JANUARY 28, 2019
The second regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lakewood, N.Y., was held Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:30 PM, with Deputy Mayor Edward J. McCague presiding. Trustees present were Ellen E. Barnes, Randall G. Holcomb, and Douglas L. Schutte. Also present were Village Clerk Joseph M. Johnson, Village Treasurer Andrea J. Windoft, Police Chief John R. Bentley, Village Attorney John I. LaMancuso, Department of Public Works Supervisor Thomas R. Pilling, Fire Chief Steve Smouse and Building Inspector Jeffrey A. Swanson.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by Trustee Barnes, seconded by Trustee Schutte, to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, held January 14, 2019.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
AUDIT OF CLAIMS
Motion by Trustee Schutte, seconded by Trustee Holcomb, that the claims as audited by the Auditing Committee of the abstracts dated January 28, 2019 be approved and that the Clerk shall execute said abstracts (#35 & #36) and direct payment by the Treasurer. Trust & Agency Fund: $ 59,221.05 (Checks #4633 thru #4644), General Fund: $ 88,506.62 (Checks #15364 thru #15391)
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
Department of Public Works Supervisor Thomas R. Pilling indicated he doesn’t have much to report this evening other than to say his department is carrying out regular maintenance activities in between snow storms.
Trustee Barnes commended Mr. Pilling and the entire DPW crew for the wonderful job they’ve done plowing and treating the village’s roads this winter.
Police Chief John R. Bentley reported the Lakewood-Busti Police Department has handled seven hundred ninety-two incidents year-to-date, four hundred thirteen of which have occurred the past two weeks and would like to take this opportunity to publically thank Mr. Rich Fischer, 43 West Fairmount Ave. for his generous donation to the K-9 Unit.
Fire Chief Steve Smouse reported that the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department responded to seventy-nine alarms during the month of December and sixty-five so far this month. Chief Smouse also reported that the new 2018 Sutphen Aerial Ladder truck has been placed into service and that LFD has received a letter of intent from the East Dunkirk Fire Department to purchase its old 1990 Simon-Duplex aerial ladder truck.
Building Inspector Jeff Swanson reported that he would like to go on record saying that funds should be appropriated to make the Anthony C. Caprino NYS Building Code compliant. He said moving tonight’s meeting to this upstairs auditorium is in direct violation to the posted maximum occupancy of 49. He said the exit in the northwest corner of the room leads to nowhere, which is onto the roof and into a HVHC unit, making this room for public assembly non-compliant, adding there is only one means of egress for over 49 people. This subject had been brought-up previously by the former Code Enforcement Officer and himself. Mr. Swanson said because this particular area for public assembly is in direct violation of the NYS Building & Fire Codes, he must remove himself from this meeting.
Trustee Holcomb said although he doesn’t have a committee report and because Town of Busti Supervisor Robbins is in attendance, why not ask him if the Village of Lakewood would be able to use the Town Hall to conduct meetings when it is expected there could be a considerably turn-out at future Board of Trustee meetings.
Town of Busti Supervisor Robbins said the Village of Lakewood is always welcome to make use of the Town of Busti’s Board Room on an as needed basis.
Motion by Trustee Holcomb, seconded by Trustee Barnes, to recess the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, so as to conduct a previously schedule public hearing.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
PUBLIC HEARING: 6:40 PM
REVIEW THE NEW YORK MAIN STREET MIXED-USE
PLAN FOR CHAUTAUQUA AVE.
Deputy Mayor McCague called the public hearing to order and asked if there was anyone to be heard regarding this plan as prepared by LaBella Associates, Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. McCague said the plan was reviewed by the Chautauqua County Division of Planning and Community Development who expressed a couple of comments, one of which he would like to read as follows. “The Chautauqua County Division of Planning & Community Development commends the Village of Lakewood for pursuing the adoption of a “Main Street Plan” through the New York Main Street Technical Assistance Grant. The proposed plan includes numerous recommendations that when implemented, could help to enhance the Chautauqua Ave. area, including updates to the zoning code and adoption of design guidelines and standards.”
Ms. Linda Swanson, 2 Vista Way, said she has read the plan and noted that it complements the Comprehensive Plan and dovetails well with other goals the Village of Lakewood has set. Good job.
With no one else to be heard Deputy Mayor McCague closed the public hearing at 6:43 PM.
RESOLUTION #16-2019 – ADOPT THE MAIN STREET/MIXED-USE BUILDING REUSE PLAN
Motion by Trustee Barnes, seconded by Trustee Holcomb, for the Village of Lakewood to adopt the Main Street/Mixed-Use Building Reuse Plan for Chautauqua Ave., as prepared by LaBella Associates, Buffalo, New York, and append to the Village of Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted January 9, 2017.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
RESOLUTION #17-2019 – ACCEPT THE NEW YORK MAIN STREET GRANT AWARD
Motion by Trustee Barnes, seconded by Trustee Schutte, for the Village of Lakewood to accept the New York Main Street grant award, (SHARS ID #20180100), in the amount of $ 340,492.00 and authorize Deputy Mayor McCague to execute the New York Main Street Program Grant Agreement between the Village of Lakewood and the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation. This particular grant award is in connection with the 2018 New York Main Street Target Area Building Renovation Program grant application for Chautauqua Ave.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
Both Village Treasurer Andrea J. Windoft and Deputy Mayor McCague wished to make it clear to those present that this particular grant award and the administration of it, will be completed at no cost to the Village of Lakewood taxpayers.
