Saturday, September 12, 2009


NORTH HARMONY - A special election was held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at North Harmony Town Hall. The question put to voters was whether the town should contract for studies that could allow for a sewer district along the lake. The results have yet to be announced.

The studies pertain to a proposed district along Route 394 and Chautauqua Lake, the southwest shore, for which federal funds will be sought.

On June 8, the town board adopted a resolution to do the studies that would include one with Tomlman Engineering, PLLC for an amount not to exceed $30,000 for maps and plans and one with Kucera International Inc., not to exceed $29,235 for aerial photography and a survey in case the funds are secured.

The ballot asked those voting if the town should spend money for the studies "for the availability of a sewer district to be formed ... in the event that federal stimulus or grant funding become available."

Only North Harmony registered and qualified voters were eligible to vote at the special election.

Because a sewer district opens up lake frontage to be further developed and allows for multiple family units to be erected on small parcels of land I do not think that a new sewer district would prevent further pollution of Chautauqua Lake. I feel it will contribute to further degradation of the watershed and certainly increase traffic on and around the lake front. I voted NO! The Lake is currently over developed and is being pushed to its limit.Only 10% of Chautauqua Lake's shoreline remains in a natural, undeveloped condition. The wetlands and streams that feed our lake and provide important wildlife habitat continue to be constricted by filling and channelization.

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