Tax Rate Decreases in Lakewood’s Proposed Budget

Lakewood, NY’s tax rate decreases 8 cents per thousand in the proposed 2019-2020 tentative budget.

Village of Lakewood Deputy Mayor, Ted McCague, acting as Chief Budget
Officer, has filed the 2019-2020 tentative budget with the Village Clerk. The proposal recommends a tax rate of $7.91094 per thousand as compared to the present tax rate of $7.992758 per thousand which is a decrease of 8 cents per thousand. Continue reading “Tax Rate Decreases in Lakewood’s Proposed Budget”

Tinkering or Leadership

The Post Journal editor’s opinion column on February 19, 2019 took a shot at the Village of Lakewood again. In reality, the Village of Lakewood has an award-winning comprehensive plan that some of the village leaders are working tirelessly to implement. Read the rest of the story here in LakewoodNY Matters.

Once again Lakewood made the Post Journal editor’s opinion column.
The topic, yet another negative spin on projects undertaken in Lakewood and another negative shot at the work being done by the Chautauqua Alliance to address both lake issues and economic development in the area. Continue reading “Tinkering or Leadership”

Conservation Statement for Chautauqua Lake

Representatives of several area organizations and scientists, all concerned with the health of Chautauqua Lake, recently compiled a statement of the issues surrounding the lake’s health and condition. Chautauqua Lake’s watershed was the central focus. Utilizing a sustainable, science-based approach to lake management, opinions, ideas, and strategies were woven together to form this Conservation Statement for Chautauqua Lake

. Continue reading “Conservation Statement for Chautauqua Lake”

The Post Journal Missed the Mark on Lakewood’s Lowe Park Project

The editorial, printed in The Post Journal on February 6, 2019,
was chock full of misinformation and void of important facts. While the Lowe Park Project certainly won’t solve all the lake’s weed and algae problems, it’s a great start and can segue to other important projects with the ultimate goal of fixing Chautauqua Lake.

The editorial, printed in The Post Journal on February 6, 2019,
was chock full of misinformation and void of important facts. (http://www.post-journal.com/opinion/in-our-opinion/2019/02/lakewood-park-project-wouldnt-solve-weed-algae-issues-in-lake/ ) Continue reading “The Post Journal Missed the Mark on Lakewood’s Lowe Park Project”

VISION … and FUD!

Lakewood’s award-winning comprehensive plan is the manifestation of a vision created by village residents. But it will do no more than sit upon a shelf and gather dust unless we continue with “vision” and take ownership of the conviction that a better Lakewood CAN be achieved. We can not succumb to fear, uncertainty and doubt.

At the Village of Lakewood’s Board of Trustees’ meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019 a roomful of residents showed up to give their arguments for or against the approval and acceptance of two stormwater grants – grants which would not only reduce the deposit of sediment and nutrients into Chautauqua Lake, but also improve the aesthetics of Chautauqua Avenue and Lowe Park at minimal cost to the village. The debate ensued for hours when, finally, a resident stood up and made the following observation: “Vision … and FUD’ he repeated several times. “Vision … and FUD”. What did he mean? What is FUD? Continue reading “VISION … and FUD!”