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.

Hope prepares for Corona Virus

Hope TB March 9 2020.


Hope prepares for Corona Virus
By PETE KLEIN
HOPE—When the Hope Town Board met on March 9, Supervisor Steven Tomlinson reported he has met with Hamilton County Director of Nursing, Erica Mahoney several times regarding the Corona Virus and said how Hamilton County is preparing. He reported as of this date there are no known active cases of the virus present in Hamilton County. The Nursing Services have been working closely with the Hamilton County Sherriff’s Department and their Dispatch Center, along with the State Police to ensure the protocol is followed if they are encountered with anyone with the suspected virus. Supervisor Tomlinson went on to add that the county feels prepared with protocols in place and equipment that may be necessary. He added that Ms. Mahoney states there are avenues for those effected to reach out to them for, such as, food for 14 days of quarantine, as well as Airbnb and hotel accommodations for the families of those affected. NYS currently does have testing kits available in Albany. If they are needed in Hamilton County, The Nursing Service will reach out to them and are confident they could be here in a few hours. Supervisor Tomlinson states there are daily updates coming in and he will keep everyone posted of them.
BUILDING / CODE OFFICER REPORT
Supervisor Tomlinson distributed the monthly report delivered by Code Officer Stewart. It reads as follows: I issued no new permits in February. I completed the required codes report for the state. I completed the annual report for the Census Bureau. The website had 737 visits in January.
FIREHOUSE PROJECT
Supervisor Tomlinson said he met with Town Attorney Michael Polland regarding the contract between to the Town of Hope and Hope Volunteer Fire Department. He said everything looked to be in order in the contract and he should have a copy to distribute to the town board members in a few days. From there, if approved, the contract with be sent to Fire Chief Peter Robinson and their attorney for their approval. Once the contract is finalized, the project site work can begin. He explained that when doing a walk through with a contractor, he was able to get an estimate of approximately $100,000 for the project. This would include a new roof, siding for both the firehouse and storage building, automatic generator, new furnace, new well and all new interior. The board was in agreeance to continue to move ahead with the project. When completed this will be a firehouse and Municipal Center.
HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Highway Superintendent Zachery Colson distributed a summary report for the month of February. It reads as follows: I have been working on the paperwork for the FEMA reimbursement. I have made a lot of progress on it and will be meeting with them this Wednesday for the scoping meeting.
We have been doing some work in the highway garage. We refurbished the office and created a break room. We cut a hole through one of the cinderblock walls and utilized a room that was getting very little use.
I will be going out to Viking Cives on Friday to have a Pre-installment meeting about our new truck. From this point we will be looking at 2-3 months to get the truck.
I am still working on the permit from DEC for the work we will be performing on Hope Falls Road. I have received word from the APA that approval from them is not needed for this work.
At this point Superintendent Colson discussed the forester summaries. He received two back. He learned that a lot of the foresters on the list work for the same company. Superintendent Colson added distributed written summary from Lake George Forestry Services, LLC and F & W. The town board members reviewed them and there was tabletop discussion about the reports. Under further review and discussion, the town board came to an agreement that they would like to meet with representatives from both companies to further get details on how the project will be.
Councilman John Stuart Jr. asked if the project would require public vote. Supervisor Tomlinson is not sure, but he would investigate it and get an answer. Superintendent Colson will reach out the foresters to set up a meeting.
COUNTY TO POST WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON TOWN ROADS
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson John Stuart Jr., the following resolution was adopted Ayes 4 S. Tomlinson, M. Stuart, W. Witts, J. Stuart Jr. Nays 0
Resolved is the approval to allow Hamilton County to post weight restrictions on town roads for the year 2020.
WAGE FOR TRANSFER STATION EMPLOYEE
Superintendent Colson explained that Transfer Employee, June Robinson, collects garbage for the town every other Monday. Since, she is working in the Labor position during those hours, he would like to increase her hourly rate to $15 hour for this time. The effective start date is 2/24/2020.
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson John Stuart Jr., the following resolution was adopted Ayes 4 S. Tomlinson, M. Stuart, W. Witts, J. Stuart Jr. Nays 0
Resolved was the approval to increase wages for the transfer employee when working in the labor position for the town.
APPROVALOF THE 2019 AUD REPORT
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson John Stuart Jr., the following resolution was Adopted Ayes 4 S. Tomlinson, M. Stuart, W. Witts, J. Stuart Jr. Nays 0
Resolved is the approval of the 2019 AUD Report.
TOWN CLERK’S COMMENTS
Town Clerk Jill Dunham advises she competed her first electronic death certificate. She states it is an easier process and requires less paperwork. With this, she will no longer be issuing the burial permits because that is also done electronically, and the funeral director can print them himself.
Dunham also attended a meeting regarding emergency preparedness. Northville Central School is listed through American Red Cross as a site for Town of Hope residents. There is also a mobile unit that can be utilized for emergencies such as the Halloween storm that occurred. It was learned through this meeting that there was a lack of communication that prevented the Town of Hope from receiving the mobile unit. The details to remedy this are being worked out. There is more information to come as the plan evolves. Jill will keep everyone posted.
The last thing Jill advises is that tax season is winding down and everything is on track regarding that.
COUNCILPERSON’S COMMENTS
Councilman John Stuart, Jr. asked if there was a working camera at the Transfer Station for safety purposes. Supervisor Tomlinson states there is not due to the fact it would require internet. Councilman Mark Stuart asked if Network Bridging was an available option through Spectrum. Supervisor Tomlinson did not know but will research the idea.
Supervisor Tomlinson asked Superintendent Colson to remove the railing outside the town hall. It does not need to be there to meet code since it is mostly at ground level. More soil will be brought in to level the ground out. He also asked that the town board allows a tree to be planted. The town board like that idea and William Witts may be able to get us one.
To conclude, Supervisor Tomlinson thanked everyone for their continued hard work with all that is going on.
The next scheduled Town of Hope Town Board meeting will be held on April 6, 2020 at 7 PM at the Hope Town Hall, located at 548 State Highway 30, Hope, NY.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Jill Dunham, Town Clerk

