Thursday, October 31, 2019

Benson holds two meetings

Benson TB Oct 15 & 24 2019

Benson holds two meetings
BENSON—The Benson Town Board held two meetings in October.
The first was on October 15 when the board authorized to transfer funds for down payment on 2020 Freightliner.
This resolution read, “WHEREAS, the Town of Benson is purchasing a 2020 Freightliner 114SD with plow and attachments, VIN 1FVAG3DV1LHLT5690, and WHEREAS, the delivery date is presently set for Monday, October 28, 2019, and WHEREAS, the Board intends to make a down payment of $30,000.00, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the Town Board of Benson authorizes the Supervisor/CFO to transfer $30,000 from the General Fund ZAB to the Highway Fund ZDB for a new 2020 Freightliner truck with attachments, to be paid from account ZDB.5130.201, Machinery, Equipment.”
The next order of business at the Oct. 15 meeting was to pass a resolution waiving fee for marriage licenses for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces or their spouses.
This resolution read, “WHEREAS, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation S.3756/A.55 waiving the State fee for marriage licenses for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces or their spouses, and WHEREAS, the Bill gives local governments freedom to waive the fees they charge for marriage certificates for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the Town Board of Benson waives said fees and so authorizes the Town Clerk.”
At the October 24 meeting, the following business was conducted.
Resolution to amend resolution 83-19 naming roads in the town of Benson for 911and DOT purposes
The resolution passed and read as follows, “WHEREAS, the Town Board of Benson desires to amend Resolution 83-19 naming roads in the Town of Benson for 911 and DOT purposes, and WHEREAS, Mr. David Clements (DOT) was in Benson during October 2019 and made digital measurements of all the roads as per the list submitted by Highway Superintendent George Blowers, and WHEREAS, there were a few roads which he found were different in length than the length submitted on the Local Roads Listing documents submitted to his department, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that Resolution 83-19 is amended as follows: Road names and centerline miles- Theurer Road 0.12, River Road 1.23, West Stony Creek Road Spur 0.08, West Stony Creek Road 0.20, Hogan Road 0.22, Snell Road 0.40, Hunt Road 0.05, Chartier Road 0.59, North Road 1.15, Storer Road 0.69, Lapland Lake Road 0.27, Murray Road 0.09, Washburn Road 1.02, Godfrey Road 0.69, Grant Road 0.09, Washburn Road Spur 0.06, Sandner Road 0.11l Old Tannery Road 0.04 - TOTAL 7.10 Centerline miles
Resolution authorizing to transfer funds to pay Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for 2019 E911 Service was passed and reads as follows, “WHEREAS, as per a letter to the Supervisor dated August 19, 2019 the E-911 program for fiscal year 2019 has been increased by $100 from the $900 budgeted for 2019 to $1,000 and WHEREAS, there is a deficit of$100 in account ZAB.3020.401 Public Safety, Fire Protection E-911, now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the Town Board of Benson authorizes the Supervisor/CFO to transfer $100 from account ZAB.1991.401 Contingent Fund to account ZAB.3020.401 Public Safety, Fire Protection E-911. As of October 2019, there will be $2,624.04 remaining in the Contingent Fund. The bill was paid 10/02/19, check #2351, voucher #4976.”
The Board also discussed the issuance of an installment bond for the purchase of a new 2020 Freightliner Truck, all-wheel drive plow truck with dump accessories and plow.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes provided by Benson Town Clerk Jeanne Cox.

Valentine launches write in campaign

Valentine launches write in campaign

Brenda Valentine says she is running as a "Write-In Candidate" for councilperson on the Indian Lake Town Board.
Valentin goes on to say, “Indian Lake is my home, and as such, I have passionately participated in and been actively involved in numerous town programs and activities over the past 15 years.
“Why did I decide to run for a position on the Indian Lake Town Board? Following my attendance at the Indian Lake Meet the Candidates Forum held on October 23, it became clear to me that based on my involvement and participation in past, current and planned town activities, my knowledge of town issues surpassed those of the candidates on the ballot. I felt I needed to consider serving on the town board. The town’s future is dependent upon economic development activities that produce businesses and jobs.
“The following are town programs, projects and activities I have actively participated in that qualify me as a viable candidate:
“Indian Lake Community Development Corporation (former) Vice President, (current) President and Main Street Revitalization Committee Chairperson.
“Assisted Town of Indian Lake in receiving a $200,000 NY Main Street Grant, nine businesses received financial support and funded the creation of the town WW 1 Memorial Park.
“Assisted the town board in interviewing municipal consulting firms to select and hire the Chazen Company, who supported the development of the first Town Comprehensive Plan
“Currently serve on the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee
“Great Adirondack Moose Festival (2019 represented 10th Anniversary)-researched, chaired, organized and coordinated what is considered one of the most successful events held in the Central Adirondacks
“Country Christmas Tour-Chairperson, reorganized tour activities for five years, returned during 2018 to Chair Committee
“Small Business Resources - created and hosted energy conservation information sessions and workshops, created and distributed financial resources and insurance agency information, developed positive relationships with business owners to encourage them to include their property listings on area economic development websites
“Created and hosted informational sessions to introduce residents to utility, county and state home repair and energy conservation programs
“Assisted local real estate firms in hosting National Homeownership Month “no down payment” mortgage program Open House sessions which has resulted in producing three local homeowners
“Town-wide Adirondack Challenge - Spearhead the annual event
“Adirondack North Country Association-2013, Indian Lake was recognized as creating and hosting the most successful residential energy conservation community outreach programs, held in the North Country
“Created Hamlet of Indian Lake Historic Walking Tour/Brochure and revived the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake Historic Driving Tour and brochure
"Have A Seat" -Adirondack chair beautification program
Chamber of Commerce-former Vice President, current board of director -12 years
“Indian Lake Theater - former the Board of Director
“To fill a void of no local grocery store, I researched and organized the first successful Indian Lake Community Farmers Market which began operation in 2013.
“During my professional career I have received numerous county, state and national awards and recognitions for my community achievements. These achievements prepared me for my current Indian Lake activities.  As a member of the Indian Lake Town Board, I will be well prepared to work for the growth and revitalization of the town and bring a new prospective to the board. I will also work very hard to listen and represent the residents and businesses throughout the Town of Indian Lake.
“I am proud to run as a "Write-In-Candidate" for your councilperson on the Indian Lake Town Board.
“Thank you for your consideration of my write-in candidacy.  Please contact me at or 518-648-5636 if you would like to speak with me.
“Sincerely, Brenda Valentine”

Monday, October 28, 2019

Police Report Oct 28

Police Report Oct 28

LONG LAKE--On October 26, 2019, at approximately 11:36 a.m., State Police responded to a report of an ATV accident on Minerva Club Road in the town of Long Lake.
An investigation revealed that 27-year-old Logan J. Carpenter, of Fort Edward, NY, was operating his ATV at a high rate of speed, when the ATV left the roadway and Carpenter was ejected. Carpenter was transported via Life-Flight to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont where he is in critical condition due to a serious head injury. This crash remains under investigation.

IL Community input for the “Commons”

IL Community input for the “Commons”

The Town of Indian Lake is holding a multi-day public workshop to plan for the future of “The Commons,” formerly known as the Townsend property.
Please join the Town’s Advisory Committee on November 14th, 15th, and 16th to help identify reuse opportunities for The Commons, a 7.7-acre downtown lot formerly known as the Townsend property. The event will be held at St. Mary’s Church Hall. The Advisory Committee will be hosting open house sessions that are open to the public and participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas regarding how best to repurpose the site.
The open house session will be held from 1:00 PM-7:00 PM on Thursday the 14th, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM on Friday the 15th, and from 8:00 AM-11:00 PM on the 16th. Feel free to drop in anytime during the open house sessions. These sessions will be informal and allow participants to look at maps, review previous planning documents, and meet with members of the Advisory Committee and the professional planners and designers that are assisting with the process.
Beginning on Thursday November 14th the Town’s Advisory Committee will be working with the Chazen Companies and Envision Architects to engage residents and stakeholders in a collaborative design process. Over the course of three days the project team will be creating a series of redevelopment concepts based on community feedback, previous planning efforts, and existing site conditions.
Through a series of meetings, site visits, and public engagement, a series of visuals will be prepared and used to guide redevelopment efforts including site layout, preliminary cost estimates, market potential, construction requirements, and implementation strategy to achieve the desired end uses
This project emerged out of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which has been used to successfully leverage grant funding for the acquisition for the property, preliminary development projects, and the planning process that is currently underway. The Town purchased the 7.7-acre property with funds from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. The current planning process is being funded by the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, which the Town was awarded through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application Process.
For more information please call Sally Stanton at (518) 648-5179 or Paul W. Cummings, AICP, LEED AP, at (518) 824-1930 or at

