Residents raise concerns about Lakemoor boat ramp

LAKEMOOR – A proposed boat ramp would give Lakemoor residents access to the Chain O’Lakes, but nearby residents aren’t thrilled with the project.

Plans include installing the boat launch where Old Bay Road approaches Pistakee Bay, widening the cul-de-sac and adding five parking spots for cars, four for trailers and one handicapped spot, said Matt Dabrowski, the village’s new director of community and economic development.

The village has submitted permit applications to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and area wastewater agencies. It is in the process of writing responses to the public comments submitted.

One of the people to write in protesting the project was Jason Schwan, who lives four houses away from the site.

“Everyone on my street is not happy about it at all,” he said in a phone interview. “We’re a nice, residential, quiet neighborhood, and it’s kind of a commercial venue.”

The village is taking those concerns into consideration, Dabrowski said.

“We’re certainly not turning a blind eye to it,” he said. “We appreciated the feedback we received from the residents, and we’re going to continue to refine the plan. Our goal is to create a balance between their concerns and our programming needs.”

At the far north end of town, Old Bay Road is the only place in Lakemoor where the village would be able to hook up to the Chain. It has a boat launch at Lily Lake, but motorized boats aren’t allowed on Lily Lake.

The village’s comprehensive plan, which was adopted in February, sets the goal of providing a “diversity of amenities” for residents, Dabrowski said.

As the village figures out the operational logistics, it also is considering opening it up to Johnsburg residents.

While the road is owned by Lakemoor, the houses that line it, including Schwan’s, are in the village of Johnsburg.

If the village receives the go-ahead, the boat ramp could be installed as early as late fall or next spring, Dabrowski said.

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