Officials Seek Public Input On Potential Chautauqua Lake District Plan

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BEMUS POINT – Officials in Chautauqua County are asking for the public’s input about possible creating a special district for Chautauqua Lake.

In 2018, the Chautauqua County Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency, headed by county legislator Pierre Chagnon, was formed to tasked with evaluating lake protection and rehabilitation needs.

The group is required to report to the County Legislature with plans to improve health and use of the Lake.

The Agency has developed a preliminary outline that would establish a new district, including a vision/mission statement, potential boundaries and services to be provided, governance options, and possible fee structures.

The community survey asks about these topics and seeks feedback about moving forward with the Lake District.

“We’ve been pleased to see a robust response from the community at a time when we can’t hold in-person meetings,” said Pierre Chagnon, Chairman of the Agency in a statement. “But there are still many more community members and property owners who we want to hear from.”

The survey builds on feedback heard at a community meeting in March 2020, just before the implementation of NYS on PAUSE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic halted in-person community engagement activities.

The survey is posted online at Paper copies are also available upon request. The survey will be open until March 15.


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