RESOLUTION #18-2019 – AUTHORIZE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
Motion by Trustee Schutte, seconded by Trustee Barnes, authorizing the Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Village of Lakewood to seek quotes for Requests for Proposals (RFP) from qualified consultants to administer the New York Main Street Program Grant Agreement.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
RESOLUTION #19-2019 – AUTHORIZE TRAINING SEMINAR ATTENDANCE
Motion by Trustee Holcomb, seconded by Trustee Barnes, for the Board of Trustees, acting as the Board Fire Commissioners, to authorize LFD
Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Hallberg, to attend a two (2) day training seminar for Rescue Task Force for EMS, to be held in Oriskany, N.Y., February 7th & 8th. Mr. Hallberg shall be reimbursed for any authorized expenses incurred.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
Mr. John Jablonski, 213 Spruce Street, respectfully requested that the Board of Trustees table agenda items #5 & #6 this evening. As a regular lake user he would like for the Board of Trustees to conduct a public hearing, on the NYS DEC permit process, in connection with the proposed application of aquatic herbicides to Chautauqua Lake, allowing residents to review the permit applications and findings statement before an informed decision on this matter is made. Mr. Jablonski said he has an issue with the types of aquatic herbicides to be used, in particular 2 4-D, which is a known carcinogen.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated all the Village of Lakewood is doing in considering agenda items #5 & #6 is approving the findings statement as prepared by Village Attorney LaMancuso and the two (2) NYS DEC permit applications for execution. He added, by going forward with the permit applications doesn’t mean the Board of Trustees approves the application of aquatic herbicides in targeted areas off and from Lakewood’s shorelines. He said the Board of Trustees will make that decision, following resident input at a public hearing, on the matter.
Village Attorney LaMancuso indicated that the Village of Lakewood hasn’t appropriated any funding for the application of aquatic herbicides off and from Lakewood’s shorelines. By approving the findings statement and the two (2) NYS DEC permit applications for submission, the Village of Lakewood is not committing itself to applying the aquatic herbicides. Rather, in submitting the information to the NYS DEC the Village of Lakewood is giving itself a chance to make that decision in a couple of months.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated because aquatic herbicide application is such an expensive proposition, even with the appropriate permits it is unknown whether the Village of Lakewood will be able to afford to do it. All the Board of Trustees is trying to do is offer that option to the community.
Ms. Mary Seger, 31 Winchester Road, asked Deputy Mayor McCague if the information in the findings statement referenced in agenda item #5 is something we residents need to know about.
Village Attorney LaMancuso said the Village of Lakewood may make the findings statement available to anyone interested via a “hard copy” and suggested that it be put on the village’s web site. He added the findings statement does touch on information also contained in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) which can be found on the Town of Ellery’s web site.
Mr. Tom Simmons, 104 Sunset Ave., asked if the Village of Lakewood opts to apply aquatic herbicides off and from its shorelines, does it also want to take on the liability of applying poisons to Chautauqua Lake.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated at this point the Village of Lakewood isn’t taking on any additional liability by applying for the proper permits. The decision to apply or not apply aquatic herbicides will be made following a public hearing at a later date.
Mr. Phillip “Flip” Yates, 9 Oakland Ave., suggested that the Village of Lakewood proceed with the permit process, because “we” need to do what “we” can to save the lake. Although the various lake organizations have all presented their sides, pro and con with respect to aquatic herbicide application, the lake needs help so “we” need to proceed.
RESOLUTION #20-2019 – APPROVE FINDINGS STATEMENT RE: NYS DEC PERMIT APPLICATION
Motion by Trustee Barnes, seconded by Trustee Schutte, for the Board of Trustees to approve the Findings Statement as prepared by Village Attorney LaMancuso as it relates to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permit applications regarding a proposal to apply aquatic herbicides in targeted areas of Chautauqua Lake off of and from the Village of Lakewood’s shoreline and to authorize Deputy Mayor McCague to execute the same.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
RESOLUTION #21-2019 – APPROVE & SUBMIT NYS DEC PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Motion by Trustee Barnes, seconded by Trustee Holcomb, for the Board of Trustees to approve and submit two (2) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permit applications as prepared by the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, (CLP) regarding a proposal to apply aquatic herbicides in targeted areas of Chautauqua Lake off of and from the Village of Lakewood’s shoreline and to authorize Deputy Mayor McCague to execute the same.
Adopted: 4 ayes, no nays (Barnes, Holcomb, McCague, Schutte)
Mr. Martin Willow, 97 East Terrace Ave., asked Mr. McCague how extensive is the targeted areas to be treated with the aquatic herbicides.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated to Mr. Willow the targeted areas for treatment are very specific and are depicted on a map that accompanied the permit applications. He noted the largest section specified for treatment is at the east end of the Village of Lakewood towards Burtis Bay.
With no other questions or comments regarding agenda items #5 and #6, and moving onto agenda items #7 and #8 Deputy Mayor McCague wished to read a few excerpts from the Village of Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan. He said during the development of the plan through input from residents, they wanted the Village of Lakewood to become proactive when it comes to Chautauqua Lake’s water quality. Under the heading Environment of the Comprehensive Plan the following goals and/or objectives were noted. Goal L: To become a leader in the reclamation of Chautauqua Lake and protection of a sustainable, quality environment. Objective L-2: Control runoff into Chautauqua Lake by developing storm water management infrastructure. Objective L-3: Prevent erosion by adopting regulations for storm water management and erosion control. Objective L-4: Facilitate the natural absorption of stormwater by conserving, enhancing, restoring natural stream corridors, floodplains and wetlands. He said the initiative taken by the Village of Lakewood was born in the Comprehensive Plan. These goals and objectives listed in the Comprehensive Plan were given the highest priority and shortest timeframe to address.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated the Village of Lakewood teamed-up with the Town of Busti, the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance and Chautauqua County, resulting in the development and presentation of a Stormwater Management Engineering Study Report, by Barton & LoGuidice, D.P.C., Rochester, N.Y. Mr. McCague indicated the report was very thorough with the development of six potential stormwater management projects. The project list was whittled down to three, two of which are within the Village of Lakewood, namely the Lowe Park Stream Daylighting Project and the Village Square (Chautauqua Ave.) Green Streetscape Project.
Deputy Mayor McCague then turned over the project presentations to Ms. Erin Brickley, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance, (CLWMA).
Ms. Brickley indicated to those present she is going to review a few particulars of each of the projects as proposed and briefly explain how the Village of Lakewood and CLWMA got to this point.
Ms. Brickley said the CLWMA is overseen by Chautauqua County and is comprised by thirty-one founding members, including the Village of Lakewood and the Town of Busti. Its mission is to promote lake management by collaborating with lake organizations, municipalities and other stakeholders, to facilitate project implementation, secure project funding and allocate resources. She said the CLWMA also provides grant writing and administration services and ensures that project completion is on time and under budget.
