey said the council needed to outline the details of the moratorium, but LaVigne repeated his point as he left the room.

“We already have this public hearing so we can speak about it at the public hearing,” said LaVigne. “We have already scheduled the public hearing, so we are fine with that.”

The council has since scheduled another special meeting for October 6th at 6.30 p.m. to discuss the moratorium and the adjourned meeting process.

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