Saturday, April 4, 2020

Adirondack Museum Closed

The Once Upon a Time Adirondack Museum, currently known as The Adirondack Experience, recently announced: "In the interest of maintaining public health and wellbeing, we have decided to reach out to our visitors virtually in 2020 rather than welcoming them to the museum. Our campus will not be open to the public for the 2020 season." According to a recent press release, the museum will retain its year-round staff but will not be hiring any summer workers.  

Inlet works to build communication towers

Inlet TB March 10 2020


Inlet works to build communication towers
By PETE KLEIN
INLET—When the Inlet Town Board met on March 10, Supervisor John Frey reported he is requesting that the attorney, surveyors, engineers and committee for the communication tower project get together and clarify many items. There is some confusion as to who would have ownership of the towers. Also, to clarify that the Town of Inlet uses Herkimer County 911, even though we are in Hamilton County.
Supervisor Frey added that what others want or feel that is needed in the tower is somewhat different than what our needs are. Need to address the expected timeline for the permit application. Frey added that there is still discrepancy as to how high of a tower that is needed between different agencies involved. If we do not get the height needed, there will not be enough signal for all the communications needed. He further mentioned that AT& T are still interested in having their services on the tower.
Robin Hill asked why often the articles do not mention all the proposed needs for the communication tower. Supervisor Frey answered that the grant we have been awarded places restrictions on the use of the tower. Further discussion regarding Raquette Lake’s towers and balloon tests followed.
PUBLIC HEARING
Councilman Schmid MOVED to open the Public Hearing at 7:45 pm regarding the possible sale of a portion of land that separates the John Townsend property into two parcels. Councilman Levi Seconded. 5 Ayes 0 Nays Motion Carried.
John Deming is doing the research regarding the property owned by the Town and if there is a purposeful use for such property. Public Hearing will remain open and possible transaction will be researched and discussed further before anything is done.
No action was taken.
HIGHWAY
Superintendent Hansen reported on the numerous projects that they have been working on, in addition to cleaning Dunay’s lot, building a “wall” for Fire and Lights, keeping Fern Park clear, etc. He mentioned that he attended a lobby for CHIPS in New York State recently. He will continue to get work done in the storage building. He also wanted to recognize that his crew has done a great job this year and thanked the groomer staff for stepping up and helping when needed. The Highway Dept will change back to 4- 10-hour days beginning of April. Supervisor Frey added that he was told by a furniture delivery person that Inlet does a great job on the roads and thanked Shawn for that.
Supervisor Frey read the following resolution: Requesting and authorizing the county highway superintendent to post weight restrictions on town roads for the year 2020 dated: March 10, 2020
WHEREAS, Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 41, Section 1660 gives authority to the Town Board to post weight limits on Town Roads when the Board deems necessary to protect roads from harm during spring break up, and
WHEREAS, Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 40, Section 1650 gives authority to the county superintendent of highways to post weight limits on County Roads when the superintendent deems it necessary to protect County roads from harm during spring break up, and
WHEREAS, the Town would need to place an ad in the local newspaper notifying the public of such postings, and
WHEREAS, the County Superintendent places a legal ad in the local newspaper notifying the public of such posting on County highways, and
WHEREAS, the Town roads are typically posted for the same duration as the County roads, and
WHEREAS, the Town Board and Town Highway Superintendent believes that it would be in the interest of the Town if the County Superintendent post weight restrictions on the Town roads in conjunction with the County Roads during spring break up, be it
