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Town Board Workshop Agenda
March 11, 2021
Town Board Room
* located behind the main Town Hall building next to the Justice Courts (building with the blue roof)*
5:30 pm Discussion with Paul Smith from Choice Lighting & Electric in Webster, regarding installing an electric car charging system at the town hall location.
5:45 pm Discussion on the Pond Restoration project at the Webster Arboretum.
6:00 pm Discussion on opening ALL town board meetings to the public as of April 1, 2021 with COVID safety protocols.
Per Executive Order 202.15, this Board Meeting is closed to in-person attendance. Residents can participate virtually via the following methods:
This meeting will be live streamed on the Town’s website: ci.webster.ny.us/civicmedia
Residents can submit comments during the meeting to our Facebook and Twitter pages:
Or submit a comment through our website:
Pond Restoration project at the Webster Arboretum:
To restore the function, aesthetics and water quality to the pond located within the Webster Arboretum.
After 25 + years there has been an accumulation of silt and organic matter which has left the pond with an unhealthy, shallow water profile. There has been an annual increase in algae and undesirable aquatic plant growth, robbing the pond of oxygen and the inability to sustain fish and other aquatic life.
In researching available processes to remove the sediment, we determined that a non-dredging method would be preferred and less traumatic to the surrounding landscape.
Using a hydraulic removal system (water vacuum pumps) to remove the silt and muck from bottom would be preferred method.
No need to drain the water (this practice destroys the aquatic life)
No waiting for the MUCK to dry before removing it from the body of water
No repairs to the surrounding landscape due to heavy equipment use
The water and material removed will be pumped to an upland in area (attached) that will have erosion control measures in place (hay bales and erosion control fabric) to contain the solids and allow percolation of excess water.
The left-over sediment also can be used as a soil amendment for future planting or once dry, may be cultivated on site into existing soil.
We have contacted and have received confirmation from both the NYDEC and The US Army Corps of Engineers that special permitting would not be required for this project.