Friday, October 25, 2019

WCS building project bids due this month

WCS BOE Oct 16 2019

WCS building project bids due this month
WELLS—Wells Central School Superintendent Thomas Sincavage gave an update on the capital project at the October 16 meeting of the School Board of Education.
The Contractor pre bid walk through was held last Friday during the Superintendent’s conference day. Bids are due and will be opened on October 30 at the school.
Sincavage said that in November the Harvard Proving Ground Grant Conference will be held in Syracuse. Sincavage and Mrs. Richardson will be attending.
The School Resource Officer/School Speed Zone was discussed. The Board would like to revisit the idea of having a designated school zone in front of the school. It was noted that all other districts in the area have a school zone with a reduction in speed. The Board felt that a 45mph zone would be more appropriate. The Board will reach out to the Sheriff Karl Abrams to request a letter of support. The Board will also submit a letter to the State requesting the school zone designation.
Jeremy Siddon gave the Athletic Director’s Report. The Fall sports season for Varsity and Modified finished up today. The Elementary team was to have their last game on Monday. New York State has changed the dates of the Winter sports season and it will start on Tuesday, November 11. Mr. Siddon is considering merging teams with Lake Pleasant for the basketball season.
There were several presentations provided to the board by visitors to the meeting.
First, HFM BOCES District Superintendent, Dr. David Ziskin, introduced himself to the Board. He discussed the mission of HFM BOCES; Partnering with schools, industry, and community agencies to prepare student for future success. Dr. Ziskin noted that there will be a Mohawk Valley School Board Association meeting in late November where they will be focusing on the topic of immunizations.
Next up was Undersheriff Kevin Braunius who introduced the new Hamilton County School Resource Officer, Deputy Sean O’Brien. Undersheriff Braunius thanked the Board for partnering with the County to provide this service to the students of Wells.
The third presentation was from Jim Amell of Marvin & Company with the audit presentation. Mr. Amell reviewed the audit with the Board and noted that the district had an unmodified clean audit.
The board reviewed Information and Correspondence. The October Enrollment Report by Jessica Damphier listed current enrollment as 146. Mr. Sincavage noted that we received another student this week from Lake Pleasant and we are currently at 147.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the classifications, recommendations and programs for the following students: 982420091, 982420512, and 982420180.
The board accepted the Audit report of the 2018/2019 school year as presented by Marvin and Company.
The board approved the School Resource Officer Agreement for Services Contract between the Wells Central School District and Hamilton County from October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 as presented.
During the review of the calendar of events, Mr. Sincavage noted that the Veteran’s Day breakfast which is open to the public will be held on Friday, November 8.
After holding an executive session, the board appointed, at the will of the Board, Sue Williamsen, Boys Basketball Time/Scorekeeper and William Stuart, Girls Volunteer Assistant Coach. William Stuart abstained.
The board accepted the Consulting agreement between the Wells Central School District and Mark Ellis commencing October 11, 2019 in the amount of $54,750 as presented.
The board accepted the resignation of Steve Stofelano as Class of 2021 Advisor effective September 30, 2019.
The board appointed Brian Richards as Class of 2021 Advisor effective October 1, 2019.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes as provided by District Clerk Rachelle Dwyer.

Arietta new highway garage estimate too high

Arietta TB Oct 15 2019

Arietta new highway garage estimate too high
PISECO--Arietta Town Board Supervisor called for a special town board meeting on October 15 and began the meeting by handing out the cost estimate for the new highway garage. He said he doesn’t feel the prices aren’t accurate because they use a cost per square foot and there isn’t standard plumbing for this project.
The board felt the site work and excavation costs seemed high also. As the proposal was presented the cost of the project came in at $1,974,771.88.
Supervisor Wilt said they are just numbers to absorb for now.
Sarah Rudes said she feels it would be a good idea to notify the public that the board is considering this idea. The board agreed and Christy Wilt will put a notification on the Town website.
The board passed a resolution to hold a public hearing for the Town of Arietta 2020 budget at the November 4 regular Town Board meeting.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes of Kenneth Parslow, Town Clerk.

Arietta starts budget work

Arietta TB Oct 7 2019

Arietta starts budget work
PISECO—When the Arietta Town Board met on October 7, it took two steps to start work on the 2020 Town budget.
The first action was to open a Public hearing for the Town of Arietta Law #1 for 2019 to override New York State’s 2% tax cap for the 2020 town budget.
After holding the public hearing and without any objections made from the public, the hearing was closed, and the board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS Local Law No.1 of the year 2019 “A Local Law Overriding the Tax Levy Limit for the Town of Arietta 2020 and Authorizing the Adoption By Town of Arietta of a Budget for 2020 that Requires a Tax Levy that is Greater Than the Tax Levy Limit for the 2020 Fiscal Year”, and
“WHEREAS the intention of this local law is to comply with the requirements of General Municipal Law section 3-c (5) prior to adopting the 2020 Town of Arietta Budget, and
“WHEREAS it is clear that a responsible budget for 2020 will require a tax levy that is greater than the one calculated pursuant to applicable state Law, and
“WHEREAS the Town Board hereby overrides the tax levy limit for the Town of Arietta for 2020 and authorizes the Town of Arietta, to adopt a budget for 2020 that requires a tax levy that is greater than the tax levy limit calculated for 2020 pursuant to Section 3-c of the General Municipal law, and “THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED the Town of Arietta, Town Board after a Public Hearing held on October 07, 2020 will hereby approve and accept Local Law No. 1 of the year 2020 “Local Law Overriding the Tax Levy Limit for the Town of Arietta 2020 and Authorizing the Adoption By Town of Arietta of a Budget for 2020 that Requires a Tax Levy that is Greater Than the Tax Levy Limit for the 2020 Fiscal Year.”
The board accepted the Tentative Budget and then passed the following resolution.
“WHEREAS the Town Board, Town of Arietta has reviewed the 2020 Tentative Budget as submitted by the Arietta Town Supervisor in September 2019, and
“WHEREAS the Arietta Town Board after review of the Tentative Budget will carry these numbers over with any noted changes for the Preliminary Budget and will accept as the 2020 Preliminary Budget at the October 7, 2019 Town Board Meeting, and
“WHEREAS it is necessary to schedule a Public Hearing for the purpose of public comment on the proposed budget before adopting, and
“THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED The Town Board of Arietta accepts the 2020 Preliminary Budget and will hold a Public Hearing for the purpose of adopting the 2020 Budget.”
Supervisor Rick Wilt asked Mary Kiewicz, Chairperson of the Planning Board, to inform the board of the progress of the update to the town septic system regulations. She handed the board a copy of the Queensbury, NY, septic law and the septic committee’s draft. She said that Queensbury doesn’t do a town wide system inspection they do a property transfer system inspection. The inspections done by Queensbury personal costs $250 and takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours. They wrote in their law that the Town board acts as the board for variance in these cases, it doesn’t go to the Zoning board. It is like the Town board is acting kind of like the board of health. They make people put $2,000 in escrow if the inspection can’t be done due to weather or some other circumstance or other factors. The people will get the money back after the inspection is completed. The money is kept in escrow account with the Town board. The assessor sends the inspector of any deed changes so he can contact them and let them know what needs to be done. The sale of the property can’t be finalized until this inspection is completed and the system fixed if needed and the Town gives a letter stating the sale can be completed.
Wilt would like Hamilton County Soil & Water to do the inspections. He said there are some things that need to be changed to meet our Town’s issues so he will give the board a week to review and give him suggestions. After the week he will send the draft to the Town Attorney for him to review and write up the local law.
The board passed the following resolution.
“WHEREAS the Town of Arietta Animal Control Officer, on various occasions, has a need to take stray, unclaimed dogs to a Humane Society, and
“WHEREAS in order to use this service when needed, it is necessary to enter into an agreement with an agency, and
“WHEREAS an annual Agreement for the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society has been reviewed by the Town of Arietta Town Board in the amount $500 to be paid out of #A3520.400 Animal Control Contractual Expense Account, and
“THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED the Arietta Town Board will give the Supervisor permission to sign the annual agreement for 2020 with James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society.”
Michael Knapp reported he is waiting on actual price of steel beams for the Piseco Lake Inlet snowmobile bridge, but the preliminary price is $8,400. Another issue is they have no way to set them so it looks like they will use the wood poles as they cost $1,200 apiece. He said they may be able to shore up the existing bridge for this winter and replace it next year.
Christy Wilt reported there were 410 people who attended the chambers beer and wine festival. She added the APA GIF form to the Town’s website. They are looking at not doing the triathlon in Arietta next year. They will be looking for another event to hold in its place.
Supervisor Wilt reported there is nothing new. He has a scheduled meeting with the engineer, Bill Parslow and himself to go over the placement of the fence.
Craig Small reported they just paving and waiting for the county’s shoulder machine.
Rick Wilt reported they will start taking the boards out of the dam probably tomorrow.
Wilt reported that DEC wants the boat wash station back. He said he hasn’t sign off on that yet because it needs to be under the stipulation that if DEC’s program fails then it comes back to the Town.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes of Kenneth Parslow, Town Clerk.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lake Pleasant completes paving of roads

