Cazenovia Lakeside Park Boat Launch accessible to all with permit
By Willie Kiernan
In a special meeting on Thursday Feb. 21, the Cazenovia Village Board voted unanimously on the Lakeside Park Boat Launch Law. Determining that the regulations previously governing the use of the boat launch were inadequate and that there were legitimate concerns about the deterioration of the condition of Cazenovia Lake, the village endeavored to make a broader effort by writing a new resolution. The board voted 5-0 in favor of the new law, which left the resolution to be voted on Monday.
"It was a rigorous process with a tremendous amount of community input," said Trustee Russ Brownback. "I can't tell you how pleased and heartened I was with the amount of community dialogue."
At times controversial, the issue seemed to draw a line in the sand within the community as to who should have access to the lake. In the end, it was about controlling the launch and involving the state by going public, albeit on a relatively small scale.
"At first it was apparently opposed by most of the people who spoke," Brownback said. "But we heard from a lot of people. The best part is the budding relationship we've established with the DEC."
New regulations (from the village web site)
1.Use of the launch will be by permit only. Permits may be obtained free of charge from the village clerk by all village residents, temporary guests of a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast or similar temporary lodging establishments located within the village, and residents of municipalities entering into an inter-municipal agreement with the village of Cazenovia to provide permits free of charge to their residents. Permits will be available to residents of other municipalities at a cost of $40.
2.A total of 18 parking spots for vehicles and trailers will be designated and marked on the south side of the access drive between the gate and the old bathhouse. Nine of these spots will be reserved only for village residents and others authorized under an inter-municipal agreement approved by the board of trustees. The other nine spots may be used (first-come first-served) by any permit holder.