Town to purchase weed harvester to battle lake milfoil

— “For a 10-year-old machine this seems in great shape; we examined the whole thing,” said Councilor Pat Race. The harvester has 3,300 hours of operating time on it, and is supposed to get 10,000 hours. He said the deal they are investigating comes with the harvester, a conveyor, a trailer and extra parts, all at a third of the price of buying a new machine. The seller is also willing to train the town crews on how to operate the harvester, Race said.

“To get into the game we thought this would be an affordable and reliable way of doing it,” Race said.

The board voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of the harvester.

At the beginning of the meeting, Scott Ingmire, of the Madison County Planning Department, met with the board and reiterated his previous commitment of the county renting its aquatic weed harvester to the town for use on Cazenovia Lake for three weeks during the summer at a cost of $31 per hour, or about $4,000 total.

In response to a question from Councilor Tom Driscoll, Ingmire said that if the town bought its own harvester the county would be willing to assist in operator training and some maintenance issues at no charge.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for its proposed use of the chemical Renovate in the lake to eradicate milfoil. That document is now available for public review on the town website at townofcazenovia.org under the “Caz Lake Restoration” tab.

A public comment period on the draft SEIS began March 11 and ends April 10. All public comments on the draft should be sent to the town office.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Approved the appointment of Gerald Rasmussen to the Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission to fill an unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2014.

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