Welcome to Aurora, New York

Village of Aurora - 456 Main St Aurora, NY 13026

Phone: 315-364-7293  Fax: 315-364-6857  Email: villageclerk@auroranewyork.us

PUBLIC NOTICE

Construction has begun in front of the post office, the west end of Cherry Ave, and on Lafayette St.  Please exercise caution while driving through the center of town.  We appreciate your patience.

News from the Aurora Historical Society

The society is hosting an open house in their new space located in the lower level of the Aurora Arts and Design Center, 371 Main St, (the old post office building) next to Vintage Lighting.  Access is via the back entrance.  Visitors are welcome on Saturday, October 1st  from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Watch for upcoming exhibits and regular public hours posted soon.

2015 AURORA WATER QUALITY REPORT

Aurora Comprehensive Plan

  Upcoming Meetings - Open to the public

Voice your opinion.  Items for the Board of Trustees meeting agenda should be submitted in writing to the village office seven days prior to the meeting.  Applications that require Community Preservation Panel/Planning Board review have to be in at least ten days prior for code/zoning consideration.  All meetings are held on Wednesdays at the Aurora Firehouse Meeting Room, 456 Main St., unless otherwise noted.  To view minutes from previous meetings, navigate to the Boards page.

1st Wednesday - Community Preservation Panel

2nd Wednesday - Zoning Board of Appeals (as needed)

3rd Wednesday - Board of Trustees

4th Wednesday - Planning Board

Board of Trustees Special Meeting on September 27, 2016 at 4:30pm

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Planning Board meeting on September 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

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September 28, 2016 agenda

LETTER FROM CAYUGA COUNTY LEGISLATURE CHAIR, KEITH BATMAN:

My first 2 and 1/2 years as your legislative representative, and recently as Chair of the County Legislature, have been busy and rewarding.  I am pleased that I could help a number of residents resolve County concerns, and I encourage anyone who has an issue in the future to let me know.  I cannot promise to resolve the issue, but I can promise to do all I can on your behalf.

The County's budget is a challenge, and I am working with other members of the Legislature to move toward a budget that is balanced and that continues to support the services which we all expect from the County as well as the services that we are mandated by the State to provide.  Most importantly, I want to support a budget that reflects your thoughts and needs. To get a better idea of your priorities as well as your concerns, complaints and kudos, I am holding a series of public hall meetings to discuss the budget, county services, issues of concern and any other topics you might wish to bring up. The sessions are as follows and you should feel free to attend any one (or more) that are convenient.

Aurora:   Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 PM

Scipio:   Thursday Oct 20 at 6 PM

Ledyard:  Saturday Oct 22 at 11 AM

Springport:  Tuesday Nov 1 at 1 PM

Union Springs:  Monday, Nov 21 at 11 AM

Thanks for your support and let me hear from you if you have any suggestions, concerns or questions

kbatman@cayugacouunty.us

294-8070

Keith

CAYUGA LAKE WATERSHED NETWORK INFORMATION

HYDRILLA ALERT

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Information on how to identify  the invasive Hydrilla weed is available in the village office.

Formal Announcement of Hydrilla Discovery in Aurora, NY (Wells College Bay)

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On September 13, 2016, the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom (with assistance from Wells College Campus Greens) headed out onto Cayuga Lake from the Wells College dock to conduct a series of aquatic plant survey samples off the shore of Aurora, NY. The group collected its first sample just a few hundred meters south of the dock, off the mouth of Little Creek.

As passengers aboard the Floating Classroom practiced identification of the collected plants, it became evident that some of the elodea in the sample exhibited the characteristics of Hydrilla – whorls of five leaves instead of three, and fine serrations visible along the edges of the leaves themselves. The Floating Classroom decided to bag the sample for storage and more thorough examination, and moved ahead with the preplanned sampling route along the shore to the north. No secondary samples were collected on September 13, 2016.

The specimen collected on 9/13/16 was later confirmed to be hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) by Bob Johnson (of Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists). These samples were collected from 3.4 meters of water at the location marked on the map above (42 deg. 44’ 32.5”N by 76 deg. 42’ 05.9” W). Several Hydrilla stems ranging from 5” to 8” (approx.) were separated from a moderately dense plant sample that included Elodea canadensis, Nitellopsis obtusa, Myriophyllum spicatum and Vallisneria americana.

Over the weekend of September 17th, Bob Johnson visited the Wells College bay in Aurora, NY. An additional sprig of hydrilla (approx. 5” in length) was found washed up along the shoreline.

Prior to this discovery, the only known population of hydrilla within the Cayuga Lake Watershed was at the southern end of Cayuga Lake (Ithaca, NY), where the ongoing Cayuga Lake Watershed Hydrilla Project (overseen by the HTF) has been underway since 2011 to address and eradicate the infestation.

Since this is a brand new discovery of hydrilla within the waters of Cayuga Lake, a full delineation of the infestation has yet to be made. As primary stakeholders focused on protecting the freshwater resources of the Finger Lakes region, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and Finger Lakes PRISM must be made aware of this newly discovered infestation. We must coordinate and work proactively to assess and delineate the extent of the infestation in the waters adjacent to Wells College and conduct further monitoring/sampling efforts in areas of northern Cayuga Lake.

Additional resources are needed on the water to determine if hydrilla has spread beyond the areas adjacent to Wells College. Since the first observation of hydrilla was made in Cayuga Inlet in 2011, the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom has been working to train volunteers around the lake to identify and report aquatic plant observations. The Floating Classroom hopes to continue its training efforts, and to assist with delineation of the newly discovered infestation.

In addition, we must coordinate to notify the community and spread awareness regarding this particular discovery, especially with regards to the threats that hydrilla poses to the environmental/economic viability of not just Cayuga Lake, but the entire Finger Lakes region and waters of New York State.

It is quite unfortunate that hydrilla has made its way into a new area of Cayuga Lake. While alarming, the fact that it was discovered is the first important step in developing a response. The HTF and its stakeholders are happy to coordinate and provide technical support and input. Let’s work together and pool our collective resources and expertise, and take the next steps in addressing this infestation!

Thank you.

Sincerely, James A. Balyszak Hydrilla Program Manager 170 Bostwick Road Ithaca, NY 14850 Office: 607-254-1715 Cell: 315-730-5373 Fax: 607-257-7896 Email: stophydrilla@gmail.com Visit: http://stophydrilla.org Like Stophydrilla.org on Facebook

UPCOMING ELECTRONIC COLLECTION EVENTS

Updated September 9, 2016

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NYSERDA AGRICULTURAL ENERGY AUDIT PROGRAM

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Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application

Emerald Ash Borer Information from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Town & Village Clerk EAB Letter

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NYS -DEC Self Xport for Firewood Cert rev July 2012-1

 

  Cayuga County Conservation District Information

Algae control information