RESOLVED, the Town Board of the Town of Inlet hereby requests and authorizes the County Superintendent of Highways post weight restrictions on Town roads within the Town of Inlet when he deems necessary for the calendar year 2020.
Seconded by Councilman Levi 5 ayes 0 nays motion carried
TRANSFER STATION
Transfer Station is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays. New 30-yard container ordered. Roll off in Utica at the shop. Superintendent Hansen reported that Tina is doing a great job. Discussion followed regarding single stream recycling followed. Modified single stream might be an option. The advantages and disadvantages of single stream was discussed.
INFORMATION OFFICE
Adele and Bonnie are looking further into the ability to add a shopping cart to our Information website so that we can process more snowmobile permits online. There is a large amount of revenue missed with the lack of having this.
JUSTICE
Chief Court Clerk, Georgia Levi was successful in obtaining another Court grant in the amount of $4,835. She is looking to purchase new furniture for courtroom/meeting room. Last year’s award was about $16,000 and was used for new carpeting, quiet air conditioners, secure justice chamber’s door, etc. Supervisor Frey thanked Georgia for her hard work on the grant once again.
ASSESSOR
Councilman Schmid wanted to point out a few items on Assessor Aimee Van Wie’s report, specifically regarding the fact that we won’t need a revaluation in town for about 5 years as we continue to stay at 100% valuation. Aimee really needs an assistant to help with data collection. Aimee has learned that the State is pushing for centralized assessment as any new hires for the assessor’s office need a 4-year degree.
TOWN CLERK
Town Clerk presented the 2020 July 4th Firework contract and mentioned that there is a $500 increase in the costs due to the increase in costs.
Town Clerk gave the Board some different options for the sign on the front of the building that Publicity Director, Adele obtained. The Board looked at the ideas and gave an opinion on the best one.
CLIMATE SMART
The current program and ideas for Climate Smart was presented at a recent meeting. The committee is looking to have Aimee VanWie appointed as the local Chairperson and the committee will consist of Connie Perry, Robin Murdock, Adele Burnett Mary Catalino, John Frey, Peter Funk and Bonnie Lutz.
One item that is already being looked at is the runoff of the water from the parking lot into the channel. Connie Perry explained the goals of the program in more detail and that we have a great opportunity to educate people to make smart decisions for our climate. One idea that has been discussed was a community garden on the school property. We can also get credit for our Community Pride Day. She stressed the importance of buying green and buying local.
Supervisor Frey made a MOTION to appoint Aimee VanWie as the Chairperson of the task committee for Climate Smart. Councilman Brownsell SECONDED the motion. 5 ayes 0 nays motion carried.
SUPERVISOR REPORT
Supervisor Frey stressed the importance of completing the census and being accurate in your reporting.
The trails were still open where the depth of snow allowed.
Shawn Hansen expressed concern though for private properties and not tearing up their property with the lack of snow. They will continue to groom if we get more snow. As soon as ground allows, work on bike trails will begin. The registration for Black Fly is considerably higher. The bikers like to start in Inlet, which is where it will start this year.
CORONA VIRUS - Supervisor Frey spoke about the dangers and concerns of this virus. There are no reported cases currently in Hamilton County, closest report was Saratoga County. He stressed the importance of not visiting nursing homes and hospitals.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Robin Hill spoke about the benefits of ANCA and that it is an organization that can help many with economic development. It can help put people together that are interested in buying or selling. Adele mentioned that it has helped local businesses.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Yvonne Lutz, Town Clerk.

