Corning Natural Gas Rate Increase Public Hearing September 14th, 2016

Factsheet and Notice of Public Hearing

In June 2016, Corning Natural Gas Corporation (Corning) requested that the New York State Public Service Commission approve a proposed increase in its gas delivery rates.  Corning serves approximately 15,000 customers in Chemung, Cortland and Steuben counties in New York.  Upon receipt of the rate filing, Department of Public Service (DPS) Staff began an analysis of the Company’s request to evaluate whether – or to what extent – a rate increase is justified.  DPS represents the public interest in rate proceedings and evaluates such requests with the goal of ensuring safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates.  Review of the Corning filing is also underway by other parties to the proceeding. 
  
Public Statement Hearings and Information Sessions:

September 14, 2016
Location:   Southeast Steuben County Library  300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza  Corning, NY  14830
Times:  3:00 pm Information Session and 4:00 pm Public Statement Hearing
             6:00pm Information Session and 7:00pm Public Statement Hearing 

The Commission is seeking comment on the proposed increase to gas delivery rates.  An Administrative Law Judge will preside over the gathering of public comments and all evidence relating to the rate request.  The comments made at the hearings will become part of the formal record in these proceedings and will be presented to the Commission for consideration.  Under New York State Law, the Commission must consider a utility’s proposal and may adopt or reject it in whole or in part, or modify it by adopting changes proposed by participating parties, the general public or the Commission. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the public statement hearings and provide comments regarding the proposal.  The hearings will be preceded by an information session where a Corning representative will describe the Company’s filing and an Administrative Law Judge will explain the rate case process and how individuals can participate.  It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or present written material in order to speak at the hearings*.              
             
*Disabled persons requiring special accommodations should contact the DPS at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible.  Telecommunications Relay Service users may request a sign language interpreter by calling the New York Relay Service at 711.  Individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English are encouraged to call DPS at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance.  
Corning Natural Gas Corporation Proposed Rate Increase  Case 16-G-03691  
      
On May 26, 2016, Corning filed a three year plan for new gas delivery rates with the first rate year ending May 31, 2018, the second ending May 31, 2019 and the third ending May 31, 2020.  According to the filing, the Company’s proposal will enable Corning to provide safe and reliable gas service through continued modernization of its pipeline infrastructure and customer information technology systems.  Corning asserts that the rate request will also allow the Company to provide enhanced low income customer programs, continued area economic development and possible gas expansion initiatives.
    
Proposed Rates: A gas bill consists of two parts:  delivery rates and supply rates.  Through delivery rates, the utility recovers the cost to transport the gas to customers throughout the utility’s gas delivery system.  The delivery rate is regulated by the Commission.  Through the supply rate, the utility recovers the cost of the gas commodity.  The cost of the gas commodity is determined by the competitive market place and is not set by the Commission or the utility.  

Corning proposes to increase its annual revenues for gas delivery service by approximately $3.3 million for the first rate year.  The Company also proposes to restructure delivery rates so that some current surcharges will be eliminated and the same costs will be included in base rates, on a revenue-neutral basis.  In addition to the first year increase, the Company provided information supporting increases of approximately $1.2 million and $0.7 million in each of the two succeeding years.  The Company projects that the requested increase in delivery revenues would result in a total annual bill increase for an average residential heating customer of $98.60 the first year, $187.50 the second year and $186.50 the third year for a total increase over three years of approximately $473 (41.8% increase).   

Rate Case Components:
• System Modernizations:  Included in Corning’s proposal is funding to improve pipeline infrastructure and system integrity.  Corning proposes to continue replacing bare steel mains on its high and low pressure distribution systems.  Additionally, the proposal calls for replacing 400 bare and coated unprotected steel service lines and installing 100 new service lines in each of the rate years.  The Company also proposes to upgrade its cyber security measures. 

• Gas Expansion:  As part of the rate request, the Company will continue to seek opportunities to expand its service to new customers and new areas.    
Rate case documents may be viewed online at DPS’s www.dps.ny.gov website.  From the homepage, click on “Search,” and enter the case number (16-G-0369) in the “Search by Case Number” field.    