Friday, March 20, 2020

Long Lake Central School under cap

LLCS BOE March 19 2020

Long Lake Central School under cap
By PETE KLEIN
LONG LAKE--When the Long Lake Central School Board of Education met on March 19, it viewed a Tentative draft budget for 2020/2021 that is now below the cap. Figures shown in (parentheses) are from last year’s (2019/2020) budget.
The budget under the cap on the levy is showing total appropriations in the General Fund standing at $4,382,054 ($4,185,640).
Subtracting estimated projected revenues and fund balances of $1,293,054 ($1,267,640) leaves an estimated tax levy of $3,089,000 ($2,918,000).
The estimated tax rate of $5.0773 ($4.7963) per $1,000 of assessed value.
This means a home assessed at $100,000 would have property tax bill of $507.73, up $28.10 over last year.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL
The board approved CSE/CPSE Recommendations for Students #202776, 202732, 202799, 202801
The board approved the Section VII Sports Merger Application with Indian Lake CSD for 2020-2021 School Year
The board recognize Amanda Flemington and Allison Gonyo as Girls' Varsity Softball Co-Coaches for Spring 2020
The board approved A1lison Conboy and Elisha Cohen as Girls' Modified Softball Co-Coaches for Spring 2020
The board approved Bridget O'Leary as Grades 7-12 Spanish Teacher effective September 1, 2020
The board approved Probationary Appointment of Joseph Parent as Night Custodian/Bus Driver per CSEA Contract at $14.26 Base Rate per hour plus shift differential Rate of Pay for Dustin Traynor for Custodian/Bus Driver at $15.46 Base Rate per hour
The board approved Nicole Curtin and Eric Hample as Chemical Hygiene Officers
The board approved Eric Hample as Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
The board approved Eric Hample and Noelle Short as Designated No-Smoking Zone Officials
The board approved the Probationary Appointment of Eric Hample as Senior Custodian effective March 24, 2020.

