Busti Town Board Declines To Support Lakewood

The Busti Town Board denied a resolution to support two projects within the village of Lakewood upon request from the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance. P-J Photo by Jordan W. Patterson

LAKEWOOD – The Busti Town Board voted against a resolution that would support two projects within the village of Lakewood upon the request from the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance.

With only three board members present, two voted in favor and one voted against causing the resolution to be denied. The support from the town would have been attached to the grant application for the village projects. The letters calling for Busti’s support were submitted by the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance who are involved in each of the projects. Erin Brickley, executive director of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, said lack of support from the town had no impact on the application because the deadline for the grant application was on July 31.

“It’s simply a letter of support,” she said.

She explained that when applications, like this one, are being built agencies will gather letters of support from other agencies and various municipalities. Brickley reiterated Busti’s decision did not impact the application process.

Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins cited Lakewood’s previous lack of support regarding lake projects in Busti – specifically recent herbicide use – as a reason he chose not to support the village’s projects.

The projects in Lakewood that were in question included the Chautauqua Avenue Green Street Retrofit and the Lowe Stormwater Park – both of which the village is the lead agency. Busti is also involved in a related project known as the Shadyside Avenue Pond Retrofit/New Pond Construction. Brickley noted that the town still remains on board with their project.

The purpose of all three projects in Lakewood and Busti are to help mitigate sediment and nutrient runoff into Chautauqua Lake. The runoff, the projects are intended mitigate, currently contributes to ongoing algal blooms and other weed related issues in the lake.

The projects are the result of an engineering study conducted in 2016 approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Facilities Corp.

The study revealed a long list of projects that would positively impact Chautauqua Lake.

During the public comment period of the meeting, several seasonal residents of Busti attended to show gratitude to the board for approving herbicide use over the recent summer months.

Many of them said the lake looked better than it has over the past 20 years. The group of residents also encouraged the board and other municpalities to utilize herbicides in the future.