|Higley Association/RRPOC Discussions With Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, LP.|
On July 11th, 2013, The Higley Association and Brookfield Renewable Energy Company held a jointly sponsored meeting at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School cafeteria. Property owners along Higley Flow were invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting was to allow for their input into the development of a Land Use Management Plan. Concerned residents filled the room and overflowed into the hallway.
Matthew Johnson, Compliance Mgr. for NY East Operations led the
meeting. He explained that previous discussions with the Higley
Assoc. and Raquette River Property Owners Committee (RRPOC) had been
a bit of a disaster and Brookfield has come to realize that “One
Size does not Fit All”. Tonight’s meeting is a new beginning for
a working relationship and agreement process between the residents of
the impoundment known as Higley Flow and Brookfield Power Company.
Other areas along the river will be addressed at a later time. Matt
noted that he is leading a new Brookfield group specifically formed
to deal with Higley and certain Brookfield people from past
discussions are either no longer with Brookfield or not involved with
these discussions. In addition to discussions with the Higley
Association, the Raquette River Property Owners Committee, with
current Chairman Micki Nesbit have had input toward forming a better
working relationship for the future. Other RRPOC members are Larry
Patzwald, Chuck Goolden, Dave Seymour, Robin St. Andrews, John
Bartholomew, Ernie Stretton, John Collins, Lin Snyder (Higley Assoc.
President), John Snell and John Shumway, all of whom are Higley
property owners and residents.
At the end of the evening, the group whole-heartedly supported having the Higley Association and the Raquette River Property Owners Committee continue discussions with Brookfield on the property owners' behalf and to have the minutes of those meetings made available to the residents.
For those times when
it's necessary to report navigational hazards or other issues to
Brookfield, contact info is as follows:
Brookfield Renewable Energy
New York East Operations Center
Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P.
399 Big Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
Matt Johnson, Compliance Manager