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Effort underway for Chautauqua Lake to be overseen by one body

March 27, 2013
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Chautauqua County legislators Fred Croscut (R-Sherman) and Vince Horrigan (R- Bemus Point) announced an effort is currently underway to have the county's premier natural resource overseen by one body. The two spoke at the Town of Chautauqua Board meeting Monday, March 11.

"By fall, hopefully September, we will have one organization with support to speak for Chautauqua Lake, that's the goal," Croscut said.

Creation of an authoritative entity "is going to be a challenge," Croscut reckons. He said it will consist of "individuals who have knowledge, scientific information and (who) care about the lake."

Presently the county planning department and various private organizations are working as what the Sherman legislator called "facilitators" for the new oversight body.

Horrigan said lake concerns will be in especially sharp focus this spring and summer. He said clarity about lake challenges has steadily increased in the early years of this century with more and more cooperation among groups that until the past few years were often working at cross purposes.

Another possible development is that wastewater from the northern Chautauqua Lake area may be sent to Westfield's sewage treatment facility. Councilman Tom Carlson made this known during the broad discussion about the future of the lake.

Carlson said the move would take advantage of the Westfield plant's capacity which, he said, is "under utilized"

In other business Horrigan told the board members that Dunkirk Airport might be sold.

"There's a lot of corporate activity there," Horrigan said.

"We'll see how that unfolds," he said regarding a sale to a private owner.

Supervisor Don Emhardt reported the owner of several small cottages along Elmwood Road is working to make the structures more closely conform to local building code requirements.

The cottages allegedly are often home to residents who engage in various forms of bad behavior and criminal activities, according to neighbors, many of whom aired complaints at two board meetings last year.

A public hearing for proposed stormwater management and erosion and sediment controls in the town was scheduled by the board for Monday, May 13 at 7:15 p.m.



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