Ms. Brickley said she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management. Her colleague and Project Manager, Mr. Randall Perry holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Earth Sciences.
The CLWMA’s focus is the connection between the land and water with the overriding goal of reducing and controlling the influx of various nutrients into Chautauqua Lake. Some examples of where the CLWMA assisted on watershed projects include streambank stabilizations on Prendergast Creek, Bemus Creek, and Goose Creek, to name a few. Another project the CLWMA is proud of is the new break wall and boardwalk at Celoron Park.
Ms. Brickley indicated that the CLWMA also has assisted with in-lake projects with the purchase of two (2) lake skimmers for deployment in 2020 and has provided financial assistance to the Chautauqua Lake Association towards their weed harvesting operations in 2018-2019. The CLWMA has also procured funding for planned aquatic herbicide application projects in 2019 and for the clean-up of Burtis Bay. The key take-away is for the CLWMA to balance long term strategies with short term strategies in managing the symptoms of invasive lake weeds and harmful alga blooms (HAB).
She said documents which greatly assisted Barton & LoGuidice, D.P.C. in producing their Lakewood-Busti Stormwater Management Engineering Study Report, were the Village of Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan, Chautauqua Lake Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP), the Chautauqua County’s Comprehensive and various engineering studies.
Ms. Brickley said, as Deputy Mayor McCague indicated, the Village of Lakewood and Town of Busti agreed to undertake a joint stormwater engineering study, carried out by Barton & LoGuidice, D.P.C. and completed in May 2018, with the help of a $ 100,000.00 grant. She said unlike some studies that just end up on a shelf, it will be important to implement the stormwater management projects that have been identified. She said if all six (6) projects identified were implemented, there would be an annual mitigation of 561 lbs. of phosphorus and 177.5 tons of sediment. Although no one project is going to “fix” Chautauqua Lake, it is going to take a cumulative impact of multiple projects over time.
Ms. Brickley said the grants that have been awarded to the Village of Lakewood were very competitive and that the two (2) Lakewood grant requests received perfect scores from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
The Chautauqua Ave. Green Main Street Retrofit project will incorporate green infrastructure benefits while providing economic development, plus revitalizing the charm of Chautauqua Ave. Ninety percent of the project costs are covered by the $ 695,000.00 grant, with a local match of $ 77,000.00.
The Lowe Park Stream Daylighting project is designed to remove sediment and slow down the velocity of the stormwater now entering Chautauqua Lake. It would replace the underground stormwater sluice pipe with an open stream channel leading through a terraced system of rain gardens. Site amenities would include a bike rack, bench and pavilions. Ms. Brickley said seventy-five percent of the $ 341,000.00 project will be covered by the $ 256,000.00 grant, with a local match of $ 85,000.00.
Ms. Brickley said she is pleased to say that Chautauqua County has authorized a $ 450,000.00, five year, no interest loan to the Village of Lakewood, to remove the burden of having to bond for these projects.
She said the next step in the grant process will be for the Village of Lakewood to consider accepting the two (2) grants as awarded, proceed with the contracts and the formation of project teams. Because these projects are in a preliminary design phase, once an engineering firm is selected, community members will be able to offer their input in arriving at a final version.
Ms. Brickley indicated each of these projects, when constructed, will present future maintenance concerns. Maintaining the Chautauqua Ave. project will require proper care of the permeable pavers and native plantings, while the Lowe Park will demand periodic cleaning of the sediment trap or vortech chamber and the terraced rain garden channels.
Ms. Brickley concluded her presentation by saying this is a very exciting time for the Village of Lakewood. In addition to being a member of the CLWMA, there is New York State and local funding is available for these projects, and based on its past record the CLWMA intends to see these projects through to their conclusion, on time and under budget. She added that New York State, Chautauqua County and the CLWMA are here to assist.
Deputy Mayor McCague thanked Ms. Brickley for her thorough presentation and proceeded to open the discussion on these projects, with questions and comments first from members of the Board of Trustees, followed by those from the general public. He asked that questions and comments be project specific, with the Lowe Park project first, and the Chautauqua Ave. projects second.
Trustee Schutte asked Ms. Brickley, because the Lowe Park project mainly entails sediment reduction and public access to Chautauqua Ave., he questioned whether the pavilions being proposed as part of the project, would be necessary.
Ms. Brickley said this a great example where conversations can be held between the project team and the engineering firm to adjust the design work and come up with an acceptable alternative. Changes in the final design work can happen as long it is within the scope of project and its budget.
Trustee Schutte asked Ms. Brickley if she would name the other three (3) projects making up the six (6) that were originally selected.
Ms. Brickley indicated the three other projects were located on private property including the Rod & Gun Club Stormwater Management Area, the Pond Retrofit project off Shadyside Road, and the Streambank Restoration project running parallel to Hillcrest Ave., which would have involved forty property owners.
Trustee Schutte said the selection of the projects appears to have hinged on property owner approval and although the Rod & Gun Club project, which they elected not to participate in, involved the management of stormwater from a creek which deposits a tremendous of upstream sediment into the lake. He said unless there is cooperation from the property owner the project cannot move forward.
Ms. Brickley said the Rod & Gun Club project would have been wonderful to implement, however she is hopeful the Rod & Gun Club might one day reconsider this project. The CLWMA will let the Rod & Gun Club know they are here to find funding for such projects and that the onus would not necessarily be on them to fund this project sometime in the future.
Trustee Barnes said there are three major tributaries that discharge into Chautauqua Lake within the Village of Lakewood, Crescent Creek, the creek adjacent to the Rod & Gun Club and the creek near Brook Street. She noted there has always been a problem with the creek, between the mall and Wal-Mart flooding. Trustee Barnes asked if the engineers looked at any potential projects near the mall, or higher up within the watershed that could mitigate the amount of water which makes its way into that creek. She said it appears that the projects selected may beautify the area but will have very little impact on reducing the amount of sediment that reaches the lake.
Ms. Brickley indicated to Trustee Barnes that a stormwater management project near the southeast corner of the Chautauqua Mall property was being considered however it didn’t make it to the design phase.
