Dear mayor and council:
I understand that you are considering re-opening the Dutch Point Road Public Access to vehicular traffic. I would caution you not to do that.
Until recently, council had never dealt with this issue which probably reduced its liability should an accident happen at that intersection (Dutch Point Road and public access). If council goes on record as endorsing and encouraging vehicular traffic at that access it will be liable if any accident occurs.
Council needs to have a safety inspection of the intersection and an assessment that supports vehicular use of the public access before proceeding. I believe that to expose the taxpayers to this sort of unnecessary liability would be very unfortunate.
On a related matter, I understand there are thoughts of developing further boat launches. Before proceeding in that direction I suggest council conduct an environmental assessment of the lake’s viability in relation to motorized vehicles. I suspect it’s a lake at risk and perhaps banning motorized vehicles should be considered.
There are lots of environmentally friendly ways to use this lake and those ideas should be considered as an alternative.