City of Geneva criticized over sewage spill into creek, lake

A blogger who has been relentless in his criticism of city government over a number of issues, including the Geneva Foundry contamination, delivered a blistering address to City Council last week.

This time, Jim Meaney took aim at the August discharge of an estimated 5,000 gallons of untreated sewage into a creek that empties into Seneca Lake. The release resulted in the temporary — and precautionary — closure of Seneca Lake State Park’s beach. Subsequent testing results indicated the water was acceptable for swimming.

Meaney, who runs the blog Geneva Believer, has been critical of city officials over the Geneva Foundry contamination. He said last week the city has learned nothing from the foundry contamination, which he and many others have called a public-relations debacle for the city.

Officials have been accused of knowing, but failing to report to the public, testing results in the area surrounding the former Geneva Foundry that indicated that many properties had unacceptably high levels of lead and arsenic in the soils of their yards. Remediation of properties in the area surrounding the beach are ongoing.

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