Trustee Barnes said it is her opinion there are a lot of unknowns with respect to the Chautauqua Ave. Green Streetscape project. She attended a meeting with Chautauqua Ave. merchants earlier in the day and some were concerned with how long will the street be closed and/or how long their respective businesses could be impacted.
Trustee Barnes then asked about how often will the vortex chamber and rain garden, components of the Lowe Park project, need to be cleaned.
Mr. David R. Hanny, CPESC, CPSWQ, LEED AP, of Barton & LoGuidice, D.P.C., indicated the vortech chamber will need to be cleaned out once or twice per year, however the rain garden, once established is pretty much a self-reliant system.
Trustee Holcomb indicated the only concerns he has with the Lowe Park project is post-construction maintenance and how it may add to the current responsibilities carried out by the Department of Public Works employees. He said details on maintaining these projects should be known up front.
Ms. Brickley said if at some point maintenance of the Lowe Park stormwater system becomes too much for the DPW to undertake, the CLWMA could bring in volunteers to do some in-kind services if necessary. She noted between now and when construction is expected to take place in about eighteen months, there will be time to work out issues such as this.
Trustee Holcomb indicated at a previous meeting of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Dan Evans, 224 West Summit Street, expressed concern about the delta of gravel and sediment that has formed in the lake at the creek/stormwater outfall located between 218 & 220 West Summit Street. He asked Ms. Brinkley if she could address that particular situation.
Ms. Brickley said Barton & LoGuidice, D.C.P., collected engineering data from each of the tributaries leading into Chautauqua Lake in determining the top six projects and agreed there are other outfalls within the watershed that need attention. She noted, moving forward with the projects as presented could set-up the Village of Lakewood for success with other grant opportunities in the future.
Trustee Schutte asked if it is safe to say the CLMWA selected projects with the least resistance due to time constraints and by completing these projects, could open the door for other grant opportunities in the future.
Ms. Brickley said three of the six projects are on public property, with the other three on private property. The CLMWA choose to select those located on public property.
Mr. Hanny indicated, to second what Ms. Brickley said previously, these grant opportunities are extremely competitive. To be awarded these grants speaks volumes that the respective NYS agencies recognize the merit of the projects. He has found that once a municipality has been awarded a particular grant and successfully implemented a project, it creates additional opportunities for future grant funded projects.
When asked by Trustee Schutte, how many 90% grants had he seen, Mr. Hanny said that is the best funding allocation given to such programs, adding a lot are only at 50%.
Deputy Mayor McCague said if there are no more questions or comments from the Board of Trustees, he open the floor to the public.
Mr. David G. Bargar, 11 Sunset Ave., said because both projects are located on public property, is he correct in saying any extraordinary costs associated with them will be the responsibility of the local taxpayer. He said because they are listed separately on the agenda, he suspects they will be acted on separately.
Mr. Bargar indicated the numbers he read in the report indicated there would be little if any nitrates, phosphorus and sediment removed from the stormwater via this project, which begs the question, is it just a beautification project.
Ms. Brickley indicated to Mr. Bargar that according to the water quality figures contained in the report this project will reduce phosphorous entering the lake by 43.7 lbs./year and reduce sediment entering the lake by 16.4 tons/year.
Mr. John Jablonski, 213 Spruce Street, would like to commend all those who have been involved with moving these worthy projects forward. He said the 43.7 lbs. of phosphorus equates to approximately 24 tons of “wet algae” that otherwise would wash up on the nearby shoreline. He said keeping 16.4 tons of sediment out of the lake is also very significant. He said this project provides the Village of Lakewood with a wonderful opportunity to help lakefront homeowners.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated that this project is just a first step in a long term plan in dealing with nutrients and sediments that enter the lake via the many tributaries. We as a lakeside community must attack the problem as time and funding will allow.
Mr. Sam Whitmore, 34 Ohio Ave., has listened to others who have said there are more impactful projects other than the ones selected that should have been considered. He asked Ms. Brickley if the Village of Lakewood declines one or both of these projects could those decisions affect future applications for grants.
Ms. Brickley implied if the projects aren’t accepted by the Village of Lakewood it would likely decrease the chances of getting future grants.
Deputy Mayor McCague said if the Village of Lakewood runs the risk of harming its chances of getting future grants via the grant opportunities before us, the village would be shooting itself in the foot.
Mr. Martin Willow, 97 East Terrace Ave., said if these projects are successful, could it possibly eliminate the need for herbicide treatment in the future.
Ms. Brickley answered no it won’t, adding it will be necessary to do both. Attack the cause by reducing the amount of nutrients and sediments that enter the lake plus carry-out in-lake maintenance.
Mr. Willow said either way, it is a “no brainer”.
Mr. David Menzies, 68 East Terrace Ave., said it appears that the funding for both projects has been sought out and appropriated, and will disappear if the projects aren’t approved. It doesn’t make sense to go through this whole process if the Board of Trustees doesn’t approve it. Mr. Menzies encouraged each member of the Board of Trustees to consider your vote on these projects very carefully.
Trustee Barnes indicated for the record that she previously voted no to move forward on the project applications, citing an unknown cost to the taxpayer that must be taken into account.
Deputy Mayor McCague said the Village of Lakewood has already invested in these projects through the partnerships with the Town of Busti, Chautauqua County and the CLMWA, in moving forward with the Stormwater Management Engineering Study Report, which each partner has contributed to. Cost of the report totaled $ 135,000.00, which was off-set by $ 100,000.00 in grant funding.
Trustee Barnes asked how was the science for this project done to calculate the various levels of nutrients, phosphorus, and sediment listed in the report.
Mr. Hanny said some of the information is taken from modeling figures approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) along with field reconnaissance work.
Ms. Melanie Gritters, 19 Fairwood Dr., said it is noble to think of how these projects might impact taxpayers in the future, however it could be worse if the Village of Lakewood does nothing. She suggested the Village of Lakewood start with what can be done now so the bigger problem can be addressed later on. It wouldn’t be feasible to stop now and waste what has already been invested.
