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Cazenovia Lake Association hears update on lake health and boater safety

— Hayes said the patrol is primarily for safety and educational purposes, although it is also there for enforcement when and if necessary. He said the patrols have spoken with numerous boaters, informed and education them of safety violations, but has not yet written one ticket.

Hayes said the patrols have so far been very positively received by boaters, and most people don’t know their actions are impractical or unsafe. He also encouraged anyone with suggestions, concerns or complaints to contact him.

“I have an open door policy,” he said. “So please let me know [your thoughts]. If we don’t know, we can’t fix it.”

Hayes also said he is writing a grant proposal in January to apply for state navigation funding that will, if approved, pay for the cost of the boat patrols.

Greiner then closed the meeting with an update on 2014 plans for resuming chemical treatments of the lake using Renovate weed killer. No chemical treatments were used this year, and many members of the audience voiced their concerns that the weeds seem more out of control this summer than in recent years. Greiner said the CLA plans to do its annual weed assessment and draw up a treatment plan for next year, and probably will treat an area of around 400 acres of lake — which was the size of the original Renovate treatment back in 2008-09.

Any future chemical treatments must first be approved by the state DEC and then funded by the CLA. He expects a 400-acre treatment to cost about $400,000, which will be funded by the village, town, CLA and community donations. Greiner said the CLA will keep the community abreast of future treatment plans and funding needs.

More information on the Cazenovia Lake Association can be found online at cazlake.org.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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