Letters: Signage should not obstruct lake view

To the editor:

The Skaneateles village board wants to hear from residents about proposed signage in Clift Park and along the pier. I am a town resident, none-the-less caring about this issue. The proposed signage is under consideration in order to accommodate the city of Syracuse's intent to demonstrate graphically that the city is attending to the proper care of Skaneateles lake drinking water. Thus it would be declared worthy of its continuing permit from the NYS Department of Health which grants it a waiver from filtering the water.

The proposed signage - a 42" x 24" wooden sign in Clift Park and 18" x 5' banners along the pier - makes no mention of other concerned bodies, e.g. the Skaneateles Lake Association's daunting, expensive and successful milfoil eradication project. The proposed colors of blue and white hardly matter. I think that any new signage in municipal parks should not interfere with vistas, except when necessary for safety issues or to educate, not merely inform. There are more effective ways to educate the public about what we can all do to preserve the pristine quality of the lake and that would be a worthy goal. Why not suggest that the city put such signage on the north wall of its own brick building on the east side of the pier?

I have complained in these pages and elsewhere that public visual enjoyment of Skaneateles lake vistas is diminishing every year, due to the continuing growth of old growth flora, new installations of berms, hedges, trees, etc., and new and more obtrusive rooflines. I think the public deserves to see and enjoy the lake from its shores wherever possible, especially those iconic views along Genesee Street in the village, not obstructed by more signage.

Even the Purple Martins know enough to fly about - happily, I think - respective of their own sightlines and ours.

Mary Gardner


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