8/30/2016




Labor Day Weekend Office Hours

The Lindley Town Clerk Office is Closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday. 


The Lindley Town Court Office is Closed Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday.

Megan Thistle
8/29/2016



Court Office Hours Reminder

Town Court Clerk Office Hours Effective August 15th 2016

Effective August 15th 2016 the Court Office Hours will be as follows:

Court Clerk Office Hours:
Mondays: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Open to the Public 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Open to the Public 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. Open to the Public 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Open to the Public 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Court Sessions are as follows:
Tuesdays: Vehicle and Traffic Court - 5:00 pm
Third Tuesdays: ADA/APD Court -  6:00 pm

Hon. Tracy Wilson
8/9/2016
607-523-8388



Community Informational Meeting hosted by business interested in purchasing the Lindley-Presho School

NOTICE:
Confirmed on today's date, the party interested in purchasing the Lindley-Presho Elementary School extends an invitation to all interested Lindley community members to an informational meeting Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 pm at the Lindley-Presho Elementary School Pavilion.  This meeting is arranged and hosted by the owner of Manufacturing Automation Systems (MAS) of Corning NY. All interested community members are welcome to attend and ask questions.
Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk
8/23/2016










Brownfield Cleanup comments requested

Public Comment Invited on Brownfield Cleanup Program Amendment Application for Site on State Route 54, Bath

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) Amendment application from Yort, Inc. and Philips Electronics North America Corporation to transfer ownership, add an applicant and expand the boundaries of the Philips Lighting Company site, ID #C851044. This site is located in the Town of Bath, within the County of Steuben, and is located at 7265 State Route 54.
Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than September 16, 2016.
A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repository located at Dormann Library, 101 W Morris Street, Bath. Information regarding the site and how to submit comments can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to Greg MacLean, Project Manager, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation-Region 8, 6274 Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414-9516; greg.maclean@dec.ny.gov; or call 585-226-5356.
NOTE: General information about New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html

Local Rabies Clinics

Town of Caton Rabies Clinic
Caton Fire Hall
1118 Caton Rd, State Rte 225
Friday September 16th, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Animals must be confined
Bring proof of prior rabies vaccination
607-524-6303 for more information


Town of Hornby Rabies Clinic
Hornby Fire Hall
4838 Hornby Rd
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Animals must be confined
Bring proof of prior rabies vaccination
607-962-0683 for more information




Planning Board Subdivision Public Hearing and then Proposed Mixed-Use Zone review

NOTICE: The Lindley Planning Board will hold a public hearing on August 29th at 7:00 pm at the Lindley Town Hall to review a subdivision application received from Beverly Williamee for property located on Griswold Rd, Lindley NY, 14858, Tax Map# 389.00-01-023.110. Following this review, the Planning Board will continue to review the Proposed Mixed-Use Zone Amendment to the 2014 Local Law #2 Zoning Ordinance. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard.
Earl Titus, Planning Board Chair
607-523-8816
8/16/2016




L-P CAB Community Event September 11th 2016

Please click link for more information on next L-P CAB Community Event or go to Menu Item L-P CAB:

A Day of Remembrance, 2016




No Primary Election at Lindley Poll Site September 13th 2016


Please note there is no Primary Election at the Lindley Town Hall Poll Site September 13th, 2016. Thank you
8/15/2016
Board of Elections










Bridge Closure on North Branch Clendenning Rd.

