Pier's placement a problem

A handicapped-accessible fishing pier project will have to clear a few more hoops before moving forward in the next couple of years. While performing research in connection with a proposed quarry on Quarry Road in the town of Sullivan, Chittenango-Bridgeport Times staff discovered the town of Sullivan ends at the southern edge of Oneida Lake.

This means the pier, part of a half-million dollar Parks & Recreation Department project, will be located in the Oneida County town of Vienna.

Of primary concern to town of Vienna Supervisor P. Michael Piper is liability should anyone get injured on the structure. He said he only heard of the project Thursday afternoon when Sullivan Supervisor John M. Becker called him to talk about how the towns would handle the matter.

"I assured him whatever he does, we will get involved," Piper said. "We'll have our [town] attorneys sit down and work something out."

Piper said there would be no snap decision by Vienna over the phone.

"We're going to need documentation -- maps, drawings, something," Piper said. "And I'm not sure if we need to get the town planning board and county planning department involved."

Becker said he couldn't understand why the location was not better researched during the decade of planning leading up to the fifth -- and finally successful -- grant application.

Town attorney Donald Colella said he does not believe the jurisdictional location will matter to the agency awarding the $260,000 matching grant earmarked to pay for half the project.

"We have a town park in the village of Chittenango and the village of Chittenango has a facility in the town for sludge," Colella said. "I don't find where Vienna has worked to regulate anything on the south shore of the lake."

Colella said the towns' attorneys would most likely work out an intermunicipal agreement that would involve naming the town of Vienna as an insured on its liability policy covering the pier.

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