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Penfield dam a concern

To the Times of Ti:

During Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene Penfield Pond and its dam threatened the residences in the valley below the dam. Life and property were in jeopardy.

Crown Point Town Supervisor Bethany Kosmider notified the DEC (state Department of Environmental Conservation) of the danger posed by the issues at Penfield.

The front banks of Penfield Pond were reinforced with many sand bags, thanks to the coordinated efforts of Councilman Bob Patnode, concerned citizens and the prisoners from Moriah Shock. Thank you, you all know who you are.

I received an alert from the NYS Alert System saying Penfield Pond would begin to be lowered by Saturday, Sept. 24, three feet at a time. I have seen only limited work done on the pond, the bank next to the dam being compromised to allow drainage of a number of feet.

I contacted the DEC on Oct. 21. The agent informed me lowering the pond was a temporary fix to put the pond at a safer level. The agent said the owners were responsible for the dam. The owners must have the dam inspected by a certified dam inspector, then advise the DEC by January of the action recommended and follow through (remove the dam completely, repair the damn if possible or replace it).

The dam at Penfield is very old, being man-made to develop a private pond for its sport fishermen. How ironic; a private pond on a public waterway, that the public does not have access to, putting the public at risk.

Cliff Woods, Crown Point

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