“You talked about common ground,” he told Janeway at the meeting. “There has to be some compromise. We can sit down at a table and hash things out, especially the towns that are affected. I would hope something like that could happen before (the decision) is presented to the governor.”
Douglas said cooler heads could yet prevail if they negotiate.
Janeway also mentioned the NYCO Minerals exchange in Willsboro and Lewis, in which the mining company proposes to give the state an equal amount of land in exchange for state land on which to expand its wollastonite extraction operations.
A constitutional amendment is needed for the exchange and must be on the ballot statewide at some point for the land swap to happen.
“We can support a land exchange in principle,” Janeway said. “The Governor’s Office came back with a very detailed proposal, and the Adirondack Council then signed on.
“For me, protecting wildlife, protecting communities should be a win-win. I want to scale our role with you in a way you think would work.”
‘WILDERNESS WON’T WORK’
Supervisor George Canon (R-Newcomb) commended Janeway on the NYCO support.
“But you’re at cross-hairs with me and the other towns (on the Essex Chain). We’re totally convinced, and we’re bonded together on this one, and I hope the governor is listening,” Canon said.
Canon later got a unanimous resolution of support from the board for Wild Forest classification of the Essex Chain Lakes.
“Without a Wild Forest classification, the economic prosperity won’t be accomplished,” Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson) said.
“If you start up with Wilderness, it won’t work. It will close the door on some beautiful land. I would hope we can work together.”
Janeway countered that he believes Wilderness would have more economic benefit, although he did acknowledge some compromise may be possible.