Silver Lake will spray for aquatic weeds at DeWitt

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Water activity at a Silver Lake beach will be restricted following a scheduled chemical weed spraying next week.

Permit papers were sent to the Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, Silver Lake Village President Roger Johnson announced at the Wednesday Village Board meeting. The permit will be issued for a May 27 spraying. Signs will be posted at the beach in DeWitt Park, located at Cogswell Drive and Lake Street., warning that no one is allowed to go into the water for 14 days following the treatment.

Johnson said the chemicals are not dangerous to swimmers, but it is recommended that activity in the lake be restricted.

Cost of the spraying is $782.20.

In other business, the board amended the ordinance to allow temporary structures on property for up to eight months. The temporary structure issue was raised when building inspector Royce Kennedy had to cite residents on Third Court for being in violation. The ordinance prohibits offensive structures in the village and structures that have been in place for more than 6 months.

The residents cited housed a pontoon boat under a frame with a tarp cover.

Trustee Sue Gerber said under the current ordinance, residents could not put their boats away until December, since most boats are launched in May. Gerber said residents should be allowed to land their boats with protection in October. The wording of the ordinance will now reflect the eight months needed to cover that timeframe.


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