SKANEATELES — Several feet of the seawall that lines the walkway in Clift Park are blocked off from pedestrian traffic.
Last weekend, high winds caused waves to crash over the seawall, surge past the sidewalk and nearly hit the gazebo. Damage from the battering is easy to see, with exposed infrastructure posing an obvious potential hazard. The area is blocked off with red wooden barriers.
Sections of the walkway are cracked and overlap, causing an uneven and impassable path.
Skaneateles village Mayor Marty Hubbard said Friday that previous maintenance done to the seawall over the years has not served it well.
“It’s been a Rube Goldberg of a repair that’s been sacrificed during the storm,” Hubbard said.
With the village board still
hammering out the details of the 2011-12 budget, the mayor is grateful the budget includes monies to cover the unexpected expense of repairing the seawall.
“This is a perfect example of why we need a contingency,” the mayor said, referring to the $100,000 the village has budgeted for emergencies.
The mayor said the lake is too high for crews to repair the wall safely.
“The wave action will have to be appreciably lower,” the mayor said.
And some time will have to pass before a village work crew can begin repair, he said.
“I’m optimistic we can do this with our own crews,” the mayor said. “I think the DPW foreman wants to get after it.”
High wind gusts on Saturday, April 16, from a southerly direction, wreaked havoc for many homeowners on the west side of the lake. Sections of docks and boat hoists were ripped from their moorings and traveled northward causing damage along the way.