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Private boat launch upgradesSubmitted: 09/26/2013
Story By Dan McKinney

Private boat launch upgrades
ONEIDA COUNTY - People who own private boat launches in Oneida County might be able to repair or upgrade them soon. Right now, it's illegal to make improvements on private ramps if the lake has a public access ramp.

"The committee gave clear direction that they want that to happen," says Karl Jennrich, the Oneida County Zoning Director. "They want people that have private boat launches to have the ability to improve them. In the same breathe the committee stated they wanted to take a look at the possibility of requiring some kind of storm water management requiring some possible mitigation as part of redoing that existing boat launch."

The county's Planning and Development committee wrestled with the thinking that went into the current ordinance.

"If you have a private boat launch that exists and you do have a public boat launch on that body of water we weren't allowing them to really do anything with that," says Jennrich. "The theory being again we don't allow any new boat launches on that body of water, why would we allow someone to improve an existing one."

The committee will present their plan to the county board for approval.


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