Changes To Parking Fees In Canton

If you park your vehicle illegally in the village of Canton you’ll be paying more. Karen Johnson has more information.

The village board adopted a new parking fines protocol this week that will increase the fine for violators from $10 to $25 on certain offenses.In October, village leaders were approached by Canton Police Chief James Santimaw who saw the need to increase the fines to help curb illegal parking problems.”It’s a public safety issue. There’s been a lot of complaints from the handicapped, and kids are forced into the street because they have to walk around cars,” says Santimaw. He says the biggest problems involve parking in front of driveways, on front lawns, too close to intersections and across sidewalks. The new $25 violations include front lawn parking, diagonal parking, double parking, obstructing a driveway, crosswalk, sidewalk or traffic, parking within a prohibited zone, parking on village streets or in municipal parking lots between 2 and 6 a.m., and parking between the curb and the sidewalk. I’m Karen Johnson

Requiring Microchips In The State Of New York

Does your pet have a microchip? Soon it’ll be necessary. Karen Johnson explains.

Beginning in March statewide legislation is going into effect requiring all animal shelters and rescues in New York to check animals in their care for microchips. The chips are meant to keep track of animals and link them to their owners if they get lost. Todd Cummings, with Jefferson County Dog Control, says the county has been doing that for 15 years. But adds the effectiveness of microchips ranges from animal to animal. Cummings says they’re as good as the people register the animals and keep the data up to date so the dog can get returned back to the owners. The Jefferson County SPCA also checks for microchips and also makes sure all animals it adopts out have a chip before they leave the shelter. I’m Karen Johnson.

Rebuilding The Iconic Sportsmen’s Cabin

Rebuilding the iconic Sportsmen’s Cabin…. after a devastating fire. Karen Johnson has details.

At the St. Regis Falls Town Board meeting on Monday, Supervisor Chad Rivers discussed the insurance amounts the town of Waverly is due to receive to rebuild the “Sportsmen’s Cabin” in the town campground. The town originally estimated it would receive roughly $142,000 toward a replacement structure. The town also filed for compensation of revenue loss, destruction of campers’ property, and the cost of demolishing the fire-gutted property. Rivers told members of the Town Board that the total amount of the claim had exceeded a $150,000 limit, putting the claim under additional review while the insurance carrier evaluates it.While the company reviews the rest of the insurance claim, Rivers suggested to the Town Board that they should begin discussing what the replacement cabin would be and what would be needed for the design phase. The original Sportsmen’s Cabin, built in the 1970s, was destroyed in a fire last June. The couple staying in the cabin at the time managed to escape in time thanks to the cabin’s smoke alarms, though several personal items were destroyed in the fire. I’m Karen Johnson.

North Country Congressional Contender Fights For Jobs

A North Country contender for Congress shares her platform. Karen Johnson has details.

Tanya Boone is one of eight Democratic contenders for New York’s 21st District seat and one of the latest entries into a full race, bringing small business know-how and a desire to work for working families. Boone, a Granville resident, says she joined the race because she saw working families getting a raw deal for the past 40 years, saying it is more difficult to work hard and earn a middle class wage today than it was for her grandparents. Boone says the biggest need she sees in the North Country is for more good jobs. A former union organizer who worked across the nation in Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, Boone said she is accustomed to listening to people who need a representative, developing plans to organize their requests and fighting for them in negotiations. And, Boone believes the best way to improve the lives, careers and finances of North Country residents is to spend state and federal dollars, funded through taxes, on things like road improvements, skilled labor programs and alternative energy systems. I’m Karen Johnson

Salmon River Overflows And Causes Evacuations

Weekend evacuations caused by flooding of the Salmon River. Karen Johnson has an update.

