Final Public Meeting for Schoharie Creek Trail System Study

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Final Public Meeting for Schoharie Creek Trail System Study

On December 1, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,News,Trail Study News, With 2 Comments

Please come and share your input regarding the proposed trail sections developed as a part of the Schoharie Creek Trail Study! Click HERE to explore the proposed trailon Google Maps


Schoharie Creek Trail Study Public Meeting
Wednesday, December 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
326 Main Street, Middleburgh NY

Since the first Public Information meeting held at the end of May 2017, the Trail Study design team has been refining the trail system based on feedback received, developing cost estimates, and investigating environmental and constructability impacts for the approximately 38-mile Schoharie Creek Trail system, as well as investigating future grant funding opportunities.  During the summer of 2017, a Consolidated Funding Application for $400,000 was applied to for a trail linkage in the Town of Middleburgh which was identified in this study.

Join us on December 6, for a Second Public Meeting to examine the trail system before the final report and cost estimates are prepared. Following this meeting the Trail Feasibility Report will be finalized with the Department of State. Completion and filing of this report is an important process for securing addition grant funding.  In the report, trail segment construction will be prioritized.  The sections that are most likely to receive future funding based upon several factors, including cost, environmental, connections to the community, and right of way, will be prioritized for construction first. The final report will serve as a guide to aid in applying for future funding applications.
Please contact Jerrine Corallo for more information: or 518-702-5017.

2 Comments so far:

  1. Carl Savage says:

    I have a few questions regarding the trail that you would like to build. Some of it goes across my land I would like to talk to you about it. Thank You Carl Savage

  2. Resident of Town of Fulton says:

    I was curious as to how the proposed trail route going across agricultural land and a landowners ag assessment works?

    According to NYS Tax and Finance website regarding Ag Assessments:

    If farmland that has received an agricultural assessment is converted to a nonagricultural use (within five years of last receiving an agricultural assessment if located in an agricultural district and within eight years if located outside an agricultural district), a payment to recapture the taxes forgone for converting such land will be imposed.

    The assessors determines whether a conversion has occurred on the basis of the facts of each case. Conversion is defined as “an outward or affirmative act changing the use of agricultural land.” Non use of the property (for example, abandoning land or leaving it idle) disqualifies such land from receiving an agricultural assessment, but is not considered a conversion. Similarly, land converted to a nonagricultural use through oil and gas exploration, or extraction activity, or through eminent domain or through the purchase of land or the conveyance of a conservation easement to protect the New York City Watershed, or through other involuntary proceedings (except a tax sale) would be ineligible for an agricultural assessment but would not be subject to a payment for conversion.

    Payments for the conversion of agricultural land to a nonagricultural use are added to the taxes levied upon the land so converted. The property may be subject to a tax sale should such payment remain unpaid. Therefore, these payments generally become the responsibility of the owner of the land at the time of conversion.

    A payment for conversion will be equal to five times the taxes saved in the most recent year that the land received an agricultural assessment. In addition, interest of 6 percent per year compounded annually will be added to the payment amount for each year that the land received an agricultural assessment, not exceeding five years. When only a portion of a parcel is converted, the assessor apportions the assessment and the agricultural assessment and determines the tax savings attributable to the converted portion. The payment for conversion of the portion of the parcel is then computed.

    90 Day Notice – Whenever a conversion occurs, the landowner shall notify the assessor within 90 days. Failure to notify may result in a penalty of two times the payments owed to a maximum of $500.

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