Dr. Rudy Mueller, 7 Sunset Ave., said it is imperative to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters Chautauqua Lake. He said the application of aquatic herbicides and dredging as a means to address the invasive weed problem is much too costly. It is much more cost effective to do preventive lake maintenance. Dr. Mueller believes the Village of Lakewood can take a leadership role in preserving the quality of Chautauqua Lake. He said funding from New York State won’t always be available and these projects provide a wonderful opportunity for the Village of Lakewood. In closing Dr. Mueller said he hopes each member of the Board of Trustees supports these projects, adding it would be a big mistake not to approve them both.
Ms. Mary Seger, 31 Winchester Road, said after listening to Ms. Brickley’s presentation, these projects having support from New York State, Chautauqua County, and the CLMWA, and with the zero interest loan as approved by the Chautauqua County Legislator, the Village of Lakewood cannot allow itself to think small. To turn around and kick that money back to NYS and thumb our nose at the County Legislator’s loan, because there are a few minor maintenance concerns is sad. She said these projects, although small, represent a big start for the Village of Lakewood to become a leader to clean-up our beloved Chautauqua Lake.
Mr. David G. Bargar, 11 Sunset Ave., indicated that he has a little “food for thought” for those who will be preparing the Village of Lakewood budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Mr. Bargar indicated if the Village of Lakewood approves both projects, it would require additional funding to consider completing the remaining projects selected by the CLMWA. He said how can the project on Chautauqua Ave., which he believes has the least impact with respect to the flow of nutrients and sediment to Chautauqua Lake, without addressing the more impactful projects. Although Chautauqua Lake is our “golden goose” there needs to be a commitment from our elected officials to reduce property taxes. Decisions made this evening represent a financial commitment that involve more than Chautauqua Ave. and Lowe Park. Former Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and current County Executive George Borrello have done their best to reduce the tax rate in an effort to make the Village of Lakewood an affordable place to live. However, as the population of Chautauqua County declines, how are taxpayers going to be able to afford to live here.
Mr. Bargar said of the six projects selected, the Chautauqua Ave. and Lowe Park projects appear to be the least beneficial when it comes to improving the quality of Chautauqua Lake. If the two projects are approved this evening, that’s great. But with that, some discussion has ensued to establish an additional taxing district or authority for lakeside property owners. He said this extra taxing measure has worked in other lakeside communities, however it raises the question of another taxing authority.
Mr. Bargar said the topic of the Village of Lakewood’s 2019-2020 budget will be front and center the next couple of months, noting there are $ 100,000.00 worth of efficiencies that could be implemented. Please urge members of the Board of Trustees to stop continuing tax increases that are spiraling out of control and to find internal savings for lake projects that will actually save the lake. The responsible choice for the future of Lakewood will be to fund project expenses with existing tax revenue.
Mr. P.J. Wendel, Chautauqua County Legislator for the Village of Lakewood wanted to make it known that he was never contacted about the possibility of the Chautauqua County Legislature authorizing a no interest loan to the Village of Lakewood with respect to these projects. With the overwhelming support of Chautauqua County, he would have at least appreciated an e-mail regarding this matter. Approval of this loan did not receive a unanimous vote by the legislature, because this whole funding idea goes against the principal of Chautauqua County loaning money to a municipality. For the past four years Chautauqua County has lowered taxes.
Legislator Wendel said his concern about the Lowe Park project is if the amount of sediment removed from the tributary is going to be measured. He said he has reservations about jumping into certain projects when it appears there are more beneficial projects higher upstream in the watershed. He said there are a lot of questions we don’t have answers to. He said if there is no guarantee on how much sediment doesn’t enter the lake, how can it be said NYS isn’t going to provide additional funding in the future if these projects aren’t approved. That is a very challenging statement to make. He said it is unfortunate, but just because two individuals disagree on a particular stance or subject, doesn’t mean they become enemies. No one on the Board of Trustees or the Chautauqua County Legislature has an easy job, but at least respect each other knowing the decisions made this evening were informed ones.
RESOLUTION #22-2019 – ACCEPT LOWE PARK LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION GRANT
Motion by Trustee Schutte, seconded by Trustee Holcomb, to accept a NYS Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grant, CFA #82727, in the amount of $255,951.00, awarded to the Village of Lakewood under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund for the Lowe Park Green Infrastructure Improvements Project.
Ayes: 2, (Schutte, McCague), Nays: 2, (Barnes, Holcomb)
Deputy Mayor McCague said moving onto item #8 on this evening’s agenda, he asked if members of the Board of Trustees have any questions or comments concerning the proposed Chautauqua Ave. Green Street Retrofit Project through the Green Innovation Grant Program, (GIGP).
Trustee Holcomb asked Ms. Brickley what will be the total cost of the Chautauqua Ave. project and is it true it will only remove 400 lbs., (two wheelbarrows) of sediment annually.
Ms. Brickley indicated the total project cost will be approximately $ 772,000.00, $ 695,000.00 of the total, or 90% will be paid for by the grant with a local match of $ 77,000.00. She said this particular project is considered to be more of an economic development and educational outreach type project, rather than a sediment and nutrient removal project. Each of the six projects that made it to the design phase has its strengths and weaknesses.
Trustee Barnes said there are still some unknowns about this project being proposed for Chautauqua Ave. Having spoken with DPW Supervisor Thomas R. Pilling, maintaining this new stormwater drainage system and new surface is going to require specific pieces of equipment. She said there still are questions as to how this type of permeable surface holds-up over time.
Trustee Barnes asked Mr. Pilling if he has any information from other communities where these type of permeable pavers have been used.
Mr. Pilling indicated the Village of Lake George, N.Y. has used permeable blacktop, however over time it settles and the surface becomes cupped. In Warrenville, IL, a permeable blacktop road was constructed about eight years ago, however it’s been decided to rip-out the permeable blacktop and reconstruct the road with standard blacktop/macadam. He said it is understood that the permeable blocks or pavement is going to require additional maintenance, which involves sweeping, vacuuming and possibly replacing grout between the blocks.
Trustee Schutte indicated it should be noted that there are two full vacuum machines in the area, one being at the Chautauqua Institution and the other one at the Town of Ellicottville.
Ms. Brickley indicated that during the design phase of this project the engineer can choose where permeable pavers could or should be installed.