Next Regular Meeting Date, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6:00 p.m. in Cafeteria

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Weight restrictions on local roads

LPTB March 2 2020

Weight restrictions on local roads
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—At a regular meeting of the Lake Pleasant Town Board held on March 2, the board passed a resolution to POST WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON TOWN ROADS FOR THE YEAR 2020 as follows.
WHEREAS, Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 41, Section 1660 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 Lake Pleasant hereby requests and authorizes the County Superintendent of Highways post weight restrictions on Town roads within the Town of Lake Pleasant when he deems necessary for the calendar year 2020 ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Betsy Bain, Councilperson: Cristine Meixner, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius, Nancy Seifts Nays: None.
REVENUE LINES AND EXPENDURE LINES AS A RESULT OF THE STORM.
RESOLVED, that as a result of the Halloween storm there have been unexpected expenses and there will be reimbursement monies from the State and FEMA so new budget lines will be needed to be set up for this book work.
ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius, Cristine Meixner. Nays: None
HIGHWAY
Highway Superintendent Randy LaVarnway reported that most of the snowmobile trails were in good shape. All the groomers are in satisfactory shape. DOT informed Randy that photos have been taken of the parking lot north of the Village which Lavarnway wants to expand more and it shows the parking lot needs to be expanded more.
PURCHASE A BRUSH BAR AT A COST OF $4,500.00
RESOLVED, that the Board approved the purchase of a brush bar which gets attached to a groomer that will cut brush while grooming
ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Cristine Meixner, Nancy Seifts, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius Nays: None
BUILDINGS
Superintendent Lavarnway met with the Library’s building committee about the east entrance to the building. A grant was issued to the Library, so the committee is looking into using Trex for the new set of stairs which is a non-skid material. There is no ramp needed there. The lightening on the flagpole has been fixed.
Superintendent Lavarnway reported that the Town is helping the Village DPW with a water main break on Route 8.
OLD BUSINESS
Speculator Mayor Barrett gave an update report on Makomis Mountain Fire Tower that the Village wants to purchase through a DEC grant. The Tower which is 49 feet tall will put together and stand by the Pathway entrance behind the Village Pavilion. The Fire Tower Committee needs to raise $30,000 in order to complete the project. There will be a scheduled talk from Marty Podskoch in late June who is an author of “Adirondack Fire Towers”. A variance will still be needed because of the height of the Tower. There will be more support for this project from the County. There will be more events and fund raisers for this project.
Supervisor Bain reported the Verizon Cell Tower Contract is on hold as she was informed that the person who is working on this is on vacation. The LED lighting at the Town has been completed.
SENIORS CITIZENS CONTRACT FOR 2020
RESOLVED, that the 2020 Lake Pleasant Seniors Citizen group and the Town of Lake Pleasant have signed and approved the 2020 Agreement. The Town and the Seniors wish to provide a meal site and activities for all senior citizen residents of the Town of Lake Pleasant.
ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Cristine Meixner, Nancy Seifts, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius Nays: None.
NEW BUSINESS
Supervisor Bain asked the Board to reconsider sending out 2020 Census letter, the postage would be over $400 she suggests doing a flyer would be just as effective.
AMEND RESOLUTION #28 DATED FEBRUARY 19, 2020
RESOLVED, the Board agreed to amend resolution 28 dated Feb. 19, 2020 that the Supervisor will not send a Census letter out but put out flyers instead. Permission for the Town Clerk to place a box ad in the Hamilton County Express.
ADOPTED, by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Neil McGovern, Don Braunius. Nays: None
SERVICES WITH THE ADIRONDACKS SPECULATOR REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
RESOLVED, the signed agreement between the Town Board of the Town of Lake Pleasant and the Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce has been signed agreed the annual sum of $34,000 to be paid to the Chamber quarterly beginning March 2020 ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Don Braunius, Neil McGovern
Councilperson Meixner and Supervisor Bain will be meeting to review Emergency Operation Plan updates. Supervisor Bain reminded everyone of the meetings scheduled with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance regarding low-interest loans available to business and private owners to repair damages to properties after the Halloween Storm.
Councilperson Seifts reported that the youth rec. committee met with Oak Mt. to start getting a contract together on ski lessons.
ADVERTISE FOR A SUMMER YOUTH REC. AIDES.
RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk will place an ad in the Hamilton County Express for youth rec. aides.
ADOPTED by the following vote. Ayes: Supervisor Bain, Councilperson: Nancy Seifts, Cristine Meixner, Don Braunius, Neil McGovern
PUBLIC COMMENT
Mayor Barrett asked Supervisor Bain to email her the 2020 Census letter. Lake Pleasant President Karen McComb stated the east entrance does not need a ramp.
Robert Hoffman again stated that DOT has no plans on working on Rt 8/30 this year. Supervisor Bain said it was her understanding that DOT was just waiting on funds to be released by the Governor.
Councilperson Meixner asked if there was any word from BST&Co about the audit being started and the AUD. Supervisor Bain said the Town has been issued and extension for the AUD, the Audit cannot be started until the AUD is filed. The Town is looking to hire a BTI applicator and there is also a need for EMTs and drivers during the weekdays for the Speculator Ambulance Corps.
Adirondack Park Local Government Days will be held April 29-30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Placid if any Board members are interested.

