Niagara River Greenway
State Park Standing Committee Meeting
December 20, 2007
Mark Thomas, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Robert Daly, NY Power Authority
Rick Chase, NY Power Authority
Ray Goll, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Rob Belue, Niagara River Greenway Commission
Angela Berti, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Al Nihill, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Andrew Giarrizzo, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Robert Daly began the meeting at 1:15pm by introducing Mark Thomas, Western District Director of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and inviting him to chair the meeting. Mark reported that this is the 1st meeting for the NYS Parks standing committee. The purpose of the meeting is to go over the terms of the protocol. Mark continued by discussing each item of the Draft Protocol:
Section II - There are 2 members of the standing committee, NYS Parks and NY Power Authority.
Section III - There will be a Chair and Vice Chair, the secretary will be a staff member from either organization.
Section IV - The committee will meet a minimum of 4 times a year.
Section VI - Projects are submitted to the Niagara River Greenway Commission first, then go to the standing committee.
Section VII - A schedule will be established by the next meeting
Section VIII - The standing committee will operate similar to that of the standing committee at Thousand Islands
Section X - Amendments can be made, decisions are made by consensus.
Mr. Thomas asked for comments/discussion on the items presented. Rob Daly asked that Section 3 be amended to read that the NYS Parks representative will be the Chair and the NY Power Authority representative will be the Vice Chair. The secretary can remain as a staff person. It was decided that the protocol would be adopted at the next meeting.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2008 in the Community Room at the New York Power Authority Power Vista. It will follow the next Niagara River Greenway Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2007 at 2:00pm at Beaver Island Clubhouse, Grand Island, NY. Public notices for the meetings will go out.
Mr. Paul Gromosiak, local historian, commented that he was happy to see the beginning of things being done to enhance the Niagara River. He complimented Mark Thomas on his interest and efforts in this movement. He hopes that Frederick Law Olmsted will be remembered and his dream will be realized.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 pm.