Arietta targeting aquatic invasives



PISECO -- A public hearing will be held Monday, July 7, at 6 p.m., during the next regular meeting of the Arietta Town Board.

It will be on proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2014, The Town of Arietta Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Law. Councilman Barry Baker talked about the proposed new law when the board met June 2.

He said the Piseco Lake Association asked that this law be implemented. It would give the town a way to enforce laws against people bringing in aquatic animals or plants on their boats, trailers or other vehicles that could then spread into Piseco Lake.

The Town of Lake Pleasant and more than 60 percent of towns with lake associations have aquatic invasive species prevention laws in place. Baker said Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law two years ago that helps this effort.

Also, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation passed regulations this year to monitor invasive species at state facilities and boat launches. The laws in place now don't allow for enforcement.

Local Law No. 1 of 2014 would allow the Town of Arietta to enforce laws against those caught in the act of bringing invasive species into Piseco Lake or any other waters in the Town of Arietta.


Fred Knapp told the board his family is in contract to purchase the Piseco Lake Lodge property. He asked the town board to relieve Zoning & Codes Enforcement Officer John Casey of his duties regarding this property, because his daughter operates Casey's Corner, which would be competition.

Casey's daughter is also Councilperson Jaquelyn Grier.

Knapp said he needs a letter of zoning compliance "as in the past" before closing on the property.

Wilt said he would talk to Casey and the attorney for the town. He also said he would talk to Victoria Buyce, the code enforcement officer for Lake Pleasant, and find out her opinion.

Wilt asked Knapp to send him a copy of what his attorney wrote about this situation.


Brad Dake gave the board a presentation on the 2014 Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP) update he did with the assistance of many other volunteers. The biggest issue he talked about is the declining population within the Adirondack Park and especially within the Town of Arietta.

Dake would like to see the town come up with a way to encourage people to move to Arietta. He told the board he would like to have the people of the community get together, maybe at the July Town Board meeting, to see what ideas there might be to help increase the population so local businesses can sustain and grow.

One suggestion was to attempt to purchase land around Piseco Airport from the State of New York to make an area for businesses to be able to build and operate.


-- John Wheeler was reappointed to the Arietta Board of Assessment Review retroactive to Oct. 1, 2013. His term will end Sept. 30, 2018.

-- The board scheduled two public hearings on proposed changes to the land use code: Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m.

-- Brush dumping is now being allowed at the Route 10 sand pile site Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: This article is based on minutes of the Arietta Town Board meeting of June 2, 2014 as provided by Town Clerk Kenneth Parslow.