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Village, town sign boat launch, boat patrol inter-municipal agreements

Boat launch opens this weekend with new inspection policy

— The public boat launch at Lakeside Park will open for the season on Saturday, April 26, and this year the village will institute a new inspection policy for boats entering and exiting Cazenovia Lake as a way to improve the fight against invasive species.

“Every boat and trailer will be inspected on arrival so no animal or plant matter gets into our lake. If a boat is contaminated [and cannot be cleaned] it will be refused access … and there will be the same inspection on outbound boats,” said Trustee and Commissioner of Parks Fritz Koennecke. The boat entry inspection was a policy done last year for the public boat launch, but the outbound inspection will be new this year. Boats exiting the lake that have plant or animal matter on them will be hosed off.

“Basically, we just want to leave our stuff in our lake and not infect anybody else,” he said.

The inspections — as well as courtesy boat safety checks — will be completed by village-hired lake stewards, who were also at the launch last year.

Since the village owns the boat launch but the trustees want to make it available for use by town residents as well, recently the village and town boards both approved an inter-municipal agreement on use of the launch – the village board on April 2 and the town board on April 14. Under the agreement, the town will pay the village $10,000 for town resident usage; the funds will be used by the village to offset the maintenance and upkeep costs of the launch, and enforcement of applicable regulations pertaining to the launch. This s the same agreement approved by both municipal boards last year.

The boat launch is available to any permit holders provided a parking space is available for non-Cazenovia residents. Permits are available at the Cazenovia Village Office, 90 Albany St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use of the boat launch by unauthorized person(s) will result in a fine of up to $250.

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