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Legislature Approves Recommendation to Dredge Como Lake as Part of Erie County Shared Services Plan


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The Erie County Legislature has approved Legislator Ted Morton’s recommendation to the Erie County Shared Services Panel to dredge Como Lake.


“For three years I have been advocating for the dredging of Como Lake. With the County Executive recently highlighting the need for the county to work with our local governments to determine a plan to finally dredge the lake, this is the perfect opportunity to work with our willing partners in government to reduce costs and restore the lake,” stated Legislator Morton.


The Erie County Shared Services Panel was established in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to increase municipal cooperation. The Village and Town of Lancaster, along with Village of Depew, have all sent letters highlighting their willingness to provide materials, equipment and labor to support the dredging process once soil testing is complete and the necessary state and federal permits have been issued. The County Legislature recently approved the funding to allow the lake to be drained in order to repair the dam outlet and begin soil testing. Legislator Morton’s proposal was the only shared services proposal recommended by the Legislature. The recommendation now goes to the County Executive who has sole authority over modification of the Shared Services master plan.


The Shared Services Panel created a Master Plan of projects throughout the county. After the County Executive submitted the plan, the Legislature is tasked with reviewing the plan, and by a majority vote, can issue an advisory report with recommendations to the County Executive. The County Executive may modify the plan with legislative recommendations and the panel must vote on the final plan, no later than Sept. 15.


“The goal of the Shared Services Panel is to find cost-saving efficiencies through cooperation between counties and municipalities. I can’t think of a better example than the Como Lake dredging project, which already has buy-in from all three affected municipalities. With the County Executive’s recent letter indicating support to dredge the lake, I am hopeful that he will add this proposal to the master plan. It’s a no brainer.”


For more information on the Erie County Shared Services Panel, visit its website: Shared Services Panel