Celoron Passes Sedimentation Lake Law

CELORON -A law to control erosion and sedimentation going into Chautauqua Lake has been passed in Celoron.

On Aug. 12, the Celoron Village Board passed the Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control Management Law. The law was developed by the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission’s Inter-Municipal Committee.

The purpose of the law is to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls to protect and safeguard the general health, safety and welfare of the public residing within lake municipalities. This will be done by requiring land development to follow state Department of Conservation pollutant discharge laws for construction activities; minimize stormwater runoff before and following development projects; preventing accelerated soil erosion and sedimentation into lake depository streams and waterways; and incorporate erosion control and stormwater runoff control into site plans.

”This is part of the countywide program for the lake,” said Scott Schrecengost, Celoron mayor. ”We’ve got to be able to control stormwater management and sediment going into the lake.”

The town of Chautauqua has also passed the law.

In other village business; in May, the village board appointed Robert Burkholder as the village’s new code enforcement officer. Schrecengost said Burkholder was recommended by David Rowe, Ellicott building inspector and code enforcement officer. In March, the village appointed Rowe their temporary code enforcement officer after Frank Fonti resigned from the village position.

”Dave came on board from the town of Ellicott to help us out in a temporary position,” Schrecengost said. ”He didn’t want the village left without a code officer. He found Robert, and made a recommendation for him. We interviewed (Burkholder), and thought we would give him a shot.”

Schrecengost said Burkholder is doing a fine job as the village’s code enforcement officer.

”We’ve got a lot of bad properties, and we’re making headway on them,” Schrecengost said.

In May, the board also appointed Pamela Piazza to be the new animal control officer in the village. She will fill the unexpired term of Lisa Sobocinski, who resigned earlier this year.