UPDATE: An Oneida County official is responding to Galime's inquiry over te SEQRA process. Shawna Papale, executive director for the Oneida County Local Development Corporation released the following statement Saturday:
"SEQRA is not dependent on land ownership or control. It reviews potential environmental impacts and has to be done prior to approvals. It is an open and public process and once a lead agency is designated, then there will be a separate SEQRA website created."
UTICA- MVHS is moving forward with the downtown hospital, they announced Friday they selected a Syracuse company to do the environmental study.
Utica Common Council President, Michael Galime, sent out an email on Friday addressed to county and city leaders with some questions he had about the hospital that still need to be answered.
He had questions about the SEQRA review process. He cited the state DEC website regarding environmental studies and asked city and county leaders, "How can MVHS conduct a study on land they don't currently own?"
He said the bulk of his frustrations boiled down to the limited amount of information himself and other council members are getting about the project.
He said this to NEWSChannel2 Friday night, "The state environmental quality review is a very open process and for the last two and a half years the proposal has been completely shrouded and confusing. I'm hoping as we move forward, the community can finally understand how this can get this far on a property that MVHS just simply doesn't own," said Galime.
The study will take 9-12 months to complete.