This article is based on minutes provided by Deborah O’Rourke, Town Clerk

Wells plans on FEMA reimbursements

Regular meeting, Town of Wells, February 10, 2020


Wells plans on FEMA reimbursements
By PETE KLEIN
WELLS—When the Wells Town Board met on February 10, Supervisor Nick Mauro updated the board with the following information concerning FEMA reimbursements
On January 14, 2020 Highway Superintendent, Clay Earley, Bookkeeper Jennifer Woodward, Councilperson Rebekah Crewell and myself attended a meeting with representatives from the State, Homeland Security, to discuss FEMA reimbursement. To say this was information overload, is an understatement. After 3 hours of intense informational content without so much as a drink of water, we all left feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused as to next steps and processes.
Fortunately, at that meeting we were able to re-connect with Anthony Minitti, (Disaster Assistance Representative from NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services). Anthony will be our dedicated consultant through this entire process. He is also the one that initially came out and met with Clay to assess damages. Anthony met with Clay, Jen, Rebekah and me in the town office building on Thursday January 30 and provided some much-needed clarification as to the process. Here are some bullet points to summarize key steps that have been done and what we can expect in the days to come:
Applicants briefing is starting point: This is a declared disaster and we WILL be receiving reimbursement from FEMA, just determining how long that it will be before funds are received. Realistically will be months.
Request for Public Assistance was already sent in and received by state, forwarded to FEMA, once accepted as applicant, FEMA has 5 days to call for an “exploratory call”, expect a couple of weeks from January 30 meeting. They will then ask us to provide basic details of damages, at that point they will schedule a “recovery scoping meeting”.
Recovery Scoping Meeting: they will sit with Clay and Nick and go through the specifics of the damage, identifying all sites, quantifying of materials needed to repair etc. This will be on-site inspections and identify projects. Projects will be individual in nature, i.e. this road has this much damage and x amounts of materials were used/need to be used to. Future work will be contemplated in reimbursement as well.
$131,100 = small project and we get paid up front, once it’s been obligated and approved by FEMA.
Large project – over $131,100 can do progress payments to get paid as we go so; we don’t have to front that money ourselves.
FEMA will pay for rental of equipment to get rid of debris that has accumulated as a result of the storm
FEMA will pay for repair of storm damage to local parks and beach
FEMA will cover the deductible from the Flood Insurance FEMA – will provide 75% reimbursement
STATE – will provide 12.5% reimbursement – governor’s office
Total of 87.5% federal/state reimbursement is expected. Town of Wells will be responsible for the remaining 12.5% of expenses.
Rebekah Crewell and Jennifer Woodward will be assisting the Supervisor and Highway Superintendent in the next steps and with the direct reporting to FEMA. As of February 4, Rebekah has assisted Clay in getting set up with the FEMA Grants Portal. The Town of Wells has been assigned a FEMA PA Code Number (Public Assistance number). Clay now awaits a call from them to schedule the Exploratory Call.
Please contact me with any questions. Nick Mauro, Supervisor, Town of Wells.
Councilperson Lauria asked about the sediments in the lake. Supervisor Mauro said FEMA will reimburse removal but not a full dredging.
MONTHLY HYDROELECTRIC UPDATE
Supervisor Mauro stated that due to the plant being offline in November and December 2019 there are no revenues/expenses to report. We should receive a check within the next couple of weeks as the plant is now generating income and running well.