LPTB Oct 7 2019

Lake Pleasant completes paving of roads
Highway: Superintendent Randy Lavarnway reported that all the paving that was planned for this year has been completed. The shoulders were done with hot mix which should hold up for 15-20 years. All sand has been brought in to be stored behind the Highway garage. This sand is not just used by the Town but also the County. There has also been an agreement sent up with the Village for use of the sand as the Village does not have proper storage for the sand. The sand does get mixed with the salt in the Salt shed.
Lavarnway informed the Board that his crew has painted bright Library stairs a yellow for safety reasons; a flood light has been installed so the flag at the Primary Care/Library will be lite up. The former Library sign was hung on the Library gazebo.
Lavarnway was asked to investigate upgrading the Town’s tennis courts. He reported that the courts at the County building need painting and restriping and probably add pickle ball lines. Elm Lake Road courts are in rough shape. There is a crack going down the middle and rocks are coming thru the center. Pricing for upgrading the court in the Village would be about $50,000 and that doesn’t include labor as his crew would be doing the new base a capital project fund might need to be started for the cost.
Councilperson Meixner asked if the courts get used enough to justify the cost? Karen McComb who lives on Elm Lake Rd. said that many people do use the tennis courts. The Town has not received all of 2019 Snowmobile grant money from the State and not some of 2020’s grant money. After looking into the problem Lavarnway was told there is staffing problems.
Lavarnway reported there are problems with some of his trucks. He would like to put trucks 212 and the old 215 up for auction on Auction International. 212 did not pass inspection and needs a part no longer made in the USA. Asked what this truck is used for Lavarnway said it is used to plow and sand the parking lots at the Town buildings. It is also used at the Town Cemetery’s to haul the dirt away.
The board authorized Superintendent Lavarnway to put the 2 trucks on Auction International.
Councilperson Meixner asked what would happen if 212 was not repaired before winter. Lavarnway said he could put a sander on the back of one of the four-wheel drive pickups and plow with that, but the problem is this would tie up a truck that is already being used.
Supervisor Dan Wilt only got one response from a Surveyor to establish the mean high-water mark for Sacandaga Lake on 175 Golf Course Road. The surveyor is a property owner Fred Reiche for $250.00 the work should be done the first week in November.
The board approved hiring Fred Reichie to do a survey on the mean high-water mark on 175 golf course road
The Board approved more changes to the proposed updated Procurement Policy that is being worked on by Councilperson Meixner. The Procurement Policy is still being tabled.
Councilperson Seifts asked Supervisor Wilt about the new bill the Town has received from Hawk Drilling which now has accumulated $20,000 in interest.
Supervisor Wilt said that the Town attorney said that the Town was not responsible for the bill. Councilperson Seifts asked for something in writing from the Attorney to prove this.
The Town Attorney suggested we hold off on putting a date for the personal property to be removed from 175 Golf Course Road until the mean high-water mark is established. This will have a 30 days’ notice.
Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce Director Donna Benkovich passed out her third quarter report and gave a report on the Genevieve Zeiser Memorial fundraiser. The total was $1,800 and was given to different organizations. $750 to Speculator Ambulance Corps, $650 to Mountain Valley Hospice, and $400 Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program.
Donna was given lots of praise for putting on the first Bear and Wine Festival. Everyone that attended and the vendors felt it was a great success, around 800 people attended. Chamber President Peter Welch asked for $2,500 more in funds for the Chambers 2020 budget. He feels this would help cover the increase in the costs of phones, services etc.
Library President Karen McComb spoke to the Board about the Library Budget lines for 2020. She wanted the Board to know that Sherry Matthews’s title is Library Manager the title Library Director is just used in-house. Roxanne Cook’s title will be library assistant instead of aide; she must take the Civil Service exam for that position. Of course, her appointment will not be confirmed until she passes the exam.
Gary Rhinehart handed out Dackland Radio 2020 contract.
Youth Rec. Director Samantha Desrochers gave an update report she is planning a trip to Utica to see a hockey game on Saturday Oct 19 she has 36 tickets 20 have already been reserved.
Samantha is trying to add to the School’s Halloween party that the Lions Club puts on. She is thinking maybe a dance from 7:00- 9:00 with music and games. She is also planning another hockey game in Glens Falls of which she has tickets available. Samantha is also hoping to set up an event with the seniors maybe at Thanksgiving time maybe the kids could spend so time with them.
Former Mayor Collie Smith asked about the burn pit in Speculator being it is not used for that anymore would that is considered for a new tennis court? Supervisor Wilt felt the road is too narrow and there is wet land on either side. Neil McGovern led an applause for the Chamber’s Bear and Wine Festival saying it was run very professionally and a great first-time effort. Tammy Garret who owns the Timberline CafĂ© said business was great and would like to see the Chamber do more similar events. Robert Hoffman wanted to let the Board know that the Apple Feast put on by the Historical Society went off very well with more vendors and turn out then the past years.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes of Deborah O’Rourke, Town Clerk.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Police Report Oct 23 2019

Police Report Oct 23 2019

John L. Meher, 36, of Indian Lake, was arrested by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd on October 18, 2019 in the Town of Indian Lake. Meher was also issue a ticket for Insufficient Tail Lamps. Meher is to appear in Indian Lake Town Court on November 5, 2019.

Shane R. LaPort, 24, of Gloversville was arrested by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for Burglary 2nd in the Town of Hope on October 20, 2019. LaPort was also arrested for Criminal Mischief 4th. LaPort was arraigned in Hope Town Court and bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. LaPort was sent to the Hamilton County Jail for lack of bail. LaPort is to reappear in Hope Town Court on December 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Matthew R. Scott, 18, of Speculator was arrested by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 3rd on October 22, 2019. Scott was also ticketed for Unlicensed Operator. Scott is to appear in Lake Pleasant Town Court on October 29, 2019.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in National Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, October 26, 2019. Dispose of potential dangerous unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at the Hamilton County Jail, 102 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  There is no cost and no questions will be asked. For more information regarding Drug Take-Back Day contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 548-3113.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Assemblyman Robert Smullen visits Hope Town Board

