Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 21, 2015

The Lake Peekskill plan

The Princeton Hydro plan for the lake is posted on the town website. What I don’t understand is why we paid for a plan that is plugging Princeton Hydro services. Isn’t it customary for businesses to provide estimates and proposals for their services free of charge? Bubblers for the beaches, a septic pumpout law, an algaecide (GreenClean), dredging the North Beach wet pond, baffle box stormwater MTDs, and floating wetland islands. If we had to hire anybody at all, shouldn’t we have hired someone to give us impartial, comparative information?

As I recall, the beach bubblers were suggested years ago, and were rejected because they don’t change the lake quality. Ditto the debris screen. Didn’t Lake Peekskill already pay for that proposal when Gene Yetter was around?

I would also like to know what was done at the wet pond when Insite Engineering did the Northway project. I thought work was done at the pond then. That was about 10 years ago, which would mean that it is not past the 15-25 year life span that Princeton Hydro mentioned. I would be interested in knowing if there is a permanent wetlands solution that would not require periodic dredging.

If anyone is interested in solar aeration, I would hope that we do the research instead of paying for more of this. We looked into Solar Bee years ago, but I think there is a company now that is doing it. $14.5K is a lot of money for this community, and I don’t think the Town Board should keep approving this kind of expense.

Wasn’t there supposed to be a lake management committee to do this research and come up with different options, instead of a sales pitch for one company? Haven’t there already been better proposals from the community?

Excerpts from the report:

“The estimated cost to purchase and for Princeton Hydro to install two pumps is estimated to cost between $18,000.00 and $20,000.00”

“The estimated cost for the purchase and installation of a Vertex air curtain system at Carrara’s Beach is between $8,000.00 and $10,000.00 but does not include the cost of a New York State certified electrician.”

“Princeton Hydro has installed similar systems, particularly at golf course ponds, with positive results.”

“If the town is interested in solar based systems additional assessments are required by Princeton Hydro.”

“Princeton Hydro is a licensed applicator in New York State and can conduct Green Clean treatments in Lake Peekskill for $750.00 to $1,000.00 per acre per treament plus the cost of filing the permit.”

“Princeton Hydro has installed and monitored FWIs throughout Pennsylvania since 2010 and after the first year once the vegetation is well well established water fowl such as Canada geese tend to leave the islands alone.”

“Thus, it is strongly recommended that a preliminary engineering site assessment be conducted by a representative from the town as well as a professional civil engineer (such as Princeton Hydro) to identify potential locations for the actual installation of any NSBBs.”


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