Mr. Pilling indicated that in Warrenville, IL they experienced problems with the permeable macadam in the traffic lanes, however they have elected to maintain the permeable surfaces in the parking areas.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated that as the engineering process unfolds those kind of considerations could be included in the engineering report before any work on the project commences.
Trustee Schutte asked Mr. Hanny if he is aware of some of the issues that Mr. Pilling spoke to.
Mr. Hanny said in Warrenville, IL it was an early on project in utilizing these new permeable pavers. With emerging technology there might be completely different design standards and specifications today than there was ten years ago. These type of systems are only as good as their sub-base and believes a lot has changed since these products were first introduced.
Trustee Schutte said then it could be determined not to use the permeable surfaces in the high traffic areas, where it is more likely to be damaged. If more asphalt is used, because Chautauqua Ave. needs to be re-paved, would it be possible to extend the proposed two block project area.
Ms. Brickley indicated there is some wiggle room, with NYS approval, in connection with the project’s design. There is also some room for change when it comes to deciding what type of plantings people desire.
Trustee Schutte said business owners are concerned about the construction timetable and how road closings may impact accessibility to their places of business. He asked if some of the construction work could be done in stages so access to storefronts can be maintained for the most part.
Mr. Hanny said work can be staged seasonally to minimize its impact on the business community. It may be possible to start the project in the fall and complete the work the following spring.
Trustee Barnes asked how long on average might it take for a two block section of roadway to be completely reconstructed, infrastructure and all. A lot of businesses along Chautauqua Ave. rely on their customers being able to park close by.
Mr. Hanny said it could be a three month process, beginning after Labor Day, with the work done in stages, again to minimize its impact on local businesses.
Deputy Mayor McCague and DPW Supervisor Pilling briefly discussed the costs to pave Chautauqua Ave. from the railroad tracks north to Terrace Ave., pave the two block area, and the use of CHIPS funding for this project, and other qualifying projects.
Trustee Schutte said it appears the current paver blocks along Chautauqua Ave. are in need of some maintenance or even replacement.
Trustee Barnes said with any type of paver blocks comes the maintenance issue when weeds and grass begin to grow up between them.
Deputy Mayor McCague reminded everyone the estimate to replace the trees that died along Chautauqua Ave. and were removed, was in excess of $ 70,000.00. This project includes trees/shrubs and plantings.
Trustee Holcomb said Crescent Creek has been a major source of sediment being discharged in Chautauqua Lake which creates a real problem for those living near its outfall, especially when it comes to trying to use their docks in the summertime. How can it be said that Chautauqua Ave. project is beneficial when it is really more of a beautification project. Because is only keeping 400 lbs. of sediment out of the lake annually, wouldn’t this money be more wisely spent on Crescent Creek.
Ms. Brickley said Crescent Creek is currently in line for a different type of stormwater management project and it is not to say that there aren’t other projects that would have had more of an impact than the one proposed for Chautauqua Ave.
Trustee Barnes said when the top six projects were selected and announced, she was disappointed that one of them didn’t include the stream located between the Chautauqua Mall and Wal-Mart.
Trustee Holcomb wondered how the talk of possibly taking out a bond to fund these projects became a no interest loan from Chautauqua County.
Ms. Brickley said during the early discussions on the engineering study and proposed projects, everyone said the study was well done and were agreeable to the projects. The one concern was, how to fund them. Ms. Brickley said she took it upon herself to discuss this matter of a possible loan from the county, with County Executive George Borrello, who is a CLWMA board member. Ms. Brickley said she also had a conversation with Deputy Mayor McCague. She went to the County Executive with this in an effort to remove, what she saw as the Village of Lakewood’s biggest barrier in approving this project.
Trustee Barnes said she has some serious questions on how this loan will actually work and would like to see some details.
Ms. Linda Swanson, 2 Vista Way, said she was very disheartened not to see the Lowe Park project approved, because that was going to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients that get discharged into the lake. Now, the Board of Trustees will need to look at the Chautauqua Ave. project in a different way, as an economic development project. She said New York State is whimsical on how they structure grant opportunities. For ten years the County has set-up projects for towns and villages by working in a public and private partnership to fund the CLWMA, which has the capacity to write grants and to set-up projects such as this.
Ms. Swanson said she is disappointed that the Village of Lakewood is so short sighted to turn down this money. Not only does it reflect poorly on the Village of Lakewood, it also impacts Chautauqua County’s ability to go out and get funding. It is really hard for Chautauqua County to get money and to think the Village of Lakewood could just walk away from it, after all the work that has gone into trying to get it.
New York State and Chautauqua County believe in the Village of Lakewood, why can’t the Village of Lakewood believe in itself? She believes the Village of Lakewood can work through maintenance issues or other problems that may arise.
If the Board of Trustees decides to turn this project down, she believes the Village of Lakewood will never have this opportunity presented to them again. The Village of Lakewood will be known as the municipality that can’t get its act together. Unfortunately the Village of Lakewood is already looked at as being dysfunctional throughout the county. In closing Ms. Swanson said she already dreads reading The Post-Journal tomorrow if both grants are voted down, and highly recommended that the Board of Trustees accept this grant.
Mr. Paul DeFrisco, owner of 113-119 Chautauqua Ave., said per Mr. Pilling’s comments, the Chautauqua Ave., project may pose some known and unknown maintenance issues that could end up costing money. He said as owner of the laundromat at 115 Chautauqua Ave., he has concerns about how this project is going to impact his business. If it is too inconvenient for his customers, they may end up going somewhere else. He said right now there are just too many unknowns.
Ms. Leslie Calimeri, Chautauqua Art Gallery, 104 Chautauqua Ave., said either way, it sounds like the section of Chautauqua Ave. in front of her business is going to reconstructed or paved in the near future. From what has been said it sounds like there will be times for public input from residents and business owners regarding this project. Ms. Calimeri said it would be helpful for everyone, if the proposed construction timelines could be posted on the Village of Lakewood’s web-site when the time comes.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated that property owners and business owners will definitely be notified of any meetings when public input is desired, as well as the construction timetable when it is announced.
