Student gains town’s permission to clean up cemetery

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Town Board recently received a special request.

Dominick Hetrick, a 15-year-old student from Mayville, requested permission to clean up the historic Bushee Cemetery on Bloomer Road as a proposed Eagle Scout project at the March meeting.

The cemetery contains headstones of the Bushee family, among others, dating to the Civil War era.

According to Hetrick, the cemetery has not been particularly well maintained. Much of the area is overgrown with trees and brush and some of the headstones have fallen over.

Hetrick, if his project is approved by the regional Boy Scout Council as well the town board, plans to remove brush and deadwood from the overgrown plots and take out some fallen trees. He plans to chop any good firewood, remove what is unusable, clear the paths through the cemetery and fill in holes and ruts.

The board voted unanimously to approve Hetrick’s project. Provided the project is approved by the Scout Council, work will begin as soon as the ground has firmed up.

The meeting began with a moment of silence for Fritz Overs, a former superintendent of schools in Ohio, longtime resident of Dewittville and chair of the town zoning board.

Later, the zoning board was reorganized, with Troy Smith appointed to take over as chairman and Rick Syper to move from alternate member to member, taking over Smith’s position. Ward Raynor Jr. was appointed as a new alternate member.

Highway Superintendent Tim Wendell reported his department had 21 full days of plowing in February. Cleanup days for the town are set for May 5-9.

The sewer district must prepare an engineering report to go to the Department of Enviro-nmental Conservation addressing the level of phosphorus discharged into Chautauqua Lake. The town already meets the required standard, but must prepare the report and make plans for meeting new, lower limits to be enforced by July 1, 2018. These plans must be prepared by 2015.