MILTON – The town board has agreed to submit a letter of intent to purchase Camp Boyhaven from the Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a 300-acre parcel of trails, forest and two lakes.
A portion of the land would then be sold to the state which had the potential to put the town ahead on the deal financially. A request for comment, and specifically, a promise to purchase, has not yet been returned by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
At the regular board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18, a presentation followed by public hearing, and a vote preceded the action. Milton Town Supervisor Dan Lewza did express the letter was merely a first step formality and several important steps were to follow, including a survey, appraisal and the approval by voters in a permissive referendum.
While several residents indicated their enthusiasm and support of the purchase, some, including Deputy Highway Superintendent Jason Miller expressed caution over staffing and true costs involved to properly maintain the area. Attendees in favor of the purchase included boy scout leadership and Friends of the Kayaderosseras members.
There are currently only two town employees for park maintenance and Lewza said keeping up with those was already a challenge. He also said another board member voted against adding another part-time person to the town’s staff previously, but did not say which board member that was.
Larry Woolbright presentation begins at 1min:15sec mark, ends 13min:38 sec
Public comments begin 14min:25sec until end
Public comments continued