FREDONIA – Federal authorities want to lease space at the village’s wastewater treatment plant on the Lake Erie shoreline to build a 180-foot radar tower to help monitor boat traffic in the lake.
Members of the Fredonia Village Board heard a presentation by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officers and an engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the proposed radar tower at the regular meeting on Monday. The plant is located in the town of Dunkirk on Route 5.
Agents said the towers would be among the first on the Great Lakes.
Chief Officer in Charge Matthew Densmore and Operations Officer Michael Fay, along with Jennifer Janek from the Army Corps provided drawings of the site. They said the radar would be able to detect any marine activity that crosses the international line between the U.S. and Canada. Janek said the site was selected for visibility and because its location offers a developed area with access to power lines.
The entire project is federally funded at $5.5 million, they said. Other towers are planned for Sturgeon Point in Erie County and Erie, Pa.
Janek said the Army Corps assists with real estate issues for the Customs and Border Patrol when leases are involved.
The officers said they would cooperate with state, local and Canadian law enforcement officers when looking at suspicious activity.
Village Attorney Sam Drayo said he thought it was important that the drawings and proposal are reviewed by an engineer representing the village’s interests. The matter is expected to be on an agenda for board members in the near future.
Also at Monday’s Village Board meeting:
• Brian Luce and Scott Mackay were appointed to the Planning Board for five-year terms.
• Police Chief Bradley Meyers was given permission to hire two part-time police officers.