Caz: Reviewing the Lake Policy

Reviewing the policy

Opinions abound on public access to Caz Lake issue

By Willie Kiernan


When Sparky Christakos wrote and published a column last week about the lake access issue in this paper, some Cazenovia residents took it as news instead of understanding that it was his opinion.

"Sparky's guest column is an important resource for those who have not kept up with what was happening all summer," said Paul Brooks, Cazenovia Village Trustee. "He has done significant work assembling the data and crafting his views."

It is now incumbent upon the village board to review their policy for lake access.

"The Cazenovia Village Board has been planning a thorough review of the new lake access policy since before it was even implemented," said Kurt Wheeler, Cazenovia Village Trustee. "We will begin that process during the next month and will be analyzing all the information that has been collected concerning the 2008 season as well as direct feedback from interested parties."

The village board had implemented new laws regarding the boat launch at Lakeside Park. All usage was by permit only.

"The village board made a decision for this year that it felt was in the overall best interest of the community," Brooks said. "That is what the voters entrusted us to do. Now we will examine the results of the summer season's activity and the viewpoints of many stakeholders and decide the appropriate course of action for next season."

"When the village of Cazenovia passed the resolution to revise the regulations for the use of the boat launch facilities at Lakeside Park we incorporated a line in the resolution to have the resolution reviewed and modified as deemed necessary by the board of trustees. We knew at the time that we would be revisiting the resolution after our first season of the new changes. With the exception of the input from Sparky Christakos, I have heard very little negative feedback on the launch," said Mayor Tom Dougherty. "In fact, on two or three occasions, I have received positive feed back from community members."

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