Lee Macbeth, from Syracuse Water, came before the village board to discuss two educational exhibits about Skaneateles Lake in Clift Park. She said the city of Syracuse is concerned that people living in the watershed are still not aware of what the city does to keep the lake clean and its water unfiltered.
The exhibits/signage would also educate residents and people visiting Skaneateles on the history, geography and science involved in protecting the lake.
"How this community works with our community (Syracuse) to keep the lake clean," Macbeth said.
Exhibit 1: Permanent display designed similar to the national parks service signage.
This would be placed along the lakeshore, but is not to interfere with any current park activity, which includes band concerts, loading the Mid-Lakes boats or other regular activity in the Gazebo or park.
Exhibit 2: Several seasonal banners hung along the inside of the pier with type on inside, so that people on the pier can view it.
Syracuse Water spent a lot of time in Clift Park last summer scouting locations that would be effective while also non-intrusive, as the lake is the main attraction.
Studies demonstrated that a person will look at something for a maximum of five seconds and decide whether to read it or not. Meanwhile, 45 seconds is the average time a person will devote to studying a small exhibit of this nature.
Village Trustee Sue Jones said she wasn't sure where this proposal was coming from and asked for time to mull over the decision.
"Less signage in the park is better," Jones said.
She also expressed concerns in the build out of the permanent exhibit, wondering if this was something people might want to dive off of.
Police Chief Perkins noted a concern for the possibility of graffiti on the banners.