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Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:46:01 +0000 [11:46:01 EST]
From: Thomas Lewis
To: james@jameslong.com
Subject: Bellinger boardwalk proposal


Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts regarding the proposal for a boardwalk on Stoner lake. My family has been part of the Caroga Lake/Stoner lake community for 5 generations. As do many, we find peace and tranquility when we spend time on the lake with all of its natural offerings. We ourselves are in a shallow portion of the lake, however we have a short 20 ft removable dock that is not intrusive to the natural surroundings. We find other means such as canoe/kayak/float to access deeper or other areas of the waterway, all in which being mindful that we are stewards of the environment.

It does not seem as though the Belliger group has the same thoughtfulness of the environment. They have already clear cut and drastically changed the landscape of the area with the site work they have performed and based on prior practices, I do not see how any buildouts going forward will be any different.

Growing up in WNY I have first hand witnessed transformations of entire areas that started out as a simple policy change or rewriting of building code. These changes or exceptions always result in precedent for the next situation going forward and generally snowball out of control.

On a final note, I would like to extend our appreciation to all of the people who work hard behind the scenes and for those who maintain the area so we can enjoy for years to come. Thanks again, Tom Lewis and family


Thomas Lewis | Batavia Branch Manager
O: (585) 300 4156
C: (585) 746 1670

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