Friday, April 3, 2020

County wins grant to fight Wuhan China Virus

Supervisors April 2 2020


County wins grant to fight Wuhan China Virus
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on April 2, the board passed the following resolution to accept a COVID-19 Response Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant
The resolution reads as follows.
WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health through Health Research, Inc. (HRI) has been awarded a grant from the Center Disease Control Prevent and would like to contract with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and COVID-19 Response for the period March 5, 2020 through March 15, 2021, and
WHEREAS, the total grant contract is for $67,490 and WHEREAS, this is a new grant requiring new budget lines, be it
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to create and fund the following accounts: A4189.1102 Personal Service – HRI COVID 19 $26,087; A4189.4102 Supplies – HRI COVID 19 $6,000; A4189.4103 Misc. – HRI COVID 19 $21,000; A4189.8610 Fringe – HRI COVID 19 $14,403; To be totally offset with Revenue Account Number: A4401.100 HRI COVID 19 $67,490.
Other resolutions approved by the Board of Supervisors include the following.
SIMULCAST RADIO DISPATCHING EQUIPMENT
WHEREAS, Resolution 242-19 authorizing the purchase of simulcast radio dispatching equipment from Capital Digitronics in the amount of $323,489.60 was approved, and
WHEREAS, funding for said purchase was to come from New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) grant contract C198644, and
WHEREAS, production and delivery of said radio equipment was delayed from October 2019 to February 2020, and
WHEREAS, due to the delay, and guidance from DHSES to spend down contract C198644 on other related interoperability items, therefore otherwise utilizing part of the funding originally tagged for said radio equipment, and
WHEREAS, invoicing for said radio equipment has now been presented to the Office of Emergency Management for payment, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the remaining amount available in contract C198644, Account No. A3645.0419 SI16-1005-D00 of $189,063.25 be authorized for a portion of the $323,489.60 bill for said radio equipment, and the remaining portion of that charge amounting to $134,426.35 be covered with funding from DHSES Interoperability Formula grant C198204 SI17-1003-D00, Account No. 3645.0418.
MICROWAVE PATH STUDIES
WHEREAS, Hamilton County has contracted with C&S Companies by Resolution No. 17-19 for an Interoperability and Simulcast radio system project, and
WHEREAS, it has been determined that microwave towers will be needed to achieve the interoperability required, and
WHEREAS, locations for these towers must be determined by means of performing microwave path studies, and
WHEREAS, Hamilton County has been given a quote from Nokia under NYS Contract PT64249 in the amount of $18,699 to perform 4 path studies to determine feasibility of microwave connectivity within Hamilton County, and
WHEREAS, a Purchase Order in the amount of $18,699 is required by Nokia in order to authorize the path study to be done, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Emergency Services Office be authorized to issue the required Purchase Order to Nokia for the path study project, with funding for this Purchase Order covered by funds available from NYS Department of Homeland Securities and Emergency Services, Office of Interoperable Communications Formula Grant SI17-1003-D00, Account No. A3645.0418.
HIPAA COMPLIANT VIDEO CONFERENCING
WHEREAS, Hamilton County’s Departments of Community Services and Public Health are recommending establishing a contract for ten (10) software licenses with webinar capability with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. in order to provide HIPAA compliant telemedicine services to its clients, and
WHEREAS, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. can provide ten (10) licenses with webinar capability to Community Services and Public Health at an overall cost of $2,399 and
WHEREAS, the two County Departments noted above will share this software based on a total cost of $2,399 with each Department’s individual cost based upon the number of users in each Department, be it
RESOLVED, that the County will pay Zoom Video Communications, Inc. $2,399 for ten software licenses with webinar capability with an expenditure to each Department as follows:
Community Services – Account No. A4310.0403 - Seven (7) licenses for $1,679.30 Public Health – Account No. A4050.0413 - Three (3) licenses $719.70
RABIES VACCINATION CLINICS
WHEREAS, in NYS it is the responsibility of the local health department to have a system in place for the control and suppression of rabies, and
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Nursing Service (HCPHNS) holds periodic rabies vaccination clinics throughout the County which provides for free vaccination of taxpayer’s dogs, cats and domestic ferrets, and
