Recently, there have been two separate articles expressing anger by the town of Dayton residents because the Town Board has apparently hired someone to cut down trees along the road to the Spencer Lake boat landing.
One of the articles quoted a statement by the board chairman, Mr. Chris Klein, by saying that they intended to widen the road near the boat landing to create more space for parking.
And, that in order to do that, it would be necessary to take land along the road from several residents that are closest to the boat landing area.
By checking the surveyor’s flags that are marked at the locations, it is obvious that the objective to take away land and to cut trees from those resident locations has no legitimate consideration.
Our family, having been on Spencer Lake for about 40 years, has never at any time found the landing to be a problem except for the piece-meal cement slabs rather than one solid cement base under the water.
We have almost never found a boater ahead of us when we were present to put our boat in the water.
Furthermore, I have seldom ever seen anyone parking their trailer at the open blacktop area behind the immediate “U” turn area where the boater needs to do a 180-degree turn in order to back the boat to the boat ramp.
I almost never see anyone parked at the site on the blacktop west of the immediate boater’s turn around area.
Never has there ever been evidence for the “so-called” need for more parking space for boaters preceding the boat landing approach road.
And, especially where, as they indicate, that it justifies a need to take away the land and to cut down trees from the present resident properties.
On the contrary, within the past two years, there have been several complaints where people come illegally to the boat landing area, partying, making campfires, drinking, tossing garbage and beer cans, etc., in the area.
Rather, it seems that the Dayton Town Board needs to place legitimate signs and laws at the site and to provide the necessary means to enforce rules against the illegal activity that has been showing up at the boat landing.
I fully understand why Town of Dayton residents have been expressing anger at some of the actions of the Town Board recently.
Let’s do what is right for the town residents and certainly not for increasing the budgets for matters that are, as quoted, illegal and unnecessary.