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Sluiceway slated for protective grate

Safety concerns prompt board to cap drainpipe on Spafford Landing

— Spafford Highway Superintendent Carl Wiers has been handed the task of creating a grate to fit in the end of the new sluiceway pipe on Spafford Landing Road at the south end of Skaneateles Lake.

The pipe, a 6-foot diameter, is tall enough for an adult to walk through without ducking down. The sluiceway carries water from one of the many local streams under Spafford Landing Road when high water becomes an issue.

According to Supervisor Webb Stevens, the project entailed moving the sluice two feet and building a retaining wall on the lake side of the road to the tune of $300,000. The project was completed in the fall after many of the summer residents had left their lakeside homes for the winter. Contractors from Lake Country Construction were able to work without interrupting the flow of daily traffic.

“The sluiceway needed to be replaced,” Stevens said Feb. 9 during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

However, now that the replacement project is finished and residents are interested in the pipe because of the newness of the project, Stevens is fearful of people — particularly children — entering the sluiceway and falling.

There is a 40-foot drop from the sluiceway to the ground on the lakeside of the pipe.

“It’s very tempting for little kids and adults,” he said. “I sure as hell am not going to live with a kid or something pitching out the end.”

Much of his concern is due to a home owned by a family with small children on the stream side of the sluiceway. He said the distance between the mouth of the sluiceway and the back steps of the home is approximately three feet.

As the drain has not been clogged anytime in recent history, Stevens requested the board to consider approval for a grate to be put over the end.

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