A letter drafted in June by the Keuka Watershed Improvement Compact (KWIC) Chairman Stephen Butchko, Town of Wayne Supervisor, was sent to the Town of Jerusalem and all KWIC member municipalities with the request they also submit the letter, or one similar, to the N.Y.S. Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regarding the wastewater permit for the Switzerland Inn (the Switz) restaurant in Wayne.
Because of the volume of wastewater at the Switz, the DEC is directly responsible for the permit and inspections of their system. In addition to the DEC inspections, the owner, Josh Trombley, is responsible to monitor the system. All other smaller (residential) systems around the lake are subject to KWIC regulations, which prohibit discharge into the lake.
At its June 20 meeting, the Jerusalem Town Board approved the content of the KWIC letter. However, at July’s Jerusalem Town Board meeting, board member and former supervisor Daryl Jones said that the day after the June meeting, he received a phone call from Jerusalem Supervisor Patrick Killen.
Jones explains, “He (Killen) said that after further review of the KWIC letter, he felt that by sending the approved letter, it may be too restrictive for Mr. Trombley to design a system that does not discharge into the lake and put him out of business. I told Pat that I was not in favor of any system that discharges into the lake, as the KWIC letter indicated.”