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April 8, 2013

Public comments focus on proposed changes at Joseph Davis State Park

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Moving the pond south of its proposed location would also allow the ponds to possible interact with the wastewater treatment plant south of the state park. He said the pairing of the three ponds, through the connecting waterways, with the plant could make for a green initiative the town could enjoy for years.

Only seven people spoke about the project, with the majority, including Gallo, supporting the planned additions. Mark Schmitt, representing Lewiston-based Boy Scout Troop 855, said his group "whole-heartedly supports the plans" for the park. The Niagara River Anglers Association also sent a representative in favor of the additions.

"We feel this is a necessary addition," NRAA President Paul Jackson said. "The club is highly in favor of this."

But Tracy Lloyd, a Youngstown resident, spoke against the plans. She said the work proposed for the park, though nothing is even close to being started, would undo much of the progress the Buffalo Audobon Society has made at the park eliminating invasive species in a town-funded project.

She said the priorities shouldn't be on undoing progress.

"Much of that area is part of the Audobon Society's work," she said of the proposed area the pond is currently located in. "So in the past few years, you've spent millions on creating places for toads and frogs and birds. And now you want to ruin it? I don't support this at all."

Public comments will remain open through May 3 and can be submitted in writing by mailing comments to the town clerk's office, 1375 Ridge Road, P.O. Box 330, Lewiston, NY 14092.

Once public comment has been completed, engineers from Conestoga-Rovers Associates will prepare a draft of the scoping statement, which would be published in August. A public hearing is expected to follow, according to CRA Engineer Robert Lannon.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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