Trustee Holcomb asked who will be making the final decision on where certain materials will be used for this project.
Ms. Brickley indicated those decisions will be made by the project team, she referenced earlier, along with members of the community.
Mr. Phillip “Flip” Yates, 9 Oakland Ave., said with the grant practically in the Village of Lakewood’s pocket, he wanted to say yes to the whole thing, but believes there are larger projects that could have benefited more. To spend that kind of money on a two block section of road doesn’t make sense to him.
Mr. Rich Fischer, 43 West Fairmount Ave., said according to Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, permeable pavers tend to be noisier, they are slippery when wet, they are expensive to install and costly to maintain. He then asked the question, how much more money will it cost to install the permeable pavers versus using blacktop. Mr. Fischer said pavers also create problems for some bikers. He then asked how many members of the Board of Trustees, besides Mr. McCague, were made aware of the pending loan from Chautauqua County. Mr. Fischer said it is wrong to keep information from and/or exclude certain members of the Board of Trustees from things they should be made aware of.
Deputy Mayor McCague interjected saying, he has made monumental efforts to be open and transparent with this Board and doesn’t hold information back from any members of the Board of Trustees. In this particular matter he wasn’t aware of the loan until another Trustee showed-up at a sub-committee meeting and started arguing against these projects. Although he did know there might be an effort from the County to help out the Village of Lakewood financially with these projects, he was not involved in the negotiations, didn’t know the terms or was involved in discussions.
Trustee Barnes said she was the other Trustee who learned about the possible loan from members of the County Legislature, but didn’t find out through Village of Lakewood sources.
Deputy Mayor McCague did say, after he found out about the loan, he did speak to members of the County Legislature to thank them for their support.
Dr. Rudy Mueller, 7 Sunset Ave., current Town of Busti Councilman and former County Legislature, indicated it was an amazing gesture by the CLWMA, to approach Chautauqua County, for financial assistance for the Village of Lakewood. He said it is next to impossible to get a zero interest loan for any local municipality. Dr. Mueller said this loan is an amazing gift from the County and the Village of Lakewood should be grateful. He then thanked the County, the CLWMA, and Ms. Linda Swanson for her clear and moving comments. Looking at Trustee Holcomb, Dr. Mueller said, Randy you are our swing vote.
Mr. P.J. Wendel wanted to make it clear that after speaking with members of the County’s legal team, terms of this loan have not yet been determined.
Ms. Brickley although some of the terms may have not yet been determined, the resolution reflects the amount, term and percent of the loan were identified.
Trustee Barnes said the Board of Trustees do not know what the impact of this loan on Lakewood’s budget, following recent tax increases. It is necessary to look down the road five to ten years. To do a mile of this type of pavement would cost around 5 million dollars and we as a village don’t have that kind of money. Although there are no plans to do so, to maximize the effectiveness of this two block project, it would seem logical to eventually add and connect more permeable surfaces.
Mr. Saw Whitmore, 34 Ohio Ave., asked Mr. Hanny if increasing the amount of standard blacktop used, versus permeable surfaces, negatively impact the stormwater drainage and overall purpose of this project.
Mr. Hanny indicated the stormwater would still drain into the catch basin system, which would likely produce similar results.
Mr. Whitmore said as a business owner on Chautauqua Ave., implore the Board of Trustees to accept this project/grant. He said Chautauqua Ave. needs to be beautified anyway, because currently it is in very poor condition. Mr. Whitmore said he is willing to accept the disruption and any slowdown this project will create if it means when the work is completed it will have been worth it. He said it sounds like members of the community as a whole along with the project team, will have a say in determining some of the components of the project.
Mr. Jay Yaggie, 90 West Summit Street, asked Trustee Barnes where exactly did she come up with the 5 million dollar price tag to construct a mile of a permeable surface roadway, because that was not part of this evening’s discussion.
Trustee Barnes indicated that she took the 550 lineal feet of the proposed permeable surface at a cost of $ 772,000.00 and calculated what approximately a mile would cost. She said part of the bigger picture of this project is to set an example for other communities within Chautauqua County to undertake similar projects. For this project to have a bigger impact on reducing the amount of nutrients and sediment that reach the lake, it would make sense to expand it along the Chautauqua Ave, corridor someday. She has nothing against funding a beautification project, but this is a very expensive one that comes with post construction maintenance costs. Trustee Barnes said if the Village of Lakewood wanted to expand it, doing so wouldn’t be affordable.
Mr. Yaggie said the topic of conversation this evening is about reconstructing two blocks of Chautauqua Ave. and wondered if folks are thinking of the consequences if the Village of Lakewood doesn’t accept this project and the grant. There has been talk of increasing taxes, population decline, and falling property values.
This project will be a minimal cost improvement to the community, saying there are always going to be maintenance issues. Also, roads need to be replaced every ten years no matter what. Our elected officials must look at the big picture instead of being short sighted.
Trustee Barnes said she is serious about additional burdens on the taxpayers, because if the Chautauqua Mall should face financial stress in the future, there could be a request for an assessment reduction. If that should happen, any extra tax burden would have to be passed onto the other property owners. Financially, the Village of Lakewood isn’t in a position to add to its debt. Any extra costs that this project may create invariably will be passed onto the taxpayer. In closing, Trustee Barnes commended everyone who has worked so hard to present these projects, but what impact will they have down the road. We must ask ourselves can we, the Village of Lakewood afford to do this right now.
Mr. Yaggie said by not moving this project forward today, we won’t have the opportunity of at least looking at some options at project alternatives when it comes to what materials to use.
Mr. Martin Willow, 97 East Terrace Ave., said he has two words for folks to consider. Vision and f,u,d. Vision is what we have and what we are moving away from, replacing it with f,u,d, which stands for fear, uncertainty and doubt. F,u,d, kills vision!!!