WHEREAS, the services of a licensed veterinarian are required to provide this service, and WHEREAS, the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, 35 Harrison Street, Gloversville, NY has agreed to provide veterinarian services for HCPHNS, and
WHEREAS, the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital has agreed to maintain membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, making them eligible to maintain professional liability insurance at the required level, and
WHEREAS, one licensed veterinarian from the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital will be reimbursed at a rate of $100 per hour, to include travel time and clinic hours plus travel reimbursement at the prevailing county mileage rate, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, to provide veterinary services at HCPHNS rabies clinics, at a rate of $100 per clinic hour, plus travel time and mileage reimbursement, as described above, to begin May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021 upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.
CONTRACT WITH LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service contracts with individual providers of medical social worker services for several programs, and
WHEREAS, Melissa Cool, LMSW, of St Johnsville, NY, is a duly licensed master social worker by the NYS Department of Education, Office of Professions and wishes to contract with the Nursing Service, and
WHEREAS, the term of this contract shall be from May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021 and compensated at a rate of $70 per visit plus mileage at the current county rate, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with Melissa Cool, LMSW to provide medical social work services to the residents of Hamilton County, for the period May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021 at a rate of $70 per visit plus mileage upon approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.
OPEN TOP EJECTOR TRAILERS DATED
WHEREAS, the Public Works Committee authorized the County Fleet Coordinator to advertise for bids for the purchase of new Open Top Ejector Trailers, and
WHEREAS, one (1) bid was received for Open Top Ejector Trailers in accordance with Specification No. 2-2020 as advertised by the Hamilton County Fleet Coordinator, and
WHEREAS, the following bid was received: Spector Manufacturing Inc., St. Clair, PA Bid Price for One (1) Open Top Ejector Trailer - $65,820 and
WHEREAS, the Fleet Coordinator recommends the award be made to Spector Manufacturing Inc., be it
RESOLVED, the Board of Supervisors does award the bid to the Spector Industrial Inc. for Open Top Ejector Trailers as herein mentioned and the Fleet Coordinator, County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so advised.
BIDS FOR STONE, SAND AND GRAVEL ITEMS
WHEREAS, Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for purchase of Stone, Sand and Gravel Items for 2020, pursuant to invitation to bidders and in accordance with Specification No. 3-2020, dated March 23, 2020, and
WHEREAS, eight (8) bids were received in response to the said invitation to bidders, as on file with the Clerk of the Board, be it
RESOLVED, that all bids for Stone, Sand and Gravel Items For 2020 be accepted and awards made wherever hauling and loading expense and quality of product is most advantageous to the Hamilton County DPW as determined by the County Highway Superintendent and the Clerk of the Board and County Treasurer be so notified.
EXTENSION OF AWARD OF BID FOR DUST CONTROL MATERIALS
WHEREAS, Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for Dust Control Materials per Specification No. 4-2019, and
WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 119-19 the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors awarded the Dust Control Materials bid to Gorman Brothers, Inc., for Calcium Chloride, and
WHEREAS, the referenced bid provides the bid pricing for a one-year contract with the option of extending the contract by one year if both parties (Hamilton County and Gorman Brothers, Inc.) agree that terms and conditions remain the same for the duration of the extension, and
WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has contacted Gorman Brothers, Inc. and that Gorman Brothers, Inc. will agree to a contract extension for Dust Control Materials at the same terms and conditions for a one (1) year period, and
HEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent believes it is in Hamilton County’s best interest to extend the current contract with Gorman Brothers, Inc. due to price stability resulting in no increase to 2020 bid prices, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors has determined that the bid awarded to Gorman Brothers, Inc. for Dust Control Materials should be extended for a period of one (1) year subject to the approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer, Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.
EXTENSION OF AWARD OF BID FOR COLD IN-PLACE RECLAMATION
WHEREAS, Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for Cold In-Place Reclamation per Specification No. 3-2019, and
WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 120-19 the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors awarded the Cold In-Place Reclamation bid to Gorman Brothers, Inc., and
WHEREAS, the referenced bid provides the bid pricing for a one-year contract with the option of extending the contract by one year if both parties (Hamilton County and Gorman Brothers, Inc.) agree that terms and conditions remain the same for the duration of the extension, and
WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has contacted Gorman Brothers, Inc. and that Gorman Brothers, Inc. will agree to a contract extension for Cold In-Place Reclamation at the same terms and conditions for a one (1) year period, and
WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent believes it is in Hamilton County’s best interest to extend the current contract with Gorman Brothers, Inc. due to price stability resulting in no increase to 2020 bid prices, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors has determined that the bid awarded to Gorman Brothers, Inc. for Cold In-Place Reclamation should be extended for a period of one (1) year subject to the approval of the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer, Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.
EXTENSION OF CONTRACT FOR BRIDGE REPAIR
WHEREAS, Hamilton County DPW solicited bids for Bridge Repair & Pneumatically Projected Concrete per Specification No. 2-2019, and
WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 121-19 the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors awarded the Bridge Repair & Pneumatically Projected Concrete bid to R & B Construction, L.L.C., and
WHEREAS, the referenced bid provides the bid pricing for a one-year contract with the option of extending the contract by one year if both parties (Hamilton County and R & B Construction, L.L.C.) agree that terms and conditions remain the same for the duration of the extension, and
WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent has contacted R&B Construction and that Randy Bascomb, President of R&B Construction will agree to a contract extension of the same terms and conditions for a one (1) year period, and
WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent believes it is in Hamilton County’s best interest to extend the current contract with R&B Construction because of price stability as in no increase to 2019 contract prices and bridge repair projects to be completed in 2020, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisor be so authorized to enter into a contract extension with R&B Construction, L.L.C. for the period of one (1) Year with approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the board be so notified.
SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING EQUIPMENT GRANT 2020
WHEREAS, Hamilton County has been awarded a Solid Waste Efficiency Implementation Grant in the amount of $217,735 for equipment, and
WHEREAS, Hamilton County will have a local share of $27,664 in addition to the grant amount, and
WHEREAS, the equipment that will be purchased for the Grant Implementation are three (3) semi ejector trailers and one (1) skid steer loader, be it
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to create Appropriation Account No. A8161.201 Solid Waste Equipment Grant, and be it further
RESOLVED, that $27,664 be transferred from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Account No. A8161.201 Solid Waste Equipment Grant, and be it further
RESOLVED, that Account No. A8161.201 be increased by $217,735 and totally offset by increasing Revenue Account No. A3089.300 by $217,735 and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfers and the Clerk of the Board and County DPW Superintendent be so notified.
PURCHASE OF SOLID WASTE EJECTOR TRAILERS
WHEREAS, Hamilton County has been awarded a grant for solid waste equipment that includes the purchase of three (3) semi ejector trailers, and
WHEREAS, the County has an awarded bid for ejector trailers from Spector Manufacturing at $65,820 each, be it
RESOLVED, that hereby the County DPW Superintendent is authorized to order three (3) ejector trailers from Spector Manufacturing, Inc. per Hamilton County’s awarded bid pricing at a cost of $$197,460 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. A8161.201 Solid Waste Equipment and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.
PURCHASE OF SOLID WASTE SKID STEER
WHEREAS, Hamilton County has been awarded a grant for solid waste equipment including one (1) skid steer, and
WHEREAS, the County DPW Superintendent has received a written quote for a new 2020 Caterpillar 242D Skid Steer Loader with Attachments from Milton Cat under New York State Contract PC66988 delivered for $47,939, be it
RESOLVED, that hereby the County DPW Superintendent is authorized to order said skid steer loader from Milton Cat under NYS PC66988 Contract pricing at a cost of $47,939 and the funds to be taken out of Account No. A8161.201 Solid Waste Equipment and the County Treasurer and Clerk of the Board be so notified.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Speculator set for virus state of emergency

