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December 06, 2016
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Lumberland takes on Rio Dam operator

Lumberland council member Joe Carr, left, and supervisor Nadia Rajsz congratulate Sofia Martynec for being chosen as Retired Senior Volunteer Person of the Year.
TRR photo by David Hulse

The board directed Town Attorney E. Danielle Jose-Decker to invite the owners of the Mohican Lake Resort to meet with board members after voting unanimously to deny an application for several excessive noise permits. Several residents complained about the property’s history of neighbor disputes and safety issues.

The board tabled approval of paving bids for parking accessed from County Road 32 in order to expand the bid to include the bus garage on County Road 31 and the senior citizen center lot off Hollow Road. It approved renewal of the Eldred Central School rental agreement of the bus garage and continued the $3,600 monthly rental fee. It also agreed to expand its regular meeting schedule to include meetings on both the second and fourth Wednesdays.

Rio Dam history

Eagle Creek purchased the Mongaup Falls and Rio Hydroelectric hydro facilities from Alliance Energy in January 2011. Rio Dam and the Mongaup River hydro system have seen several ownership changes since the turn of the century.

In operation since 1927, Rio was built by the Rockland Light and Power Co. In 1999 its successor O&R transferred its license to the Southern Energy NY-Gen LLC, which became Mirant NY-Gen, LLC in 2004, which was in turn acquired by Alliance Energy Renewables, LLC in July 2007.

In June of last year, New Jersey based Eagle Creek completed its acquisition of Mongaup River system with the purchase of the seven megawatt Swinging Bridge Hydroelectric Project from AER NY-Gen. That purchase included the Toronto and Swinging Bridge Reservoirs as well as Cliff Lake.

The 21 megawatt system of five reservoirs and three generating facilities produces 55,000 MWh of renewable energy per year for downstate New York, according to the company website.