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.
Representatives from various area agencies gathered recently in Findley Lake to determine the best course of action with a sinkhole forming near Findley Lake. Pictured, from left, are: Fred Croscut, county legislator; Dave Wilson, Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation; Ron Holcomb, NRCS district conservationist for Chautauqua County Water Quality Task Force; Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed coordinator; David Himelein, county legislator; state Sen. Cathy Young; and Ed Mulkearn, Findley Lake Watershed Foundation president.
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.