Herkimer in the News 10/7

Local News in Herkimer 10/7/2016!

For those of you that checked out our last blog post in regards to the proposed sign ordinance but couldn’t attend the public meeting we have some new information posted. Here is what happened as reported from Samantha Madison:

A public hearing that was supposed to take place before the regularly scheduled meeting of the board was removed from the agenda, as well.

There are a lot of confusions about the law as a whole, said village attorney Nicholas Macri.

“If we’re going to have one in place to enforce, we should make it so the public can read it and understand it without confusion,” he said. “When we read it and are confused, how can the public read it and not be?”

The law was called into question when the Observer-Dispatch wrote a story about village officials not enforcing its non-commercial temporary sign ordinance, which says that signs can be no bigger than 5 or 6 square feet, depending on which version is being used.

District Attorney candidate Michael Daley has signs in the village that technically do not adhere to the current law, but officials have decided not to enforce that law until it makes a decision on how to proceed……read the full article

Help for Farmers

We tweeted earlier in the week that there would be help for farmers in Herkimer and Lewis Counties this year due to drought conditions. We had an extremely dry summer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared some of the counties in Upstate NY natural disaster areas. Here is the information from the Associated Press:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer, and St. Lawrence counties in northern New York were added due to crop losses. The disaster declaration allows farmers to apply for emergency loans and other assistance.

By August, the federal government had declared 15 New York counties as primary natural disaster areas and an additional nine counties as contiguous disaster counties.

The governor says 51 of the state’s 62 counties have been severely impacted by the dry conditions that have persisted since the summer…..learn more

Fall Foliage

Finally, for those looking for something to do this weekend to embrace the fall spirit on Columbus Day weekend….There have been reports of massive leave color changes with these cool nights as of late.

Here is the updated fall foliage map with some information on local areas courtesy of CNY Weather.com:

In Central New York, look for 45-55 percent change in Chenango County, according to spotters in Norwich. Foliage should be at midpoint with muted touches of yellow, red and orange. In Herkimer County, spotters in Mohawk expect midpoint conditions and 50 percent color change with average to bright leaves of red, orange and gold. In Madison County, leaf peepers are expecting 50 percent or more color change and near peak conditions with bright orange, yellow and red leaves predominating, particularly along scenic Rt. 20 in Cazenovia check out the map!

Have a great Columbus Day weekend to all!

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