WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE — A view of Lake Erie from an Angola waterfront. Photo by Alicia Greco.
ANGOLA — The village of Angola Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution identifying Asian carp in the Saint Lawrence River and Great Lakes as one of “the most serious threats ever presented by an invasive species.”
This resolution urged “all parties to identify a preferred solution to the invasive [Asian] carp issue and to move forward, to implement a solution with the greatest sense of urgency.”
The resolution, submitted by Trustee John Wilson, noted that Asian carp, including silver, black and bighead varieties, have already inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars in damage across the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence regions. It added that the carp now pose a serious threat to the $7 billion sport and commercial fisheries, as well as recreational boating, that support the economy.
The board said that Asian carp are now threatening to enter the Great Lakes at various points across the region and pose a danger to the more desirable fish of the region, because of their “voracious food consumption and prolific reproduction.”
As the United States Army Corps of Engineers is now engaging in a comprehensive study of 19 separate locations where the fish could cross the Mississippi River and enter the Great Lakes in an effort to prevent migration into the lakes, the Angola Board urged that the study be conducted with the greatest sense of urgency, to “keep the invasive species out [of the Great Lakes], while a long-term solution is put in place.”
In other board news:
– The board certified a statement of unpaid village property taxes for the year (83 parcels). The town clerk was authorized to forward the listing to the Erie County Department of Finance, for collection. The amount due to the village totals $54,927.
– The board approved a winter salt use agreement with Lake Shore Central Schools. The village of Angola Department of Public Works will provide winter salt to the school district at a rate of $63 per loader/scoop.
– A resolution offered by Trustee Charles Katra, authorizing the town clerk to apply for a contract with CAN/XOOM Energy to supply electricity for the village, was tabled. The board members said that they would like more time to study the proposal.
– The board approved the 2013 – 2014 snow removal and ice control agreement with Erie County. The contract is for the removal of snow and ice from county roads within the village for the three-year period, ending in 2016. This year, the town will receive $3,495 per lane mile of county roads to clear in the village.