Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 2

The importance of controlling the lake levels

The city should be working toward the Jan. 1 mark of 860, which means a reduction of three 3 in three months. Frankly, I think the city will cling to the high levels on their chart and if they are not too far from these levels, they will do nothing.

Their chart was made during a time when more water (about 10,000,000 gallons a day) was being sold. The reduction in the population of the city and the closure of three large industrial users has cut the city’s daily needs. It would seem logical, that their chart should be adjusted to reflect the reduced water requirements and to bring the lake levels in line with those recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The water level is of great importance to the shore dwellers who apparently receive no consideration from the city water department. Maybe every one of us should call a couple of times a week to report that the local level indicator (the top of your dock, a rock on the beach, etc.) indicates that the level is too high. You might also ask if you could have a copy of their water level guidelines.

Mr. Lemon has recovered from his surgery and seems to be moving at his deliberate pace until some critter or goody comes into view. I was apprehensive as to getting him in the back of the Tahoe when I picked him up at Dr. Bill’s Saturday night. No problem. He just leaped up and floated in. He makes that jump with ease. It’s about 32 inches high, but sometimes a bit more if the front of the suburban is downhill from the back.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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