NOTIFICATION OF CLOSING A
TOWN OR COUNTY BRIDGE
To the Town Clerk of the Town of Lindley
COUNTY OF STEUBEN
STATE OF NEW YORK
The bridge on North Clendenning Creek Road, between Reep Road and
Stewart Road, in the Town of Lindley, will be closed to all traffic
on or about August 15 for  approximately 12 weeks. The bridge, No.
20-9-2, BIN #2217400 will be replaced with a new bridge. There will
not be an onsite detour. Please use existing Town and County roads
as a detour.
Vincent Spagnoletti,
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS
DATED: August 5, 2016 




Town Court Clerk Office Hours Effective August 15th 2016

Effective August 15th 2016 the Court Office Hours will be as follows:

Court Clerk Office Hours:
Mondays: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Open to the Public 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Open to the Public 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. Open to the Public 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Open to the Public 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Court Sessions are as follows:
Tuesdays: Vehicle and Traffic Court - 5:00 pm
Third Tuesdays: ADA/APD Court -  6:00 pm

Hon. Tracy Wilson
8/9/2016
607-523-8388










August 10th and August 17th Meetings Cancelled

The Town Board August 10th and 17th regularly scheduled meetings have been cancelled due to vacations. The Audit/Old Business/Emergency Business Meeting has been rescheduled for August 31st at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Lindley Town Hall 637 County Rte 115 Lindley NY 14858. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Pat Clark
Lindley Town Supervisor
8/3/2016




Twin Tiers Drought Warning Issued


Twin Tiers Drought Warning Issued  by Governor Cuomo.
Voluntary water restrictions recommended in article.

8/4/2016









Hunting Sales and DMP's

2016-2017 Deer Management Permit Information

     2016-2017 hunting and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) will be available for purchase beginning Monday, August 1.  Sporting licenses and permits may be purchased at one of DEC's 1,300 license-issuing agents throughout the state (see http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/95448.html for agent locations). Licenses may also be purchased online at www.licensecenter.ny.gov or by calling the DEC Call Center at 866-933-2257. Call Center hours from August 1 through October 1 are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Regular call center weekday hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will resume on October 2.
     The New 2016-17 Hunting & Trapping Regulations guide is available online now at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html. Hard copies of the guides will also be available at all license issuing locations in early August.
       DMPs will be available at all license issuing agent locations and can also be obtained by phone to the DEC or online with the DEC through close of business October 1, 2016. DMPs are issued through a random selection process and customers will be provided with the result of their DMP selections immediately. The chances of obtaining a DMP remain the same throughout the application period - hunters do not need to rush to apply for a DMP on the first day of sale. For planning purposes, please review the 2016 chances of selection. Charts of the chances of selection for DMPs in each WMU are available on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30409.html, at license issuing agent locations, or through the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332.
     For additional information on 2016-17 hunting and trapping licenses and DMPs, please visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov
8/1/2016



Town Clerk Office Closed Thursday August 18th 2016

NOTICE: The Lindley Town Clerk Office is Closed Thursday August 18th 2016.  The Office will reopen Monday the 22nd at 9:00 am.
Thank you
Megan Thistle
Lindley Town Clerk
8/1/2016



Agenda Town Board Meeting August 3rd at 7:00 pm

Agenda August 3rd, 2016 
 
Town Board Meeting as scheduled due to cancelled 8/10/16 meeting.
 
1.  Call to order 
 
2.  Pledge

3.  Open letter to Town of Lindley and take any action as needed (Kevin Tyler).
 
4.  Attendance 
      P.Clark_ R. Mosher_ G.Simcoe_ R.Snyder_ M.Stocum_ 
 
5.  Reports  Town Clerk_ Supervisor_ CEO_ Highway_ Historian_ Justice_ DCO_ 
 
6.  Announcements 
 
7.  Minutes 
 
8.  Public Comments 
 
9.  Old Business 
         -Banking Signatures and Deputy Supervisor
         -If recommendation has returned from County on M/U zone, discuss as needed. Possible vote if motion occurs.
         -Clarification to minutes (Supervisor Pay).
         -Clean up account documentation.
         -Copier follow up.
 
11.  New Business 
         -ZBA Training reimbursement.
         -Tracy/office supply recommendation.
         -Recommendation to search for and possibly hire as needed a municipal CPA to work with IRS if audit is needed.
         -Reply to survey?
         -Motion to pay bills as they arrive in the month of August 2016.
 
12.  Review Bills for Payment 
 
13.  Adjourn