LAKEWOOD - Despite Lakewood's attempt to reach out to members of the community who put brush on the roadside prior to their scheduled pick-up day, the problem didn't get any better.
Board members, voicing their frustration, discussed what could be done - if anything. The idea of establishing a local law left as soon as it came due to concerns over the village's ability to enforce it. Even so, Mayor David Wordelmann said he did not want to take away the service because of a couple dozen property owners not following regulations.
"It is becoming a nuisance to a luxury we can no longer afford," said Sue Drago, Lakewood trustee. "I am proposing we abolish it. I hate to put on more laws and not even have them be enforced."
Board members decided if the brush problem does not become better by the next meeting, they will strongly consider abolishing the brush pick-up.
The monthly brush pick-up runs from May through October, and the village is divided into four quadrants as follows: Lowe Avenue east to Chautauqua Avenue, north of the railroad tracks, will be picked up the first Monday of the month; Chautauqua Avenue east to Cryst and Bend, north of the railroad tracks, will be picked up the second Monday of the month; Southwestern Drive west to Chautauqua Avenue, south of the railroad tracks, will be picked up the third Monday of the month; and Chautauqua Avenue west to Spruce Street, south of the railroad tracks, will be picked up the fourth Monday of the month. For any questions, call the Village Clerk's Office at 763-8557.
In other news, Lakewood reviewed and adopted a memorandum of understanding where the village of Lakewood agreed to endorse the framework for the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, participate in the development of the alliance and participate in the alliance as members.
"It is becoming a nuisance to a luxury we can no longer afford. I?am proposing we abolish it. I hate to put on more laws and not even have them be enforced."
Treasurer Andrea Windoft wants to let village residents know if they did not receive a tax bill to contact the treasurer's office.
The board of trustees, acting as the board of fire commissioners, authorized the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department to request sealed bids for one 1,500 GPM Class A pumper, per specifications, as prepared by the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department. Bids will be received on or before 3 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at the village clerk's officer at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read aloud.
The board authorized Wordelmann to execute an agreement between Lakewood and the Chautauqua Lake Association to make a contribution in the amount of $3,500 toward the Chautauqua Lake Association's lake maintenance program for 2014. They also authorized Chautauqua Striders to use village streets for the Lucy Town Marathon.