Committee Approves Emergency Funding For Findley Lake Watershed

MAYVILLE – The Findley Lake Watershed Foundation has cleared its first hurdle toward being approved for emergency funding.

The Chautauqua County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee heard a resolution last week from County Executive Greg Edwards to grant $5,000 in emergency funding to the foundation.

According to Edwards’ resolution, Findley Lake has a source of water seeping through the breakwall that is currently undermining the stability of the dam, and required immediate emergency action. Additionally, the resolution states there may be a risk associated with the leaking dam, with the potential to threaten human health or life, and economic stability in the area.

The legislators were briefed on the situation in Findley Lake. Fred Croscut, R-Sherman, and David Himelein, R-Findley Lake, both stressed the importance of the issue. George Borrello, R-Irving, agreed it was a worthy use of funding.

“At one point, we had – very wisely – put an emergency fund together,” Borrello said, adding funding has gone toward Chautauqua Lake for the past two years. “To me, this would certainly qualify as an emergency situation.”

The committee unanimously approved the resolution. The full legislature will determine whether to grant the $5,000 to the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.