Boating season will be delayed for some
WATKINS GLEN—The boating season will begin later than usual this year for users of the village docks on the Seneca Canal.
Parks manager Michelle Hyde told the village board Monday the delay will result from dredging operations by the New York State Canal Corp. in the area where the docks are usually placed.
Hyde said the Canal Corp. will also use the boat parking area in Clute Park to store material dredged from the canal. She said two-thirds of the parking lot in front of the community center is normally used for boat parking.
In the past, the boat launch parking lot was opened April 1 and the docks were placed in the canal by April 15.
“We will send letters to boaters tellling them we don’t know when (the facilities) will be open,” she said.
Dredging of the canal, which is scheduled to take 2 1/2 years, began in the area of the village docks last fall.
Hyde said work will resume in late April or early May in the area from the boat launch parking lot to the mouth of the canal.
Village trustees gave Hyde permission to pro-rate charges for 2009 depending on when the facilities become available. For a full season, use of the docks costs $600 and use of the parking lot $135.
Hyde said the village has 10 docks that will accommodate 20 boats.
Because of the delay in opening, she said, revenue from both the boat parking and the docks will be lower this year.
Both the parking and dock leases end the day after Columbus Day, Hyde said.
The trustees also gave the go-ahead Monday to an Eagle Scout project that will provide a new sign for Clute Park on the south side of Route 14.
Adam Rice, a 16-year-old Life Scout and sophomore at Watkins Glen High School, said he will seek donations from throughout the community for the project.
He said the sign will be about 60 square feet in size and will have movable plastic letters at the bottom where events can be listed. It will be located adjacent to the park office.
Rice said he has not determined the cost of the project.
“I’m planning on having it done by the end of the school year,” he said.
In other action, the trustees tabled a proposal to authorize formation of a county water district that would include the villages of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and the towns of Dix and Reading.
Trustee Nick Kelly said he opposes the water district because it could result in higher water rates for Watkins Glen.
“I don’t see how our village benefits,” Kelly said. “I see how WGI (Watkins Glen International) and Dix and Reading benefit, but I see the villages of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls suffering.”
Mayor Judy Phillips said trustees will seek a meeting with Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors to clarify the proposal. Hunt did a study of the proposed district last year.