1850 – Tributary from White Lake to Limestone Creek is dammed in Manlius to create pond
1865 – Snook family purchases land in Manlius including pond
Late 19th century – Pond powers mill used to make gypsum into plaster; then converted to a cider mill
1916 – Snook family opens pond to the public for swimming at 5 cents a day per person
Early 20th century – Snook family harvests ice from pond in winter months to sell to farmers – click here for original ad
1920’s – Snook’s public swimming hole fee raised to 10 cents
1949 – Snook family opens private club, with a $1 yearly membership fee, offering swimming, tennis courts, snack bar, and picnic area from May 24 to Labor Day, and ice skating in the winter – click here for picture
1960’s and 1970’s – Sixteen homes are built on north and south banks of pond, along Wakefield Drive and Barberry Lane
1988 – Swim club continues to welcome new members, with annual rate of $175 per person or $400 per family
1990 – Agway Gardens store opens in former location of restaurant
September 3, 2001 – Snook family closes swim club after 85 years
Homeowners fronting the water continue using pond for recreational purposes, including swimming, fishing, and boating
June 4, 2007 – EcoLogic issues report on Possible Impacts of Dredging Snooks Pond, cautioning dredging should be conducted in “ecologically sensitive fashion” to “protect essential shallow areas”
August 2007 – Robert Congel purchases 21 acres encircling the eastern end of Snook’s Pond
November 2007 – Congel substantially drains the pond without notice to homeowners fronting the water – click here for pictures
April 2008 – Pond remains largely without water – click here for pictures
May 2008 – Pond remains largely without water – click here for pictures
Spring 2008 – Congel applies for federal, state, and town permits to replace the existing deteriorated dam with two new dams, to dredge the east end of pond, in anticipation of constructing a “green” technology home on the east bank and a silt control “restorer” across the water itself at the western end of his property.
Summer 2008 – Permits are issued and dam replacement, dredging, and all construction are expected to be completed by the end of year. However, only the dredging is accomplished.
December 2008 – Pond remains largely without water – click here for pictures
August 2009 – Pond remains largely without water; invasive plant species take root near old shorelines and in exposed silt beds and proliferate – click here for picture
January 26, 2010 – DEC issues Modification to Dam Permit with conditions including a requirement that Congel “produce, in cooperation with adjacent land-owners, an Invasive Plant Control Plan by May 31, 2010.”
June 2010 – Congel fails to produce Invasive Plant Control Plan or consult with homeowners
September 20, 2010 – DEC advises in letter that it lacks authority to compel Congel to repair dam or restore water level to historically normal level and recommends contact with Congel to resolve issues
Congel continues to ignore communications from homeowners
January 18, 2011 – DEC grants Congel request for two year extension of dam permit to December 31, 2012
July 2011 – Pond remains largely without water; invasive plant species have substantially proliferated – click here for pictures
July 2011 – Congel begins construction of “green” home on east bank of pond
July 23, 2011 – Homeowners send grievance letter to Congel and others, outlining complaints
August 2011 – Pond water level remains below normal. No work on dam repair. Invasive plant species continue to proliferate. Homeowners voice complaints at Manlius Town Board meeting.
September 27, 2011 – Manlius Neighbors Complain About Developer Robert Congel’s Management of Snook’s Pond article appears in Syracuse Post Standard
September 30, 2011 – Spectra Environmental Group proposes completely inadequate Invasive Plant Control Plan
December 2, 2011 – Neighbors commission independent analysis by Barton & Loguidice which finds the Spectra Plan “flawed and insufficient” and recommends steps to restore the pond to its condition prior to draining.
January 3, 2012 – Homeowners ask DEC to require specific modifications in Invasive Plant Control Plan before granting approval. Neither DEC nor Congel respond.
April 28, 2012 – Homeowners again ask DEC to intervene.
April 30, 2012 – Pond drained without adequate notice to homeowners, and work finally begins on repair of original dam.