Hope TB Oct 14 2019

Assemblyman Robert Smullen visits Hope Town Board
HOPE—Town of Hope Supervisor Tomlinson introduced NYS Assemblyman Robert Smullen to the October 14 meeting of the Town Board.
Assemblyman Smullen gave a brief summary of his past work that led him to running for Assemblyman. He has been in office since January of this year. Some of his focuses as Assemblyman is Rural EMS and the need for it to be an essential service and rural broadband. These effects the Town of Hope due to not having a good, and many times, any line of communication amongst emergency services. He states that things are continuing to go forward with the Cathead Mountain Tower Project. He stated that two good resources that have a voice in government, NYS Police and DEC, are supporters of the project. As of right now, the project still requires Legislative Approval. Funding is available and Assemblyman Smullen is supportive with helping to find various places for the funding.
Supervisor Tomlinson also discussed the firehouse project and the plans to tun it into a complete municipal community center. Assemblyman Smullen listened to the ideas, looked at some plans and concluded that he supports this project. He took some notes and will investigate ways to find the grants and funding to help with the process.
On a motion by Councilperson Dianna Downing, seconded by Councilperson Mark Stuart, the public meeting regarding the cable franchise agreement was opened.
Supervisor Steven Tomlinson led the discussion by informing the public that as of now, we already have a phone and internet franchise agreement with Spectrum. The next step is for them to bring cable to the town. They are still working on adding phone and internet to customers who have already placed orders for that and once this agreement is approved by the FCC, work will begin to add the cable service to those interested. The town will not be asking for a finance fee as it is the wish of the town board to have customers receive that savings.
Joanne Robinson inquired as if everyone must change to an 863 number if they choose Spectrum.
Supervisor Tomlinson advises they do.
Fire Chief Peter Robinson stated at this time the firehouse would not be switching as the emergency line rings both at his home and the firehouse and Spectrum can’t give him that service.
Harry Downing asked if there is any word on adding the service to Hope Falls.
Supervisor Tomlinson said not yet, but he is still working on it and remains hopeful to make it happen. Supervisor Tomlinson stated he would keep everyone aware of any changes in the future.
The public hearing was kept open for most of the meeting before the board closed the public hearing near the ed of the meeting and then accepted the cable television franchise agreement with Spectrum.
Supervisor Tomlinson shared the 2020 Transfer Station Agreement with the town board and asked for approval to accept it.
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson William Witts, the agreement was adopted
Supervisor Tomlinson presented the town board with the 2020 agreement between the Town of Hope and Town of Benson for sand and salt storage, fuel storage and loader usage. The were no changes noted from 2019. Everything is working out well according to Supervisor Tomlinson and Superintendent Colson.
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson William Witts, the board approved of the 2020 Agreement between the Town of Hope and the Town of Benson for sand and salt storage, fuel storage and loader usage.
Supervisor Tomlinson presented the board with a contract that would occur between the Town of Hope and the Adirondack Park Local Review Board. There would also be a fee attached with the contract. All board members present reviewed the contract and after discussion amongst each other, they advised Supervisor Tomlinson that they were rejecting such contract and fee. Supervisor Tomlinson will note this in the contract and return it.
EXPENDITURES FOR THE TOWN OF HOPE ROAD PROJECTS FOR 2019 Discussion and approval through resolution was adopted for the Town of Hope road projects for 2019. The project, #1-2019-Creek Road included full depth reclamation with Calcium Chloride Additive on Creek Road. The cost of the project was $41.097.20. The area covered was approximately a ½ mile.
On a motion by Councilperson William Witts, seconded by Councilperson John Stuart Jr., the board approved the expenditures for the Town of Hope road projects for 2019.
Supervisor Tomlinson asked for the board’s approval to appoint the current assessor, James Abbott, to another 6-year term that will end on September 30, 2025. Along with this topic, Supervisor Tomlinson noted that the cost for a reassessment of the entire town would be $12,000. He advises the town board that this needs to be looked at for the 2021 budget. He added that due to having a shared assessor with the towns of Benson and Wells, there needs to be a mutual agreement to do the reassessment.
On a motion by Councilperson Dianna Downing, seconded by Councilperson Mark Stuart, the board approved James Abbott as the Town of Hope assessor, with a term ending September 30, 2025.
Highway Superintendent Zachery Colson states that the highway department cuts approximately 3-4 miles of brush per season. This year they rented a man-lift for two months at a cost of $4,000. For a cost of $36,000, the town can buy this lift. Superintendent Colson distributed the specs on this man-lift. He said there were low hours on it and no mechanical issues with it. He continued to add that this would save the town money over time. Supervisor Tomlinson asked what the annual reimbursement rate from the county was for cutting the brush. Superintendent Colson believed it to be around $1,500 to $2,000 annually. Councilperson Mark Stuart asked if there were any special requirements for safety and use by crews to own it. Superintendent Colson will investigate this. Superintendent Colson stated that he would not need the man lift anymore this year, but if not purchased this year, the town would lose the rental reimbursement from this year. The board asked Superintendent Colson to get specs on two other similar machines and present that to the town board at next month’s meeting.
Supervisor Tomlinson states that he received a complaint about the locks being changed at the transfer station gate and the redemption center owner was unable to get in to empty the bottle bin. Supervisor Tomlinson stated that Superintendent Colson had changed the locks and that he was aware. He states that Superintendent Colson had concern about someone being in the transfer station after hours.
Councilperson Dianna Downing stated that the town board has had an agreement with the redemption center owner for several years to be able to go in and empty the bottle bin. The reason it is done after hours is because of where it is located it is difficult to get the bottle bin emptied if cars are trying to go to the dumpsters.
After further discussion on this, it was decided that first Superintendent Colson would look for a spot to move the bin so that it doesn’t impede on traffic. If this cannot be accomplished, then an agreement would be drawn up between the redemption company and the Town of Hope.
Supervisor Tomlinson distributed the 2020 Tentative Budget at last month’s board meeting, giving the council a month to review it. Per councilperson’s present there were no concerns, and everything looked good. Supervisor Tomlinson stated the public hearing for the Preliminary Budget will be set for November 11 at 7 p.m.
At this time, he asked for the board’s approval on the Tentative Budget.
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson Dianna Downing, the board approved the 2020 Tentative Budget.
Supervisor Tomlinson handed out a report given to him by Code Enforcer Mike Stewart. It read as follows: “I issued a permit for new trusses over an existing roof at 512 Maple Grove Road (Simpson) and a permit for an accessory building at 431 Hope Falls Road (Fay).
“I completed 19 credits of my required 24 for 2019 at a training conference in Albany. Topics included engineered floor systems, energy code, code changes, documentation, and fire rated assemblies.”
Supervisor Tomlinson added that it has been brought to his attention that there are two houses (new builds) under construction on the Old Northville Road. This is all being done without building, demo or APA permits. Possible more permits will be necessary too. He is going with Mr. Stewart on October 15 to inspect the situation and will follow up with the board to his findings.
Highway Superintendent Zachery Colson distributed his monthly report. It read as follows; “We continue to cut brush on the county roads, and we were able to complete just over a mile of brush on CR 15. We hauled in sand for the winter. Hopefully there is enough in our stockpile that we won’t have to haul any in the middle of winter. We did some dirt work at the transfer station. We cleaned up all the concrete that has been dumped over the years as well as cleaned out the ditch and culvert so the water will run off the road instead of down it. We also removed some of the bank that was pushing the side walls in on the pole barn that we keep our dumpsters in. With the area that we cleaned out next to the pole barn I would like to put up a shed roof so we can pile the tires under it, and they won’t be in front of the dumpsters.”
Superintendent Colson advises he is hopeful to hear back from the state with approval for the welcome signs so the order for them should be able to go in very soon.
Jill Dunham said she worked with Supervisor Tomlinson on the sale of two cemetery plots to Denny Harrington. She also reached out to Barbara Horton regarding the town buying back two plots from her. She believes she will sell them elsewhere. Jill advised her to the town would need a copy of the new deeds to be able to file them.
Councilperson William Witts states he has no concerns at the transfer station. He stated roads look good. He added that he thought the picnic was a great success for the town and its members.
Supervisor Tomlinson stated that he received a complaint about something wrong with Tannery Road. He drove there and checked it out and said he has no concerns.
Harry Downing added that Creek Road is in rough shape where they are logging. He thought it should be addressed. Superintendent Colson will evaluate it tomorrow.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon meeting minutes provided by Town Clerk Jill Dunham.

Monday, October 21, 2019

ANCA goes woke

ANCA goes woke

RAQUETTE LAKE--The Adirondack North Country Association has gone woke. It happened when  more than 60 people participated in a discussion about New York State’s new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) at the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) annual meeting last month. Meeting attendees gathered at Great Camp Sagamore on Friday, September 20 — the same day that over 4 million people attended Global Climate Strike events in over 150 countries all over the world.
At the heart of the meeting, invited State leaders — Amanda Lefton, First Secretary of Energy and the Environment in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and Mark Lowery, Climate Analyst for the Department of Conservation — gave presentations about the CLCPA and participated in a panel discussion moderated by ANCA board member Aaron Woolf.
"As the implementation roadmap for New York’s climate act takes shape, ANCA is deeply interested in how the transition toward a carbon-free future will benefit the region,” said ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish. “We are eager to work closely with State climate policy leaders and regional partners to develop a clean energy sector that aligns with our mission to build economic prosperity, self-reliance and resilience across the North Country.”
During her introductory comments, Fish explained how the clean energy economy is one of the four pillars of the regional nonprofit’s five-year strategic plan, which will be released in early 2020. Other major focus areas for the organization are regional food systems, the entrepreneurial economy and rural advocacy.
So now, ANCA which hopes to receive support from local governments, has joined the Democrat, Liberal, Progressive Socialist swamp in Albany. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

