The action was taken Thursday during an emergency meeting of the board.
The other municipalities that have signed off on the herbicide use by the Chautauqua Lake Partnership (CLP) include the towns of Ellery, North Harmony and Busti along with the village of Celoron. Only the village of Lakewood has not signed off on the matter.
While the municipalities have given permission, it’s not known where funding for the treating the 190 acres designated by the DEC will come from. Ellicott has already said it is unable to financially support the project, and the county hasn’t expressed any interest in offering money. The CLP has said it would cost approximately $300,000 to pay for the chemicals and apply them to the designated areas.
The window to apply the herbicide has been designated for next week.