The Rochester Aldermen visited Hemlock in 1911 to evaluate Hemlock Lake Reservoir. Here they are shown in front of the Metropolitan Hotel.
A number of the members of the Rochester board of aldermen made a visit to Hemlock and Canadice lakes the other day, and these particulars are given by one of the papers:
“First the party motored to Canadice lake, following the line of the road that abuts the shore for the entire length of the lake. Returning, the party crossed over to the foot of Hemlock lake where the shores were inspected. The city officials pointed out to the aldermen the various pieces of property that had been acquired on Canadice lake and the lots that were under condemnation proceedings.
The plans for the short concrete conduit which will be constructed from the outlet of Canadice to Hemlock lake were explained in detail. There are only about a dozen small tracts of land on Hemlock lake, mostly cottage sites, which the city has not yet acquired, and it is planned to obtain possession of these sites without delay by purchase or condemnation. It is expected, too, that all the land on Canadice lake will be secured before the connections are made, a year or two later. The city has spent large sums of money in land purchases and improvements, estimated at almost $400,000. In the past year appropriations for additional land purchases have been coming before the council for approval, and during the next year those matters will often be brought up for consideration. There is a general agreement on the desirability of acquiring as soon as possible the entire frontage on both lakes so that all danger of future contamination of the water supply of the city may be avoided.”