ILCS building prop goes to the voters

ILCS BOE Oct 15 2019

ILCS building prop goes to the voters
INDIAN LAKE—The Indian Lake Central School Board of Education met on October 15 and passed the following resolutions that will send a building proposition to the voters in December.
The board passed the following State Environmental Quality Review Determination.
“WHEREAS, the Board of Education (the "Board") of the Indian Lake Central School District (the "School District") is proposing the to reconstruct the school building, including the resurfacing of roof coating and replacement of roof fascia and exterior windows, reconstruction of soffits and installation of window film (the "Project"); and
“WHEREAS, the proposed Project entails the construction, maintenance, repair, replacement, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation involving no substantial changes or expansion beyond 10,000 square feet of existing structures and/or facilities; and
“WHEREAS, the proposed Project is a routine activity of the School District; and “WHEREAS, the Board has considered the information and documentation, which describes the design and intent of the Project;
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the School District, based upon the record before it and the general, specific and detailed knowledge of the Board of the proposed Project and under the applicable standards of SEQRA and 6 NYCRR Part 617.5, hereby determines that the Project is a Type II Action, and that no further action is required to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution takes effect immediately.”
“WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Indian Lake Central School District ("Board") is considering to undertake a project consisting of replacements, repairs, and renovations to the District's existing school building located at 6345 NYS Route 30, Indian Lake, New York, including roof resurfacing and the replacement of roof fascia, the replacement of all exterior windows, the reconstruction of classroom ceiling window soffits, and the application of window film ("the Project"); and
“WHEREAS, the Board wishes to fully comply with its obligations under the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA") and the regulations thereunder with respect to the proposed action; and
“WHEREAS, the Board has carefully considered the nature and scope of the proposed action; and
“WHEREAS, upon review of the foregoing, the Board makes the following determinations: 1. The proposed action involves replacements, repairs, and renovations to the District's existing school building. 2. The proposed project represents maintenance or repair involving no substantial changes in an existing facility or structure within the meaning of 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(l); and/or alternatively the replacement, rehabilitation or reconstruction of a structure or facility in kind within the meaning of 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(2); and/or alternatively a routine activity of an educational institution, including expansion of existing facilities by less than I 0,000 square feet of gross floor area, within the meaning of 6 NYCRR § 617.5(c)(10). 3. The proposed action will in no case have a significant adverse impact based on the environment based on the criteria contained in 6 NYCRR § 617.7(c) and is not otherwise a Type I action as defined by 6 NYCRR § 617.4. 4. The proposed action is a Type II action within the meaning of 6 NYCRR 617.5 and is therefore not subject to review under SEQRA and the regulations thereunder.
“NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board finds and concludes that the proposed action is a Type II action within the meaning of 6 NYCRR 617.5 and therefore is not subject to review under SEQRA and the regulations thereunder.”
“BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE INDIAN LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRJCT that a special meeting of the qualified voters of the School District be and the same is hereby called to be held in the front lobby of the Indian Lake School, 6345 NYS Route 30, Indian Lake, New York on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. prevailing time for the purpose of voting on the following proposition:
“PROPOSITION - Shall the Board of Education be authorized to (1) reconstruct the school building, perform site work, acquire original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus required for the purpose for which such building used and pay costs incidental thereto, at a maximum estimated cost of not to exceed $2,021,250, (2) expend such sum for such purpose, including $500,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund, (3) levy the necessary tax therefor, taking into account State aid received and the amount expended from the Capital Reserve Fund, to be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education, and (4) in anticipation of the collection of such tax, issue bonds and notes at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $1,521,250, and levy a tax to pay the interest on said obligations when due?
“The vote upon such proposition shall be by paper or absentee ballot. The hours during which the polls shall be kept open shall be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. prevailing time or for as long thereafter as necessary to enable qualified voters who are in the polling places at 8:00 p.m. to cast their ballots. Any person shall be entitled to vote who is: (a) a citizen of the United States, (b) eighteen years of age and (c) a resident within the District for a period of thirty days next preceding the December 10, 2019 vote. The School District may require all persons offering to vote to provide one form of proof of residency pursuant to Education Law section 2018-c. Such form may include a driver's license, a non-driver identification card, a utility bill, or a voter registration card. Upon offer of proof of residency, the School District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name and address.
“Absentee ballots may be applied for at the office of the District Clerk, 6345 NYS Route 30, Indian Lake, New York. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or on or prior to, December 9, 2019 if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the School District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on December 10, 2019. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available for public inspection in the office of the District Clerk, 6345 NYS Route 30, Indian Lake, New York during regular office hours until the date of the vote. Any qualified voter may challenge the acceptance of the ballot of any person on such list, by making his/her challenge and reasons therefore known to the District Clerk or the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the District Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish a notice of such meeting in two newspapers of general circulation within the School District, four (4) times within the seven (7) weeks next preceding such School District meeting, the first publication to be at least forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the meeting.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution takes effect immediately upon its adoption.
Scott Preusser, CPA at Raymond Preusser CPA, Claverack, presented the school audit he recently completed to Indian Lake Central Board of Education at its October 15 meeting.
Preusser said he didn’t find any problems with bookkeeping. He didn’t find any material weaknesses. Overall, the district is in good financial shape, said Preusser.
HFM Prevention-Patrick Crouse Ransomware Insurance-Yes, it's real.
Premium-$4,000 and deductible-$5,000. I know this sounds expensive, but ransom could cost $100,000.
Soccer season is in the last few weeks. It has been a good season with the girls’ varsity heading to sectional play.
Basketball season to start soon. We are still looking for a Modified Boys Coach. Other coaches are: BV-Mike Lamphear BM-? GV-Eric McCauliffe GM-Ashton Hoag.
The board approved Courtney Greco certified substitute teacher.
The board approved CSE Recommendations.
The board approved Amanda Flemington-Elementary basketball coach.
The board approved Dr. Michael Small, school psychologist/Neuropsychologist
The board approved claims audit for September 1-30, 2019
The board approved Louann Tetrault as temporary Treasurer effective November 4, 2019-January 6, 2020.