24 families evacuated and a state of emergency declaration in the hamlet of Fort Covington Saturday resulted when the Salmon River began reaching flooding levels. Residents began evacuating early Saturday morning when ice jams in the river led water to spill over the banks in the vicinity of the Center Street bridge and flood nearby homes, according to a press release from Franklin County Emergency Services. The flooding primarily affected Fort Covington’s Salmon Street, which was reopened as of Sunday afternoon. Alongwith Ft. Covington’s fire department several county and state agencies also responded, including state police, Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation. A Sunday press release from Franklin County Emergency Services noted that the state of emergency declaration for Fort Covington is scheduled to expire on Wednesday, though it is expected to be extended due to current weather conditions, including the continued presence of an ice jam in the area of the Center Street bridge. As a result of the flooding, 37 people were evacuated from 24 residences. One family was relocated to a local motel by the American Red Cross. I’m Karen Johnson.

Town, county officials closely watching the Salmon River

The annual flood watch is on for the Salmon River in Malone. Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost says they have found ice jams in the river and water levels have risen. There are worries that with this weekend’s weather, flooding could occur. Lower Park Street in the town of Malone floods just about every winter, and last year the village’s wastewater treatment plant was threatened. They’ve already got Jersey barriers up around the plant to keep the water away, should it rise.

Free Radon Kits Are Available In Jefferson County

Free radon kits are available in Jefferson County. Karen Johnson has details.

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Jefferson County Public Health is giving out the no-cost radon testing kits after high levels have been detected in the county. It’s all in an effort to prevent the health risks from radon gas that can seep into homes from the ground. Radon can cause lung cancer, and because January is National Radon Action Month, Jefferson County Public Health is handing out the kits. Faith Lustik public health planner says It can go into your house in the smallest crack, and sometimes in drains, it can also be in your water. All they do is simply peel off the label, you set it about over 20 inches off the ground in your lowest livable level of your home. And then you leave it there anywhere from two to eight days and then mail it back in. She says one in four homes in Jefferson County will test positive for radon gas. Kits can be picked up at the public health clinic on Meade Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I’m Karen Johnson

Water Quality And Renewable Energy Are Hot Topics

Water quality and renewable energy are hot topics in the state for the new year. Karen Johnson takes a look.

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The New York League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates of New York, which push for green initiatives at a state-wide level, are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for more money to support water and air quality, along with infrastructure that would support other environmental efforts. Both groups cite a lack of action at the federal level, New York state and local governments. Both groups call for continued action on topics such as climate change, land conservation and the need for clean water and air initiatives, but each organization also calls for more specific efforts to be undertaken. NYLCV cites four main objectives, including a fee on single-use plastic bags, like those from take-out restaurants and grocery stores, saying that the bags “are expensive to dispose of, harmful to marine and animal life, and a large contributor to litter.” EANY is also calling for action on plastic bags, noting that New Yorkers use 23 billion bags each year. I’m Karen Johnson

Discussion Surrounding Increased Education Funding for New York

Funding for a segment of education in New York should be increased according to some. Karen Johnson has a report.

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A new report is criticizing the state of New York for the slow pace of expansion in pre-kindergarten programs. The analysis released this week by the left-leaning Alliance for Quality Education found last year’s investment in full-day schooling for four-year-olds in 14 districts resulted in only 476 new slots for kids. At that rate, the report says it will take the state 163 years to offer enough slots for all four-year-old students. The report concludes that more money is needed to follow through on the state promises to provide universal pre-K throughout the state. Currently it is only offered for all four-year-olds in New York City. Gov. Cuomo has proposed $15 million in funding in the next fiscal year that begins April 1, but the report concludes far more is needed. I’m Karen Johnson

Chateaugay town board approves solar moratorium

The Chateaugay Town Board has approved a six-month moratorium on any large-scale solar farms. While there aren’t any active projects right now, board members say they want to be proactive and get the rules set up before any companies buy up land and they have to play catch up. Supervisor Don Bilow says they want to have time to research solar development and possible ways a farm could affect the town. Residents have expressed worries about taking valuable farm land out of production and about the effects a solar farm could have on property values.