Trustee Schutte, said communities, with a thriving population, strong tax bases, great school districts, all have one thing in common, namely aesthetics. A great community is made up of three components, residents, businesses and local government. Being in business is a risk and at some point the Village of Lakewood needs to determine if it is a greater risk to do nothing or to make investments. How better for the Village of Lakewood to make investments then when New York State is picking-up 90% of the tab. If we don’t have the creativity and intellect to handle some minor maintenance issues than shame on us.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated back in 2004 the Local Community Development Corporation (LCDC), with some hard work, and with the help of local foundations, businesses and other governmental entities, conducted a citizen driven campaign to raise 2.3 million dollars for the reconstruction of the Chautauqua Ave. corridor. In addition to a new curbed street, the work included a new water main, new sidewalks, underground power lines, trees, pavers and streetscape amenities. That project was much bigger than what is now being proposed through this grant. He said 90% of this project is being paid for by a grant from New York State.
There is no question that businesses along Chautauqua Ave., and their customers experienced some inconvenience while the road was being reconstructed. However upon completion, economic development flourished. He noted the Main Street/Mixed-Use Building Reuse Analysis Plan and Main Street Grant for Chautauqua Ave. that were approved earlier this evening is just another part of a bigger plan for Chautauqua Ave.
Following is a letter the Village Clerk received from Mr. John Shedd, 7 Walnut Street, who asked that it be part of the minutes of tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting.
I apologize that I am unable to attend this important meeting, where you will be discussing the important project to improve the Village of Lakewood along Chautauqua Ave., while creating a component of a long term environmentally sustainable approach to solving our problems with poor water quality in Chautauqua Lake.
I am a 26 year Lakewood resident of 7 Walnut Street. I am the former Chairman of the Citizens for the Betterment of Lakewood, and the former Chairman of the Lakewood Development Corporation. I also currently serve on the Planning Board for the Village of Lakewood. I am a licensed architect and I serve as the Vice President of Campus Planning & Operations for Chautauqua Institution.
The use of semi-permeable surfaces, structural engineered soils and indigenous plantings to improve storm-water management has been around for decades, but the technology has significantly improved every year. The benefits of using these products in a holistic design like the plans for Chautauqua Ave. start simply with the aesthetics of the finished product. The color contrasts created by the combination of varied semi-permeable paver patterns creates a highly appealing appearance, while positively catching the attention of vehicle drivers, occupants and pedestrians. This improved aesthetic environment will likely draw customers to the various businesses along the Avenue and result in positive revenue increases for business owners there, increasing the attractiveness of Chautauqua Ave. to other future vendors who will then provide even more attractive offerings for our residents and the region. The color contrasts also offer an element of improved safety….when vehicles approach a changing surface like the proposed variable colors, patterns and textures that are included in the design for Chautauqua Ave., they typically slow-down and become more aware of pedestrians and vehicle traffic. This is very important for pedestrian and vehicle safety for such a vibrant community. But if the aesthetic beauty of the project weren’t enough to convince the community to accept the project, the considerable environmental benefits for Chautauqua Lake should provide additional important long-term incentives to vote positively for the project. We are all likely aware of the very public concerns with water quality in our Lake. Chautauqua Lake is a huge economic driver for our region, even for those who don’t live along the shores, not to mention the beautiful quality of life our lake provides for us and our families. Unfortunately, Chautauqua Lake is classified by New York State as “impaired” due to an over-abundance of nutrients introduced over many years through uncontrolled storm-water run-off that causes serious algae problems that can become toxic, and an over-abundance of weed growth in some isolated areas. The semi-pervious paver systems, combined with the indigenous plantings (trees and streetscaping) that have been designed into the Chautauqua Ave. project will allow the storm-water nutrients and soil to absorb into the sub-surface of the paving system and into the plantings, reducing the amount of soil and nutrients that run-off into our lake, thereby improving the water quality and creating a long-term positive impact for our lake…. Something that we have all been striving for. Though the impact may appear small due to the small scale of this project, if all of the communities around the lake follow the lead of installing these types of systems, a large improvement in the lake quality can be expected. At Chautauqua Institution we have deployed these same semi-pervious paver systems and indigenous plantings. We have seen significant measured reductions in nutrients that are flowing into the lake from our tributaries, while enjoying the incredible beauty of these well-designed installations…. a win-win for visitors and our environment.
I am very proud that the Village of Lakewood is taking this bold, long-term approach to improving the looks of our village, helping generate additional revenue possibilities for our local shops, incentivizing future investments and offerings for our residents and region, and improving the health and appearance of our vital economic and life-giving asset….Chautauqua Lake. I strongly encourage you to consider the proven positive impacts of this type of project and vote “yes” to move forward with the work.
RESOLUTION #23-2019 – ACCEPT THE NYS ENVIRONMENTAL FACILITIES CORP. GRANT
Motion by Trustee Schutte, seconded by Trustee Holcomb, for the Village of Lakewood to accept the New York State Facilities Corporation Grant, (CFA #82186), in the amount of $ 695,000.00, awarded to the Village of Lakewood for the Chautauqua Ave. Green Street retrofit Project through the Green Innovation Grant Program, (GIGP).
Adopted: 3 ayes, (McCague, Holcomb, Schutte), 1 Abstention, (Barnes)
Before a roll call was taken on Resolution #23-2019, Trustee Holcomb requested some clarification on who in the community will be asked to participate on the “project team” in determining the nuances of the project being proposed for Chautauqua Ave.
Ms. Brickley indicated that it will be up to the Village of Lakewood, on who will make up the “project team”.
Ms. Brickley asked what is the status of the two – two vote taken earlier this evening on the Lowe Park Stream Daylighting project, in that there wasn’t a majority vote to disapprove the project and grant.
Deputy Mayor McCague indicated the two-two vote kind of leaves the motion in limbo. He therefore asked for a vote to table the previous motion on the Lowe Park Project.
RESOLUTION #24-2019 – TABLE THE NYS DOS LOCAL WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION GRANT
Motion by Trustee Schutte, seconded by Trustee McCague for the Village of Lakewood to table previous action on Resolution #22-2019, not to approve or accept the New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant, (CFA #82727), in the amount of $ 255,951.00, awarded to the Village of Lakewood, under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund for the Lowe Park Green Infrastructure Improvements project.
2 ayes, (McCague, Schutte), 2 nays, (Barnes, Holcomb)
Motion by Trustee Holcomb, seconded by Trustee Barnes, and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 9:15 PM.
Joseph M. Johnson