People have a right to farm in Hamilton County

Speculator VB September 23 2019

People have a right to farm in Hamilton County
SPECULATOR—At the September 23 meeting of the Speculator Village Board of Trustees, resident Ken Bailey presented a proposed ordinance for removal of “rubbish” for the board to take into consideration.
It was at the September 9 meeting of the board that Ken and Peggy Bailey addressed the board regarding a pile of metal containers, rubber and plastic located on 231 Elm Lake Rd, owned by Dave and Karen McComb, that is very close to their property line and visible from the street, stating the material is “rubbish.”
The Fire & Building Code Inspector has been to the property and has not found any violations given the property is classified as a farm and the items noted could be categorized as “for future use.”
The Baileys had requested the Village investigate adopting a new ordinance to include a time limit on the designation of “for future use” so that requests could be made to discard materials.
Trustee Karen McComb, who had been absent from the September 9 meeting, now asked the Board, speaking as a voting resident in Speculator, to address the Bailey comment made at the September 9 meeting.
McComb said the materials are used in the process of making Maple Syrup for their business, “McComb’s Oak Hill Farm,” and their farm has been an asset to the community for 20 years. She said Hamilton County is a “Right to Farm” County, enacted by County Law No. 2 of 2012. She said it states agricultural practices shall not be found to be a public nuisance and therefore the materials in question are not in violation of any zoning code.
Mayor Jeannette Barrett noted that this law provides for resolution of disputes.
The meeting was notable, made so by a visit from Robert Smullen, NYS Assemblyman for District 118.
Smullen commented he was pleased to attend the board meeting and would be happy to listen to what is going on in the village. He said rural communities are important to him and with the budget season coming up, he is making his way around to introduce himself and gather information on what is needed in our communities. He attended the rural broadband meeting to help promote better service here in the Adirondacks and believes emergency services need his support as well.
Highway Superintendent Roger Blanchard Jr. submitted the following written report.
Last 30 day Activities: Sidewalks paved, New playground toys set, Mowed and weed eat, Marion Avenue and Elliott Lane paved, Paved with the Town, Garbage and recyclables picked up, Closed beach, Raked dirt section Elm Lake Road, Bear garbage can with base set, Road side mowing complete.
Next 30 days Planned Activities: Continue sidewalk work, Haul sand for Winter, Mow and weed eat, Fix shoulders and driveways on Marion and Elliott, Garbage and recyclables, Haul crusher run to Wells to replace what we used for Shuttleworth Road, Rake dirt section Elm Lake Road, Wood chips at playground, Guardrails on Marion Avenue.
CHIPS Planned Activities next 6-months: Order replacement culverts, Get Marion Avenue culvert in and pave, Chip seal Shuttleworth Road, Pave Marion Avenue and Elliott Lane, 5500 truck has been ordered, Install guardrails on Marion Avenue, Haul item 4 for roads as needed, Paper work for Marion Avenue has been sent
The garbage truck has been out of commission due to the regen system needing repairs.
Winter Schedule for Trash and Recycle pickup went into effect on September 26. Notices were posted in the paper, on the website and around the village to inform as many residences as possible of the change.
Trustee Eric Craven thanked DPW for paving the sidewalks on Route 8.
Clerk Crystal O’Brien presented the transition report.
Claire Craven updated the board of the delays with the AUD Report and stated she is working closely with the Office of the State Comptroller through these delays.
Trustee Craven made a motion to approve the financial report as presented at the September 9 meeting. Trustee McComb seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.
Because the Town of Lake Pleasant has already supported the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board (APLGRB) with a $300 donation, and Speculator taxpayers also pay Town property taxes on their assessments,
the board was presented with the following alternative donation idea presented by Mayor Barrett.
“The Court Decision on Tree Cutting in the Adirondacks, stating all saplings are considered timber and in turn cannot be removed threatens all Recreation in the Adirondacks. This decision prevents the DEC, local communities and local businesses who promote the beauty of the Adirondacks from maintaining recreational trails causing harm to our tourism. The case was presented as an example of where APLGRB can help. With that in mind, the Village would like to donate $150 dollars to fighting this decision.”
Trustee Craven made a motion to approve the one-time donation of $150 to the APLGRB. Trustee Rudes seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.
Trustee Mark Donecker is in the process of acquiring estimates for the pruning of the tree on the Point, will have a complete list by next meeting and plans to start right after.
Mayor Barrett continues to gather information on the LED Street Lighting project. There is a shared service meeting next Monday for NYPA she plans to attend.
In consideration of Robert Benkovich’s presentation last month on street addressing and driveway width for emergency vehicle codes and the safety concerns for our emergency personnel and residents, the board has discussed sending out a joint letter from the Village, Fire Department and the Ambulance Corp. to residence informing them of these codes and the safety issues. A grace period of six months will be given for compliance, those who are still noncompliant will be sent a warning letter. If after one-year any residents remain noncompliant then enforcement measures may be taken.
After careful consideration and research done regarding our past salt use in Speculator, currently using very little salt on the roads in the winter and mainly only during ice storms to help prevent accidents, the board decided not to sign the agreement presented by ADK Action requesting the Village to pledge to reduce road salt, which also included onerous and unreasonable reporting and administrative demands.
The following resolution for administrative changes to correct classifications based on usage in the 2019-2020 budget was presented to the board.
“WHEREAS, this resolution shall be known as the "Administrative Changes to Correct Classifications Based on Usage to 2019-2020 Budget";
“WHEREAS, there are classifications within the budget that do not adequately reflect usage as they are presently coded;
“WHEREAS, these corrections are administrative in nature;
“WHEREAS the Village Attorney is a 1099 Vendor and not a Village employee as indicated by the code A1420.1 Law Personnel Services;
“WHEREAS A7550.4 Celebrations Contractual refers to Fourth of July parade activities, which are under the purview of the Chamber of Commerce, and the fireworks should be captured under the Fire Department;
“WHEREAS A8160.1 Refuse Personnel Services is a lump sum categorization rather than an actual estimate;
“WHEREAS a portion of F8310.1 Water Personnel Services does not account for Water Administrative duties performed by the Chief Water/Wastewater Operator;
“WHEREAS a portion of G8130.1 Sewer Personnel Services does not account for Sewer Administrative duties performed by the Chief Water/Wastewater Operator;
“THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following administrative changes will be made to the 2019-2020 Budget as follows: Move $5000 from A1420.1 Law Personnel Services to Al420.4 Contractual Services given that the Village Attorney is a 1099 Vendor and not an employee. Move $11,000 from A7550.4 Celebrations Contractual to A3410.4 Fire Department Contractual as the Chamber of Commerce will be responsible for July 4th Parade Committee & Expenses. Move $20,000 from A8160.l Refuse Personnel Services to reflect Actual Estimate vs Lump Sum Categorization with End of Year Transfers: $5,000 to A1640.1 Central Garage Personnel Services; $5,000 to A5110.1 Street Personnel Services; $10,000 to A7140.1 Play/Recreation Personnel Services; Move $17,600 from F8310.l Water Personnel Services to F8310.l Water Administration to reflect the Administrative Duties performed by Chief Water/Waste Water Operator; Move $17,600 from 08130.1 Sewer Personnel Services to 08110.1 Sewer Administration to reflect Administrative Duties performed by Chief Water/Waste Water Operator.”
Trustee Craven made a motion to approve the resolution as presented. Trustee McComb second and the motion was passed unanimously.
In the past few organizational meetings, Speculator Volunteer Fire Department’s appointment of Officers were inadvertently omitted. The Mayor invited Chief O’Brien to present the appointment of Officers, which occurred the first Tuesday of April, to the Board for final approval. Additionally, a letter from Assistant Chief Marshall was presented. The letter presented the Board an update on the Fire Department and several grants they had applied for. To date, the SVFD has secured $857,463 over the last 16 years, with one or more grants awarded nearly every year. Chief O’Brien was able to give clarifying information on the necessities of each grant and their corresponding equipment.
Trustee McComb made a motion to accept the appointment of officers for the Fire Department. Trustee Craven second and the motion was passed unanimously.
On April 2, 2019 the department held its annual meeting. In this meeting the slate of officers for 2019 was presented and voted upon. Here is the outcome of the vote for the 2019 year: President - Ryan Marshall, Vice President - Dylan Doneker Treasurer - Robert Peck, Secretary - Mark Hughes, Chief - Matt O'Brien, First Assistant - Ryan Marshall, Second Assistant - Robert Peck, First Captain - Paul Strain Sr., Second Captain - Tim Underwood, Chaplain - Wilbert Gamble, Safety Officer - Robert Peck.
A donation was received from Deerfoot in the amount of $2,200 in appreciation of Village services.
There was a Pre-bid meeting at the WWTP. They had one vendor arrive but are confident they will have two or more before their two-week cut off.
Lake Pleasant Supervisor Dan Wilt commented the Town of Lake Pleasant and Hamilton County were not in support of the pledge to reduce road salt proposed by ADK action. They felt if the state would be responsive to reducing road salt and reducing the tree canopy over the roads then the County and Town would also. The temperature monitoring and the edging equipment is not something that would be a benefit our area.

Editor Note: Story based on the minutes from Crystal O’Brien, Village Clerk – Treasurer.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Wells has new code enforcement officer

Wells TB September 9 2019

Wells has new code enforcement officer
WELLS—When the Wells Town Board met on September 9, the board passed the following resolution – the appointment of code enforcement officer.
“WHEREAS, the Wells Town Board in accordance with Town Law Section 138, subdivision 1 appointed Michael McElroy Code Enforcement Officer to enforce the N.Y.S. Building Code for 2019, and
“WHEREAS, the Code Enforcement Officer Michael McElroy is resigning as of September 30th, 2019 WHEREAS, the Personnel /Finance Committee has recommended appointing Kevin Helm as the Building and Fire Code Enforcement Officer to fill said resigned appointment,
“NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Kevin Helm be appointed Code Enforcement Officer to enforce the N.Y.S. Building Code for 2019 whose term begins on October 1, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2019.”
On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the following was approved by all:
“WHEREAS, the Town of Wells has received Funding from the NYS Unified Court system under the Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP) for improvements to the Justice court room and offices numerous times in the past, and
“WHEREAS, these improvements have proved beneficial to the operation and efficiency of the local justice system, NOW THEREFORE, BE IT
“RESOLVED, that the Wells Town Board supports the efforts of the justice court to reduce the local cost of needed improvements to the court by seeking such grant opportunities.”
Supervisor Donald Beach reported on the Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant for August 2019. Revenues totaled $250.13; expenditures totaled $5,947.46.
Highway Superintendent Clay Earley pointed out the fact that the highway bills paid were so high and waiting for CHIPS reimbursement.
Councilperson Tim Hunt asked the status of replacing the dry hydrants. A new hydrant was received and will replace the one in front of the Longnecker residence. Next will be working on the one in front of the Welch residence and George Paige will be in touch with the Fire Chief about the one at the dam.
Councilperson Andrew Lauria has completed his review of the 2018 AUD and everything is in order.
Rebekah Crewell commented from an insurance point of view, having in operable hydrants is a major liability to the Town.
Keith Lauria asked if all pressurized hydrants are working, Superintendent Earley said yes, they are.
Vince Abbott-Forgione asked at the July meeting what was the total expense of the dam repairs earlier in the year. Supervisor Beach gave him and the board a report summarizing the total expenses. $33,374.08 includes parts, labor, nuts and bolts. Vince also presented the board with an article form the Albany Times Union newspaper titled” older hydro plants passed over.”
Under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed earlier in the summer, new generators of clean power, such as wind turbines and solar panels will get subsidies in order to help the state try to reduce carbon emissions up to 70 percent by 2030. But many of the older existing hydro plants like ours, as well as some wind turbines won’t qualify for the new CLCPA subsidies. Owners of these facilities have banded together to try and change that. They had some success in the legislature, with lawmakers last session passing a bill that would let them get the subsidies. He would like the board to investigate how Wells could be included in any future subsidies.
Roy Grisenthwaite commented on the speeding and reckless drivers on Rt. 30 thru town. He suggested contacting the State Police or Sheriff Department to install electronic devices to measure speed.
George Place invited anyone to sit on his front porch to witness the high speeds.
Keith Lauria suggested contacting the Sheriff to sit at the 30 mph signs to catch speeders. John Margies suggested placing 30 mph signs in the middle of town.
Rebekah Crewell asked residents to call NYS DOT in Indian Lake for more signage. Councilperson Vanessa Saltis reiterated that residents need to call the State not just the board.
Superintendent Earley gave the States phone number, 518-648-6555.
Julie Stuart is having a hard time getting a response from the Building Code Officer after leaving him messages. She has propane tanks on her property that need to be removed.
John Menke asked if the town board has initiated any discussion with the school board in regard to cameras being installed on all school buses. Supervisor Beach believes it is not the towns’ responsibility and will look into it.
With no further business, on a motion by Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Lauria, the meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes of Town Clerk Maryellen Stofelano.

