Decker explains gas leasing decision to committee

NORWICH – County Board Chairman Richard B. Decker took the opportunity during a meeting of the Agriculture, Buildings and Grounds Committee this week to explain why he signed a compulsory integration agreement with a natural gas company in January without the approval of town and City of Norwich supervisors.

The North Norwich supervisor said he made the decision after consulting with the county’s attorney due to the 21-day time period for responding as well as the small amount of county-owned property involved.

The Chenango County Board of Supervisors first learned last week that they had entered into a compulsory integration lease with Nornew, Inc. on 4.5 acres of county-owned land in Preston. Nornew drilled a well in April on private property located nearby county Road 18.

“We felt it was important that we made sure we were integrated. We felt it was necessary that the county got what they were supposed to get and we didn’t have time,” Decker said. “If the acreage had been larger, we would have called an emergency meeting of the board. ... And, if we had time to do it, we would have come to the committee.”

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