DEEP: Town of Vernon - Notice of Tentative Determination; Notice of Intent to Waive Public Hearing

Notice of Tentative Determination to Approve an Application  for Dam Safety Permit and Intent to Waive Public Hearing
Applicant(s): Town of Vernon
Application No: DS-201702588
City/Town: Vernon
Dam Name & DEEP ID No: Valley Falls Dam, #14612

The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) hereby gives notice that a tentative determination has been reached to approve the following application. The Commissioner also intends to waive the requirement for public hearing pursuant to Section 22a-403 of the Connecticut General Statutes provided that a hearing may be held if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby, or shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition as more thoroughly described below.
Application No.: DS-201702588
Applicant's Name and Address: Town of Vernon
55 West Main Street
Vernon, CT 06066
Contact Name/Phone/Email: Mr. David Smith/860-870-3663
Type of Permit: New Permit  
Dam Safety
Relevant statute(s)/Regulation: 22a-403
Project Description: Repair of an existing dam and spillway
Project Location: 300 Valley Falls Road Vernon CT
Water(s): Railroad Brook
The proposed activities include the following: Repair the earth embankment and stone masonry wall sections of the dam, repair the existing spillway, construct a new concrete spillway, install a new pedestrian bridge, construct a new fishing platform and modify the existing outlet structure.
The activities will affect Valley Falls Dam and Railroad Brook. The proposed work is scheduled for the Fall of 2017.
This application has been assigned No. DS-201702588; please use this number when corresponding with DEEP regarding this application. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the application from the applicant’s contact noted above. Contact Ann Kuzyk of the Dam Safety Section at (860) 424-3885 or with questions or to review the application and supporting documentation, which are available for inspection at DEEP, Water Planning & Management Division, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Before making a final decision on this application, the Commissioner shall consider written comments on the application from interested persons. Written comments on the application should be directed to Arthur P. Christian II, Water Planning & Management Division, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127, or may be submitted via electronic mail to: no later than thirty (30) days from the publication date of this notice.
Petitions shall be signed by at least twenty five persons and should include the application number noted above and also identify a contact person to receive notifications. Petitions may also identify a person who is authorized to engage in discussions regarding the application and, if resolution is reached, withdraw the petition. Original signed petitions may be scanned and sent electronically to or may be mailed or delivered to: DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. All petitions must be received within the comment period noted above. If submitted electronically, original signed petitions must also be mailed or delivered to the address above within ten days of electronic submittal. If a hearing is held, timely notice of such hearing will be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
/s/Denise Ruzicka
Denise Ruzicka
Water Planning & Management Division
Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse
Published in the Journal Inquirer on September 20, 2017
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