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Milfoil war on Chateaugay lakes in jeopardy

According to figures provided by Johnson, the town of Dannemora contains 1,541 taxable parcels, 147 of which are located along the banks of Upper Chateaugay Lake.

"That's 9.5 percent of the tax base," said Johnson. "If you look at the amount of taxes generated by those parcels, it accounts to about 21 percent. The value of those parcels is significant to the town."

That's what Johnson believes the town isn't getting. However, Pivetta disagrees.

"I told Mary that if I had the money, I'd give her a check right now," said Pivetta. "But, we just don't have the money. We'll see what the future brings."

"The town needs this program now more than ever with the closure of Lyon Mountain [Correctional Facility]," said Johnson. "The lakes are a major asset and to cut funding for this project would be pennywise and pound foolish."

Though Johnson said she believes the town board is sympathetic to the foundation's mission, she doesn't believe the gravity of the situation is fully understood.

"I'll just have to keep raising the issue and hopefully the money will be restored," she said.

Johnson is currently in the process of approaching the towns of Ellenburg and Bellmont to see if each municipality will continue their funding of the project.

When reached for comment, Ellenburg Town Supervisor Richard Pearson stated the last payment for his town's three-year commitment for funding will be made in July. After that, he is unsure as to what, if anything, will be done by Ellenburg to further help the foundation.

"I don't know whether we're going to continue with it or not," said Pearson. "[The foundation] will have to make a proposal to the board again like they did three years ago."

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