FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council recently authorized the Granby Lake Reclamation Committee to dredge Lake Neatahwanta within city limits.
The collaboration needed council approval solely because an outside group will be utilizing their equipment for work within city limits, in which case council permission is required.
With the help of Granby Lake Reclamation Committee, city officials are optimistic about the re-opening of Stevenson Beach occurring sooner rather than later.
“In the beach area, we were able to do mostly all of the deeper area with the bigger dredge that we use. With the small dredge that Granby has, it can reach practically right up to the shore,” said Mayor of Fulton, Ronald Woodward Sr.
The city will be responsible to provide the supplies for the dredge including the bags and polymer and will even provide dredge operators, including one volunteer by second ward councilor, David Ritchie who has experience operating numerous types of machinery with 35 years of work for the city.
Dredging is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 1, however the overall layout for when Stevenson Beach can be re-opened remains unclear.
With the use of the dredge from Granby Lake Reclamation Committee, the section of lake that will be utilized for beach area will be completed but even after completion of dredging, state and local health departments will have to test the water clarity and officially pronounce it safe for swimming.
City officials remain optimistic that the beach area could potentially re-open as early as this summer after being closed since 1988.