Indian Lake Town Board discusses ambulance issues

ILTB October 15 2019

Indian Lake Town Board discusses ambulance issues
INDIAN LAKE—When the Indian Lake Town Board met on October 15, ambulance service and the cost for it was a hot topic.
Joshua Wells and Alice Fish of the Indian Lake Ambulance Corps approached the board. Josh stated that the Ambulance Corp. wanted to keep the board up to date on everything that was discussed at the previous meeting concerning the billing policy of the Corp. He reported that they are investigating Legal Council and the goal is to resolve the billing issues by the first of the year. He also stated that he had met with Captain Tim Leach and Commissioner Bob Curry from Fire District# 1 concerning the runs that this Corp. have been making to Blue Mt. Lake. He stated that no agreement had been made and is hoping in the future to have this issue resolved soon. He stated this is a grave concern for the Ambulance Corp. especially when you start talking about budget. Josh stated that they would need to get together again soon to come up with a solution. He suggested that all three Boards sit down together, the Town Board, Fire Commissioner Board and the Ambulance Board, to come up with a solution. Supervisor Wells stated that he was going to reach out to the Fire District# 1 Commissioners to set up a date to discuss this. Discussion was held on the date. Bob Curry and Tim Leach stated that they would look at their calendars and come up with a date to hold the meeting, Supervisor Wells told them that he had November 6 or the 8 open.
Supervisor Brian Wells stated that this needs to be done legally and he has been in contact with the Town's Lawyers and waiting for more information. He stated that the Laws concerning this are extensive when it concerns Fire Districts and Fire Districts that have Ambulance Corps. and separate Ambulance Districts, he stated therefore we needed Legal Counsel.
Bob Curry stated that the Commissioners had tried to come up with some sort of compensation also stating that they would make it retroactive. Bob stated that they already had one agreement in place where the Indian Lake Ambulance would provide ALS and their intention was to make that agreement retroactive and the Indian Lake Corp. could bill them for the calls they made this year.
Supervisor Wells stated that the issue is not only looking back we need to figure out how to move forward. Supervisor Wells stated that there are a lot of hoops and we need to do this legally. Supervisor Wells stated that there are different solutions and the boards need to sit down and discuss what can work. He also stated that you are taking a District that is subsidized with tax payer's money and subsidizing their Ambulance service here (he stated that no one is denying anyone service anywhere) but, when Indian Lake Ambulance Corp. is out of this District responding to Fire District# l's District and we have to call in Johnsburgh to take Indian Lake's run, that is double dipping on Indian Lake tax payers.
Councilwoman Curry stated that it is not just the money, it is that our resources being out, and our personnel cannot respond in Indian Lake because they are responding in another District and Indian Lake District Taxpayers are not getting the services they are paying for.
Josh Wells stated as well that the agreement that was signed was for an ALS intercept agreement, which happens very rarely where the Indian Lake medic meets the Blue Mt. Lake Ambulance gets on the Blue Mt. Lake Ambulance. Josh stated that 90% of the time, Indian Lake Ambulance responds all the way to Blue Mt., therefore Indian Lake Medic is not meeting them on the road and getting in their Ambulance they are responding the whole way, this is not an intercept agreement.
Supervisor Wells told all that there would be no Public Hearing concerning the Zoning Ordinance. He did however state that a Resolution needed to be done as well as a SEQRA.
Supervisor Wells offered Resolution# 16 authorizing the Town to be the Lead agency. He stated this is confirmation of a Resolution that was made at the last meeting.
Supervisor Wells started reading off the SEQRA and realized they had not sent the full SEQRA. This was then tabled until the Thursday night meeting. Supervisor Wells made a motion to table the SEQRA. Seconded by, Councilman Rathbun.
Supervisor Wells told all that we were not at the stage to do the Blue Mt. Lake SEQRA. He stated that we are waiting on the APA and Lake George and Lake Champlain regional Board.
Highway Superintendent James Roblee stated that he had not had time to do the interviews yet. This was tabled.
Supervisor Wells made a motion to adopt the Bargaining Unit Contract for the years of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Seconded by, Councilman Clawson.
The board approved adopting the contract.
Bill LaPrairie reported September was a busy month for Parks and Rec with three events going on throughout the month the Antique show, the 90 miler and moose fest. For the 90 miler we set up tents, Barricades, garbage cans and stayed in Blue Mountain to help with the event, we took turns working at the barricades and shuttling people through town. When the event was over at 9 PM that night we did a teardown and cleaned up. For the Antique show we put cones and cans on the corners set up barricades, Put up signs and banners, put a fence on the school lawn for parking we cleaned up after the event was over. We did the same for moose fest put up signs and banners and cones for the school and cleaned up when done. We moved six picnic tables to the fire department for the pig roast and cleaned up after that was over. Tuesdays and Fridays, we do our Blue Mountain and Indian Lake garbage runs, Checking the dam and clean the restrooms now that the beaches are close. Both beaches were removed, signs taken down and all equipment put in storage, the water has been turned off at the Chain Lakes Beach and the system has been winterized, we had the Restroom in Blue Mountain pumped, now they will be good until  next year's 90miler.
We had burials during the month at the Benton cemetery, we poured foundations for new stones, we had to put topsoil down and hay and seed, cleaned up after all the equipment work.
In Blue Mountain Lake we took out the loading ramp on Durant Road, hauling all metal to the transfer site, we cleaned out the Blue Mountain garage making numerous trips to the transfer site, we unloaded two new 30-yard bins at the Blue Mountain transfer site.
At the ski hut, we took delivery of a John Deere snowblower for the skating rink, installed the snowblower, took the mower deck off and put in storage, we sold our truck on Auctions International for $8100, helped load the truck and snow plow on trailer when the winning bidder arrived, changed the headlight on the GMC pickup, cleaned the van after summer usage, took the van to shop for inspection. A trip was made to Glens Falls for community action food pick up.
At the Health Center and Mealsite we started shampooing carpets, we worked on the weekends to get it done when the buildings are closed. The carpets had heavy staining from the blacktop that happened this summer, we used a professional extractor solution in our machine and were very happy with the results. Worked on the air handler in the Health Center, changed an aquastat control that was not allowing the unit to let the blower engage.
At Byron park we continued working on sanding and staining the pavilion ceiling. Finished replacing all lights in the log building, the building is now full LED.
Met with Susan and the architect at the library to discuss a new entranceway, looked up lighting prices for parking lot lights and made repairs to some of the lights inside, switching them from Standard to LED.
Mowed all town property, including cemeteries and the banks along the roadside at the Catholic cemetery and the shooting range.
Used mini loader and excavator at the put in site, hauled 12 loads of chips to put in sight after heavy rains washed out a 14inch trench down the middle.
Made a trip to Albany to pick up the snowblower for the transfer site loader, and a trip to Glens Falls to Dejana for a plow install on a 2019 pickup.
Met with appraiser at the commons, showed him the property and the property lines, went through all the buildings, measured barn for teardown.
Did Fire inspection with New York fire and signal in all town buildings. Started cutting our snowmobile trails.
Kevin King, Water and Sewer Superintendent, reported testing was completed at all plants daily.
Samples required by DEC and DOH were submitted to the lab.
We had Mark Suozzo come up to the Indian Lake Water Plant to check the media in the filters. We wanted to know how much life we have left on the media because there is about 40,000 lbs. of media in the filters combined and it is expensive. With Mark we opened one of the filters and checked the depth of the media. Mark is going to investigate it, but he seems to think the media is in good shape, but we may need to just top off the filters as they lose a small amount of media over time.
We have several fire hydrants in both Indian Lake and Blue Mt. Lake that are too close to the ground or below ground at the break away flange. We are trying to get them raised up to the appropriate height. We ordered four extension kits and so far, have put three extensions on. We put a six-inch extension on the hydrant by Patricia Curry's house. We put a one-foot extension on the hydrant at the bottom of Blue Mt. hill, and a one-foot extension on the last hydrant on Maple Lodge Rd. We have several different kinds of hydrants and are learning that some are much easier to work on than others.
Hometown Sewer came up to the Indian lake Water Plant to haul sludge to the drying bed at the Sewer Plant. They then hauled three loads of sludge away from the Sewer Plant to Glens Falls.
Statewide Aquastore was here to fix the roof panels on the new water tank and to do some other maintenance. We drained the tank before they came. They pressure washed the tank inside and out, fixed the roof panels, checked the anodes, re-caulked all the seams, and replaced all the plastic caps on all the bolts. After they were finished, we had to let the tank sit empty for several days so the caulk could dry before we fill the tank back up.
Councilwoman Patricia Curry questioned Bill Laprairie, Department Head of Parks and Rec., concerning the resources that were used for the 90 miler and wondered if the Town was compensated for it. Bill stated they had done traffic control and it was in kind for the most part. He stated they had spent 6 to 8 hours in Blue Mt. Lake that day. Councilwoman Curry stated she didn't feel it was the best use of our resources, but if it helped, okay. Bill stated they didn't have enough people to cover it, so his department helped.
Darrin Harr gave the Chamber report.
Andy Coney, President of the Blue Mt. Lake Association, stated that their septic initiative was a success with 17 people taking advantage of it. He stated this was a grant the association had been awarded and it covered half the cost of the cleaning.
Supervisor Wells made a motion to appoint Dan Fyffe as Assessor with the term of 10/1/2019 - 9/30/2025. Seconded by, Councilman Rathbun.
The board approved the appointment.
Supervisor Wells stated that he is working on information concerning the Electric Charging Stations.
Supervisor Wells stated that the Abanakee Dam is nearing completion. He explained that most of the holes had been poured and they were hand packing now. He stated there will be a video review soon with our Engineers there to watch it. He stated that there will be no signing off until we see the video and talk to the Engineers.
Councilwoman Stanton questioned if this would be LaBarge Engineers looking at this? Discussion held on getting another Engineering firm to come in and check it all out. Supervisor Wells stated that DEC should be there. He stated that he would make a call to be sure DEC Dam Safety is there as well.
Supervisor Wells told all that the Water/Sewer Systems had been inspected and the inspections were very good.
Wells stated he is still working on updating the Building Use Forms.
Wells stated that the Weed District Advisory Board is getting set up. He told all that Councilwoman Curry would be the Board Member liaison. He thanked her for taking this over.
Wells told all the he has a big file of complaints on Frontier.
Wells stated he had a woman come in and ask him to give recognition to Donald Liddle and Randy Delong on the good job they are doing. He stated they are doing a good job.
Wells told Kevin King he is setting up a meeting with Mayor Jeannette Barrett of Speculator. She would like to do a shared service agreement and a visit to our water and wastewater plants.
Wells stated that he and Kevin could throw together a simple letter of what licenses Kevin carries and for what plants etc.
Wells congratulated, Brenda Valentine for being named to the Governors North Country Regional Economic Development Council. He stated this is quite an honor.
Wells gave all an FYI concerning an upcoming Hamilton County Education Project on October 29. Councilwoman Sally Stanton gave an overview of the project. She explained they are looking at how to identify and consolidate resources for those who want to continue their education.
Wells reminded the Board that the Adirondack Towns and Villages would be holding their meeting soon.
Wells made a motion to continue with the Phase 2 project with Chazen concerning the Townsend property. Seconded by, Councilwoman Stanton and the full board approved.
Councilwoman Stanton thanked all those responsible for the Fall Events both in Indian Lake and Blue Mt. Lake. Very good job.
Councilwoman Curry questioned two bills that were made out to Allison Lamphear. She also questioned the legality or professionalism of one of the bills. One of the bills was put on a paper plate which she finds very unprofessional, unethical and embarrassing.
Josselyn Bennett, Activities Coordinator, stated that Allison Lamphear had helped with the Corn Hole tournament and had hired the DJ. She stated that Allison had paid for it with her own money and that Josselyn had the Town reimburse her for it. Josselyn explained there was no contract, so she had made one up on the paper plate.
Councilwoman Curry stated that this is unacceptable and needs to be cleaned up in the future.

