Caz:To be 'public' or not to be

Caz:To be 'public' or not to be

Public hearing on Lakeside boat launch this Tuesday evening

By Willie Kiernan

The Cazenovia Village Board is addressing the issue of lake access with a new resolution that allows for a manned facility and for public use.

"Nine out of 10 are under the radar," Trustee Tom Tait said. "People will have to pay to play if there is better enforcement."

There will be a public hearing regarding the Lakeside Park boat launch resolution at 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 22 at the Cazenovia Municipal building. The public is urged to attend to voice concerns and opinions.

"We've worked hard to draft a proposal that will be good for the community, the lake and for those who wish to enjoy the lake," said Trustee Kurt Wheeler. "We're confident that once people see and understand what is proposed in its entirety, they will be supportive."

Policing the launch has been difficult in the past and the consensus is that the current system has problems. By making it public, the village could receive state aid for funding regarding the lake and the launch. The resolution calls for a village employee positioned there at peak hours to ensure proper usage.

"Cazenovia Lake is a finite resource; it is a relatively small lake that is experiencing great use pressures, physical challenges and negative ecological impacts. We are extremely concerned about the current condition of the lake," wrote Preston Gilbert, President of the Cazenovia Lake Association, in a column last week in this paper. "Furthermore, the Lake Association is genuinely concerned about the cumulative impacts that seemingly isolated lake use decisions are having on our lake's present and future health. There are a number of land use and environmental issues that we feel have priority over non-resident access; these issues need to be addressed before we approve any further actions that could have deleterious impact on the lake."

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