Speculator VB March 9 2020

Speculator set for virus state of emergency
By PETE KLEIN
SPECULATOR—When the Speculator Village Board of Trustees met on March 9, the board learned some of the details of the NYS Declared State of Emergency: COVID-19 (Wuhan China) Virus.
Mayor Jeannette Barrett announced a State of Emergency had been declared by Gov. Cuomo for the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus) on March 13. Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service provided a memo to Town Supervisors and the Mayor, stating that our county is presently considered at a low risk due to its small and low density population. No cases had been confirmed in the county thus far.
Mayor Barrett met with Camp of the Woods to review preventative measures for the safety of their staff, guests and the community. Communication between the CDC, Hamilton County Office of Public Health and SVAC has also been made to establish protocols in the event someone is infected with the virus. Good hygiene practice, social distancing and limited exposure to sick individuals was emphasized as the most effective prevention against COVID-19. More information on Coronavirus is available at the New York Novel Corona virus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 and Hamilton County Health Department at 518-648-6141.
DEPARTMENT OF WATER-WASTEWATER REPORT
Edward Scharpou, WWTP Chief Operator, submitted a written report and added additional commentary as follows: Normal sampling and system checking for the water department is in effect.
There were two water main breaks, One on State Route 8 and the other on Route 8/30 over the course of a week. A water boil alert went into effect. Residents were notified and the alert was lifted once testing was clear for bacteria. A fact sheet on boil water alert will be posted on the website at a further date to explain the rational the possibility of bacterial contamination.
Questions regarding salt use on Village roads was addressed. The Village has complied by the rules set forth under the Wellhead Protection Plan Law. There are two zones designated in the Plan. Zone 1 being the area surrounding the clearly marked wellhead. Nothing can be built within a 300-foot radius of the wellhead. Zone 2 is the extended area that is not a “direct area influence” on the well. The Village has complied with the law and further comment confirming the limited use of a salt and sand mix was stated. The law is available for public review in the Village offices.
The Wastewater department is awaiting the SPDES permit. The WTC (Water Treatment Chemical) notification form has been sent in to the NYS DEC for the change in polymer use.
The upgrade project at the WWTP has begun. Upcoming maintenance on pump stations and inspection of manhole covers will resume once the snow has cleared.
CLERK – TREASURER’S REPORT
Clerk - Treasurer Crystal O’Brien has been working on the general election scheduled for March 18. This week will close the application for Absentee Ballots to be mailed to the Village, with the last day for walk in/drop off absentee ballot applications ending on Monday March 16. All ballots must be received at the Village on or before Election day. No post marked ballots will be accepted after March 18.
Due to time spent on budgeting process for DPW, the Financial Report will be available later.
OLD BUSINESS:
The Budget Planning Workshop was held from 5 pm – 6:30 pm, concentrating on budgeting for the DPW, Water and Waste-Water Treatment Plant. The next budget workshop will be Monday March 16. This will review the Budget for the Fire Department and Village Hall. It will be held from 5 pm – 6:50.
A FEMA recovery scoping meeting was held in Benson last week. Mayor Barrett, Roger Blanchard from DPW, Scharpou from WWTP and O’Brien met with NYSDESHS and FEMA Representatives to review the Village claims with respect to damages and debris claim, insurance claims and engineering reports. We will be working on uploading the requested information to the FEMA Portal within the requisite 60 days.
Verizon Small Cells – We are still waiting to hear back from Verizon.
Makomis Fire Tower- We will be gathering photos for the APA permit and variance requirements. An APA representative will be on site with members of the SVFD assisting. The purpose is to show the visual impact of the fire tower from all views.
LED Street Lights – Buyout – We are still waiting to hear back from National Grid.
Employee Handbook Review and Update – Will be postponed until another meeting
NEW BUSINESS
DOT policy on use of CBD - A Compliance notice issued by the NYSDOT removed hemp and hemp derived products from the Controlled Substances Act. Issues with employee drug tests could occur as the level of CBD used may cause a test to come back positive for marijuana. If laws in cannabis change, this matter will be reviewed.
BOARD ROUND TABLE:
Mayor Barrett received pictures from Ryan Marshall showing the pumper truck being assembled.
Trustee Crary commended Mayor Barrett and Mrs. O’Brien on the construction and function of the new Village website.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Shorty Hoffman made a comment on the history of the Village and the last upgrade to the WWTP being dated back to the 1990’s.
Matt O’Brien asked when the Christmas tree will be coming down? Shorty Hoffman advised the church will remove the tree once it has thawed.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
After holding an Executive session on the Moose Creek Holding LLC Notice of Claim, Trustee Crary made a motion to hire Mountain Abstract Company for the title search of Elliott Lane in the amount of $600 in connection with Moose Creek Holdings LLC Notice of Claim. Trustee Donecker seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Stacey Farina, Deputy Village Clerk – Treasurer.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

