Almost totally obscured by the furor over the Amphitheater project this summer has been another large capital building project authorized a year ago by 95 percent of Chautauqua constituents.
Chautauqua Institution co-founder Lewis Miller was ahead of his time, particularly when it came to sewage. Concerned about waterborne pathogens, Miller mandated that all homes in Chautauqua connect to a sewer system in 1893, making the Institution the first completely sewered community in the U.S.
On Tuesday, Chautauqua property owners overwhelmingly passed an $8 million bond issue that will finance extensive equipment upgrades at the Chautauqua wastewater treatment plant at the south end of the grounds.
Tom Cherry, supervisor of the Chautauqua Utility District, stole the spotlight at the Chautauqua Property Owner’s Association annual meeting Saturday in the Hall of Christ. Cherry took over the role of Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan — who was originally scheduled to appear at the meeting but had a last-minute conflict — to speak about CUD’s plans for a new sewer plant.
Chautauqua property owners will go to the polls this afternoon to determine the fate of a proposed 30-year bond issue to support a renewed sewer plant for the Chautauqua Utility District.
There are several items on the agenda for the Chautauqua Property Owners Association annual meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hall of Philosophy.
Doug Conroe, director of operations, accompanied by John Shedd, director of facilities and administrator of architectural and land use regulations, took over the Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning to lead almost 30 community members in a discussion of “Lake and Storm Water Management.”
When Eleanor Roosevelt first visited the Institution in 1929, it was love at first sight. She said she was attracted to the ground’s idyllic atmosphere, the family environment and, perhaps more than anything, the natural beauty of Chautauqua Lake.
The Chautauqua Property Owners Association will hold a general meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Hall of Christ. The meeting will be preceded by a CPOA open forum at 8:30 a.m., and followed at 10 a.m. by a Chautauqua Institution Trustees Open Forum, also in the Hall of Christ.
Cherry devoted a lot of time during the 2013 season to raising Chautauquans’ awareness of this issue. He will intensify his efforts this summer. The campaign began last week at the annual pre-season CPOA potluck dinner in Hurlbut Church. Addressing a packed house, Cherry and CPOA president Hugh Butler fielded a lot of questions. Cherry’s remarks are as follows.