Lakewood Resident Wants Board To Act On Phosphate Law

LAKEWOOD – A Lakewood resident once again appeared before the Lakewood Village Board to say too much phosphate pollution is going into Chautauqua Lake.

On Monday, Richard Turner spoke to the Village Board about 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 first talked to Lakewood officials about the law at a Village Board meeting June 10. Turner once again asked the Village Board to pass the law, which would be enforced within 1,000 feet of the lake or within 250 of any lake contributory.

”We have a problem, and we are not being aggressive,” Turner said.

David Wordelmann, Lakewood mayor, said he knows the law. The mayor is part of the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission’s Inter-Municipal Committee, which developed the law. The Inter-Municipal Committee is made up of supervisors, mayors and board members from communities around the lake.

”We need to study and analyze it before acting,” Wordelmann said. ”I’m not saying we’re not going to pass it.”

Turner said the board needs to show initiative by passing the law, which could help in getting money to clean up the lake. He said the town of Chautauqua has already passed the law. The Chautauqua Town Board passed the law in May.

”We haven’t done anything,” Turner said.

Wordelmann said the law is being looked at by village officials as they proceed in studying Lakewood zoning laws.

In other village business; John Bentley, Lakewood-Busti Police Department chief, said he is looking into applying for a $60,000 grant for a K-9 unit. He said the money would go toward training and equipment. He said the deadline for the grant is the end of August.

”It doesn’t hurt to ask for it,” he said.

Bentley said there would be no local money needed; it is not a matching grant. Also, after the initial grant, the department could receive an additional $20,000 grant for upkeep for the K-9 unit. The police chief said he has two officers in the department interested in being assigned to the K-9 unit. He said initially the K-9 unit would be used as a track dog for explosives. Bentley said food and veterinarian issues wouldn’t be a problem because there are already arrangements in the county for K-9 units.