LLTB March 25 2020

Long Lake Town Board meets in the cloud
By PETE KLEIN
LONG LAKE—The Long Lake Town Board met on March 25 but not at the Town Hall. It met using GoToMeeting, a web-based video conferencing tool with local, desktop client and smartphone applications that will allow the Town Board members and the public to participate electronically and remotely while maintaining social distancing during the Wuhan China Virus outbreak.
Agenda resolution approved included a Resolution authorizing a Safety Policy.
The Safety Policy is to develop a safety manual and to outline the roles and responsibilities of the Town Supervisor, Department Heads, the Town Safety Committee and employees.
The board approved a resolution authorizing the annual Mahoney Notify Alarms Contracts.
The approved the following proposed laws that will require Public Referendums. These will be advertised soon in the paper and on the town website.
They include a Proposed Local Law on Gaming; a Proposed Local Law on Designated Seats for Councilman; and a Proposed Local Law to create Four Year Terms for Town Supervisor and Highway Superintendent.
The next Town Board Meeting will be April 29. The public will be notified if the meeting will be at the Town Hall or held via the GoToMeeting web-based video conferencing tool.

Long Lake Town Board March 25 2020

Please Stay Where You Are

Please Stay Where You Are
New York State on Pause:
March 25, 2020

As of March 22, 2020, New York State is practicing the “pause" on most public, personal, and commercial activities in attempt to slow the transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). All non-essential businesses are now closed and residents are asked to remain in their home, with the exception of emergencies, seeking medical care, solitary local exercise, and shopping for food and other necessities. Travel within the United States is not recommended, especially for vulnerable populations, who are more likely to contract the virus. Just to be clear, even if you conclude you are not vulnerable, you are wrong, plus we all have a responsibility for protecting others.
Hamilton County is the least populated county in New York State, with approximately 4,500 year-round residents, most of which are over the age of 65 years. We are experiencing a large influx of travelers into the county to occupy second homes and short-term rentals. Our current healthcare infrastructure is able to care for year-round residents, but we are not equipped for this influx, nor will State resources be available to come north for quite some time.
Escaping to the Adirondacks may seem like an attractive and safe solution to decrease your risk of exposure to COVID-19, however there are several things to consider in terms of health, safety, and your wellbeing. While you may be looking for a way to isolate your family, you also will be isolating them from healthcare and supplies. Most small businesses in Hamilton County are closed, and while our convenience stores are still open to the public, there is a limited supply of food and other necessities.
Hamilton County Public Health and our primary care providers do not have testing kits. We do not have a hospital within the county or a hospital within reasonable travel distance for COVID-19 testing. If you or your family member becomes sick, there will be a delay in healthcare delivery and follow up services.
Hotels are considered essential services and are regulated by NYSDOH for cleanliness and safety. Airbnb, Vacation Rental by Owner, and other rental sites are not regulated by NYSDOH. If you are renting out your home through one of these organizations, the risk and responsibility for cleanliness falls on you. We politely request that you remove your short-term rentals from these websites, and refrain from renting during this pandemic. Please understand this is for your protection, plus the protection of anyone who might be entertaining the idea of staying in your rental. Your long term success will be far greater, if the news stories don't start to revolve around those sickened or trapped without health care in a short term rental unit.
We truly appreciate all you do to stimulate our small communities and economy, and hope that you will take this information into consideration before coming to the Adirondacks during this public health pandemic. Lastly, if for some reason your personal situation absolutely requires you to come here, we ask that you consider the CDC recommendation of self-isolating for 14 days once you arrive. Your health and the health of others depend upon it.
Please contact Hamilton County Public Health at (518) 648-6141 with any questions.