Editor’s Note: This story is based upon minutes provided by Town Clerk Julie Clawson.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

IL budget starts above cap

IL budget work starts Oct 15 2019

IL budget starts above cap
Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE—The Indian Lake Town Board had its first look at the 2020 Tentative Budget when it met on Oct 15. Over the next several weeks it will hold budget workshops that will lead up to a final budget and a public hearing on the budget before the board moves to accept the final budget for 2020.
Below are figures for the 2020 Tentative Budget as of Oct. 15, followed by figures for the 2019 adopted budget in (parentheses).
Currently, the budget is above the state cap on the levy but any of these figures could go up or down before the board adopts its final budget.
THE GENERAL FUND shows appropriations of $3,886,762 ($3,765,710) with estimated revenues of $2,078,350 ($1,913,420), less $0.00 ($187,000) from fund balance, leaving $1,808,412 ($1,665,290) to be raised by taxes, up $143,122 from 2019.
THE HIGHWAY FUND shows appropriations of $1,112,979 ($1,141,410) with estimated revenues of $185,000 ($144,612), less $28,000 ($135,000) from fund balance leaving $899,979 ($861,798) to be raised by taxes. This is up $38,181 from 2019.
THE LIBRARY FUND shows appropriations of $258,083 ($235,538) and estimated revenues of $6,575 ($6,575), less $19,000 ($0.00) from fund leaving $232,508 ($228,963) to be raised by taxes. This is up $3,545 from 2019.
THE LANDFILL/TRANSFER STATION FUND shows appropriations of $224,325 ($233,667) and estimated revenues of $12,040 ($21,040), less $24,000 ($75,000) from fund balance, leaving $188,285 ($137,627) to be raised by taxes, up $50,658 from 2019.
LAND CAPITAL shows appropriations of $13,000 ($11,000) and estimated revenues of $4 ($4), leaving $12,966 ($10,996) to be raised by taxes, up $2,000 from 2019.
WATER DISTRICT 1 (Blue Mountain Lake) shows appropriations of $230, 909 ($191,361) with estimated revenues of $24,590 ($21,590) and $0 ($55,000) from fund balance, leaving $206,309 ($114,771) to be raised by taxes. This is up $91,548 from 2019.
WATER DISTRICT 2 (Indian Lake) shows appropriations of $403,050 ($352,419) with estimated revenues of $59,050 ($80,000) and $1,000 ($50,000) from fund balance, leaving 343,000 ($222,419) to be raised by taxes. This is up $120,581 from 2019.
INDIAN LAKE SEWER DISTRICT shows appropriations of $211,902 ($196,273) with estimated revenues of $22,340 ($17,540) and $7,000 ($25,000) from fund balance, leaving $182,562 ($153,733) to be raised by taxes. This is up $28,829 from 2019.
THE WEED DISTRICT shows appropriations of $15,000 ($15,000) with estimated revenues of $3,014 ($3,014), leaving $11,986 ($11,986) to be raised by taxes.
INDIAN LAKE AMBULANCE FUND shows appropriations of $563,300 ($545,570) with estimated revenues of $140,600 ($169,020), leaving $422,700 ($376,550) to be raised by taxes. This is up $46,150 from 2019.
INDIAN LAKE FIRE DISTRICT shows appropriations of ($226,000), leaving the same amount to be raised by taxes. This is up $44,668   from the 2019 budget.
BLUE MNT. LAKE FIRE DISTRICT Last year showed appropriations of (93,045), less revenues of ($525), leaving ($92,520) to be raised by taxes. Figures for 2020 not yet available.
The estimated tax levy limit for Indian Lake in 2020 is $3,897,918 This amount excludes the fire districts. The 2020 budget, excluding the fire districts, totals $4,308,747 and this means it would come in $410,829 above the cap if noting were to change between now and when the budget is adopted.
The tentative budget currently shows a town-wide (General, Highway, Library, Landfill) tax rate of $4.7951 ($4.4329) per $1,000 of assessed value, up 8.17 percent.
Water District 1 shows a tax rate of $1.6303 ($0.0910) per $1,000, up 16991.78 percent.
Water District 2 shows a tax rate of $1.9497 ($1.2636) per $1,000, up 54.30 percent.
The IL Ambulance District shows a tax rate of $0.8675 ($0.7736) per $1,000, up 12.15 percent.