JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Post-Journal says the Lakewood Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss a proposal to apply herbicides in portions of Chautauqua Lake’s south basin.
The Chautauqua Lake Partnership, with the backing of the towns of Ellery, North Harmony, Busti and Ellicott and village of Celoron, had applied for eight permits to use herbicides on roughly 1,000 acres of Chautauqua Lake. Department of Environmental Conservation officials issued three permits on May 15 approving herbicide use for 181 acres of the lake.
The Busti Town Board applied for the herbicide treatment application for the portion of the lake that falls within the town’s boundaries. However, some of that area includes portions of the village of Lakewood shoreline and village officials have expressed concern over the herbicide use on that area of the lake, saying they haven’t signed off on the chemicals being used along their shoreline.
The Village attorney, John LaMancuso, reportedly said that even though the village didn’t apply for a permit, it still is the only person or body that could possibly approve the spraying of (herbicides) adjacent to its own shorelines.