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Looking To The Future

Mayville Board Eyes Development Along Waterfront

County and village officials are hopeful that new development projects are on the horizon that will help increase recreation and foot traffic along the Mayville waterfront. P-J file photos by Jay Young

MAYVILLE — The Mayville Village Board discussed potential plans for future development of its waterfront at its meeting Tuesday.

Mark Geise, deputy county executive for economic development, and Nate Aldrich, manager of the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth, briefed the board on the necessary planning and strategy involved for such a project.

Geise cited waterfront development efforts including those along the Chadakoin River in Jamestown and Canalside and Buffalo as examples of municipal projects that can drive tourism and local use of those areas.

Future projects might include adding facilities like public docks and kayak ramps, as well as development near Mayville Lakeside Park and the train depot.

The board granted The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake development project an extended special use permit, as construction has been delayed due to COVID-19.

Rock Shoreline Services of Mayville delivered a presentation for a new community dock that could be installed for use at The Lodge as well as by members of the public, increasing boat traffic to the village and aiding recreation in the area.

Rock constructed the new dock system in place at the Harbor Hotel in Celoron.

Mayor Ken Shearer noted that Mayville’s current public dock is useful for fishing and will remain in the water, but said that it is not ideal for boat parking.

In other business the board discussed security issues at the village recycling center. There have been cases of trash and other items being dropped off at the site inappropriately, and the board discussed the option of installing security cameras at the site.

The board also discussed a new state mandate regarding sick leave caused by COVID-19. The board must adopt the new state law regarding sick leave, but does have the option to expand coverage, such as to employees dealing with child care.

Village historian Devon Taylor delivered his yearly report to the board, which can be found at the village office.

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