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Carthage to warn hunters that Belfort reservoir is off limits

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CARTHAGE — At the recommendation of water Superintendent Ernest L. Prievo, the village Board of Trustees decided to send a letter to the Blue Rock Hunting Club informing the members the land surrounding the Belfort reservoir is posted.

A year ago, Mr. Prievo suggested leasing the 500 acres to better supervise the area. He reported that people were trespassing and that hunters were interested in using the land.

After doing some research, he said, he had some qualms about leasing the property, and in July the board thought it had put the matter to rest.

Mr. Prievo also said access to the property could be gated, which would eliminate some of the problems. In August, the board told him to put up the gate and continue to patrol the area.

Now the issue of trespassing has become a problem again, said Mr. Prievo, who suggested reminding the neighboring hunting club through a letter.

“Send them a friendly letter stating the property is off limits to the public and hopefully they will respect that,” Trustee Michael F. Astafan said.

When asked what the village’s options were, Village Attorney Mark G. Gebo said it could take legal action.

“They are trespassers — have them arrested if you can catch them,” he said.

The board discussed sending a copy of the letter to the police agencies.

“Just send the letter (to the hunting club) — try to be neighborly,” village President G. Wayne McIlroy said.

In other business the board:

n Appointed John F. McHugh to the Jefferson County stormwater group with Mr. McIlroy as an alternate.

n Authorized Mr. McIlroy to sign a letter of support for the town of Wilna Housing Authority, which is applying for a Drug Elimination Grant through the state Division of Home and Community Renewal. The money seized from drug raids will be used to improve lighting at the housing units.

n Accepted the proposal by Julie A. Woodrow to refinance the business loan obtained through the village’s revolving loan program.

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