Lake Plan Stays Afloat

LAKEWOOD – A Lakewood resident wants a law limiting phosphate pollution going into Chautauqua Lake to be passed by village officials.

On Monday, Richard Turner addressed the Lakewood Village Board about passing the Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control Management Law. The law aims to limit the amount of phosphate pollution in the lake. Phosphates make the lake hospitable for plants and weeds, which has been an ongoing problem for Chautauqua Lake. Phosphates are part of various fertilizer mixes commonly used in agriculture and gardens.

Turner said the village should pass the law which would be enforced within 1,000 feet of the lake or within 250 feet of any lake contributory.

”I strongly urge the village to adopt the law,” he said.

Dave Wordelmann, Lakewood mayor, said the Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control Management Law is one that has been discussed by the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission and its Inter-Municipal Committee, which is made up of supervisors, mayors and board members from communities around the lake. Wordelmann is a member of the Inter-Municipal Committee. The mayor said before the law can be voted on by the Village Board, more discussion and investigation into how it will affect Lakewood needs to be done.

”We have to discuss it … I’m for it, I’m not against it,” Wordelmann said.

Turner suggested the village hold a public hearing on the law so other village residents can address the proposal. Wordelmann said a public hearing in the future on the law will probably be held.

Town of Chautauqua officials passed the Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control Management Law last month.

In other business, the Village Board passed a resolution to fund the Chautauqua Lake Association $3,500 toward its lake maintenance program for 2013.

A public hearing was set regarding a proposal by David Bargar to remodel the former Yaw Oil Co, 2 E. Second St. The public hearing will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday, June 24. Bargar has proposed converting the building into office, warehouse and apartment space.