AMHERST - There may still be snow in the forecast for a few more weeks, but that's not stopping one mother of voicing her concerns of teenagers swimming in an area she doesn't think safe.
Jody Casey, who has four children between herself and her other half, thinks the old quarry behind Willow Street that teenagers have been known to visit over the summer is contaminated and doesn't want anyone swimming in it.
"Summer will soon be coming and it will be the first place teenagers will be heading, especially now that the pool at the YMCA is set to close next month," she said, admitting her 14-year-old son had been swimming there before.
"The place itself looks gorgeous, but there are old buses and cars in there. It was once farmland, so you never know, there could be dead carcasses in there too.
"It bothers me."
Casey says that growing up in Amherst, she too frequented the old quarry, but never went swimming in it. She says her and her friends would throw rocks into the water and could see the top of an old bus.
"I think something should be done, like filled in... just something to stop people from going in."
One of Casey's concerns is with the distance it takes to get to the old quarry, which she says isn't accessible by vehicle.
"If anything were to happen when people are back there and they needed medical help, an ambulance can't get to them," Casey added.
When she first found out through a picture on her son's cell phone that he was back there with friends, Casey called the local police department. She says she was told the police knew about the location, but there was nothing that could be done about it.
According to documents at Town Hall, the property is registered to Vaughan Coates.
Town manager Greg Herrett says he's unsure if the town has gotten any complaints.
"It's not your typical property complaint, but if we did get complaints about it, we would take a look to see what the story is," Herrett said Tuesday afternoon, adding especially if it went against bylaws.
While many may not think of swimming outside during the middle of winter, but Casey wanted to make her concerns now, in preparation for the summer season.
"If somebody jumps in the water there, they could get hurt or break their neck. There's no supervision," Casey said.
If there isn't anything that can be done to stop people from swimming at the old quarry, she hopes the quality of the water is at least tested to make sure it's uncontaminated.