Environmental Council (TMEC)

Members


  • Peter Arsenault, A.I.A.
    Architect and planner
  • Susan H. Curran
    Science teacher, Syracuse City schools; former member Onondaga Lake Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Ray D’Hollander, P.E
    Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineer
  • Al Friedman, P.E., DEE, Doctor of Engineering
    Environmental engineer, SU Professor Emeritus, consultant on national and international environment projects
  • John Loosmann
    Retired FM teacher, created local environmental study and action projects for 30 years
  • William Patrick, M.D.
    Interested in preserving natural areas and aesthetically pleasing compatible development
  • Barbara Rivette
    Walked, flown over Town of Manlius for 40 years, member of local environment groups in Onondaga and Madison counties
  • Richard Sturley, P.E., Member Emeritus - On Call
    Expert on drainage, ground water, flood plain and all issues north of canal
Members are unpaid volunteers. Chairman and clerk receive modest stipends.

Overview


This council is the first cooperative effort (1973) among the Town of Manlius and its villages of Fayetteville, Manlius, and Minoa, that recognizes the fact that environmental issues transcend town and village boundary lines. Town of Manlius and its villages have been ahead of New York State in being aware of environmentally sensitive issues.

Support Services


TMEC provides a variety of support services to the town and its 3 villages including:
  • Maintaining a 30-year file of photographs, slides and documentation relating to local environmental issues and land use, including 3 complete flyovers of the town.
  • Reviewing proposals to identify environmental impacts and suggesting mitigating actions
  • Studying environmental protection practices to seek ideas for local projects
  • Tracking long-term environmental trends in water, air and land use quality throughout the Town of Manlius

Focus


TMEC has focused on:
  • Advocating drainage districts and zero increase in rate of runoff - now routing
  • Advocating detention basins - now routine
  • Developing strong control measures to prevent erosion by wind and water
  • Offering recommendations about light and sound abatement
  • Local Issues, including the overall combined impact of incremental environmental changes in:
    • Flood plain activity
    • Gravel Beds (Action Topsoil, Raimondo)
    • Land use
    • Quarries (Jamesville when operating and Kinsella today)

Location Identification


This group also identifies sensitive environmental locations. An extensive TMEC study was responsible for the state’s expansion of Green Lakes State Park to include drainage and land surrounding the old growth forest and Round Lake which are on the National Register of Natural Landmarks. The land was originally slated for residential housing (Signal Hill).

More Information


For more information, call 315-637-8815.