Salem to try again on Rock Lake ordinance

rock-lakeThe Salem Town Board has passed another attempt at limiting the type sof motors that can be used on watercraft on Rock Lake.

In August, the board originally passed an ordinance limiting motor use on Rock Lake to electric motors only, except for some very specific exceptions. But that ordinance was rejected by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The latest ordinance includes some changes suggested by the DNR.

“We have a feeling that this will have a better chance of getting through,” said Supervisor Dennis Faber.

The lake has long had signs at access points that say only electric motors can be used on the lake. But the restriction has never been formally adopted as an ordinance, said town Chairman Diann Tesar. Since the lake is small, it already falls under Department of Natural Resources guidelines for slow-no wake boating, but gas motors could be used.


One Comment

  1. DNR says:

    Rock Lake is basically a PRISTINE Lake. Its been that way for a long time.
    One would think that the DNR would attempt to use it as a measurement lake, a baseline.
    Perhaps Supervisor Faber should lean over and ask Mr Bronikowski nicely to write the ordinance that will pass or did Spv Faber already get that so that he can say “We think this can pass.” ? Oh, Silly Me! This is the same DNR which shoots nesting swans at this very lake and dumps them into garbage cans! I certainly don’t expect much more from them other than obstruction. It would have been very nice if Supervisor Faber hadn’t gotten involved with changing the old town ordinance that did note electric motors only and then had the Electric Motor Signs removed with that switcharoo. Faber and Tesar only now trying to become sort of heroes to those on Rock when they were the ones who screwed it up in the first place. I’m sorry, but it is politics as usual with these two.

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