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July 8, 2005

Canalway Commission Holds Public Meeting July 14 on Draft Management Plan

FULTON - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission will host a public meeting on its draft preservation and management plan at 7 p.m. July 14 in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium.

The commission is seeking public comment from citizens and organizations on the draft management plan that was released June 29. The plan may be downloaded from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Web site at www.eriecanalway.org

Oswego County Legislator Kimberly Seager, District 10 (Schroeppel, Phoenix, Volney) is Oswego County's representative to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. "In early 2004, over 100 people attended a public meeting in Oswego to provide suggestions to the consultants who have now prepared the report. The meeting in Oswego was the best attended of any of the public meetings," said Legislator Seager.

"The management plan now gives communities and organizations a blueprint for developing and promoting their area," she added. "The beautiful and scenic Oswego River Canal, part of the Erie Canalway, is truly the gateway to the canal for many boaters. I encourage individuals and community organizations to review the draft plan and comment on it."

Recommendations from the draft include creating the Erie Canalway as a "must do" destination for regional, national and international visitors; protecting the historic and distinctive nature of the canalway; and helping to integrate communities and sites within the larger Erie Canal story in marketing efforts.

Representatives of the Canalway commission will give a brief overview of the plan at the July 14 meeting. Additional meetings will be held in Tonawanda, Spencerport, Hector, Weedsport, Utica, Glenville and Whitehall. Public comments will be accepted until Aug. 19.

For additional information, call Legislator Seager at 695-3223 or 598-3223, or call the National Park Service office in Waterford, NY at 518-237-7000.

G. Ray Bodley High School is accessible to the handicapped and is located on William Gillard Drive in Fulton.

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