CHAUTAUQUA - Two county legislators reported on issues that are simultaneously economic and environmental during the public comment portion of the Town of Chautauqua Board meeting on Monday, June 10.
Chautauqua Lake and hydraulic fracturing or "hydro fracking," were discussed by Vince Horrigan (R-Ellery) and Fred Croscut (R-Sherman).
"We need to build consensus 'to sewer this lake, '"Horrigan, the Republican candidate for county executive in November, said.
This brought a comment from Town of Chautauqua Supervisor Don Emhardt about the possible requirement for a sand filtration system which he said, "will really be expensive."
Croscut talked about "multiple concerns" regarding hydro fracking including increased truck traffic and waste water. A meeting on fracking was scheduled for Wednesday, June 19.
"We (will) provide the facts, (we are) not interested in controversy," Croscut said.
Croscut said he expected members of the county Water Quality Task Force will be included in the session at the lighthouse in Dunkirk.
On another topic Horrigan complemented the town for was what he termed an improved situation in the Elmwood Road area regarding mistreatment of women, drug trafficking and squalid cottages.
Residents in the neighborhood appeared at town meetings starting last summer to complain about the lack of police protection, apparent indifference from county social welfare agencies and lack of building code enforcement.
Horrigan said he is convinced many of the neighbors' concerns have been addressed.
Asked about plans for a new town park adjacent to the town offices, board member Jim Kurtz said, "We're moving along." A final design of the approximately 27-acre park is being finalized, Kurtz said.