MAYVILLE – The Village of Mayville has offered the owners of the Chautauqua Belle a new, 4-year license agreement to continue docking the boat at Mayville Park.
According to media reports, village officials announced the offer during a Tuesday night’s board meeting, which had an estimated 100 people on hand showing their support for the paddle-wheel steamer to remain in Mayville.
The agreement calls for U.S. Stem Lines Ltd., which operates the Chautauqua Belle, to pay $4,000 in the first year of the contract, with a 2 percent increase added for each of the remaining three years.
U.S Stem Lines will review the lease and decide whether or not it will accept, or if the Chautauqua Belle will instead find a new place on the lake to call home.
Last month the Mayville village board voted not to renew the previous license with the Belle, which had expired in October. The village also sent an eviction letter to the owners of the Chautauqua Belle, requesting the boat be moved in the spring.
The Chautauqua Belle then turned to Facebook and social media to rally support for keeping the boat in Mayville.