RESOLUTIONS/ACTION ITEMS
PROCLAIMING FEBRUARY 2, 2020 AS HELEN BUYCE DAY
On a motion of Councilperson Saltis, seconded by Councilperson Hunt, the following was APPROVED Ayes 5 Mauro, Crewell, Hunt, Lauria, Saltis Nays 0
WHEREAS, Helen Buyce is an esteemed, loved and treasured long-time former resident of the Town of Wells, and
WHEREAS, Helen has served the community of Wells all her life by her presence, teachings, knowledge and kindness, and
WHEREAS, the community expresses thanks to Helen for her lifelong dedication to the Town of Wells and its residents and for her selfless giving of her talents to enrich the lives of so many, and
WHEREAS, the Wells Town Supervisor, the Wells Town Board and all the citizens of Wells desire to join the outpouring of respect and admiration for Helen Buyce upon the occasion of her 100th birthday, now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Wells Town Supervisor, the Wells Town Board and all the citizens of Wells hereby offer their sincere admiration, congratulations and very best wishes to Helen Buyce on her 100th birthday, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this proclamation be spread upon the minutes of the Meeting of the Wells Town Board on this 10th day of February, 2020.
APPOINTING A DOG WARDEN/ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER FOR 2020
On a motion of Councilperson Crewell, seconded by Councilperson Lauria, the following was APPROVED Ayes 5 Mauro, Crewell, Hunt, Lauria, Saltis Nays 0
BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board appoints Robert Zemken for the year 2020.
APPOINTING A TOWN HISTORIAN
On a motion of Councilperson Saltis, seconded by Councilperson Crewell, the following was APPROVED Ayes 4 Mauro, Crewell, Hunt, Saltis Nays 0; Abstained 1 Lauria
WHEREAS, a Town Historian collects and preserves materials relating to the Town and works with the County and State Historians in performing the historical work of the Town, now therefore BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor appoint Jen Woodward as the Town Historian for 2020.
CONTRACT WITH WELLS CENTRAL FOR SCHOOL BUS MAINTENACE
On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Crewell, the following was APPROVED Ayes 5 Mauro, Crewell, Hunt, Lauria, Saltis Nays 0
WHEREAS, the Town provides a certified School bus Mechanic and facilities to maintain transportation vehicles for the Wells Central School District through a contract, and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has reviewed the 2020-21 proposed contract effective July 1, 2020,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to sign an agreement with the Wells Central School District to provide a certified School Bus Mechanic and facilities to maintain transportation vehicles for said District as described in the attached agreement.
Councilperson Lauria asked if the rate was the same as last year, yes.
PRESENTATIONS
Justin M. Gonyo, President of Hudson Consulting provided the Board with a presentation regarding his company’s interest to administer the research of grants or other funding sources that may facilitate the remediation of the Algonquin Lake Dam. His services include identify potential grant sources and supporting entities, assemble grant applications and supporting documents and provide management for project and report on progress. At no charge Justin would tour the dam and then put together a proposal for the scope of work. Councilperson Crewell, a big proponent of grants said Justin is her resource for grant writing as she feels he is an expert, and this could take the dam to the next level.
Jim Abbott, Assessor and Barry Baker, County Director of Real Property, discussed property evaluation. Jim Abbott informed the Board that the last reassessment was done in 2007-2008 and the current Equalization rate is 93%. He feels by doing a reassessment or revaluation he would like to see the rate at 85%. All three towns, Benson, Hope and Wells must agree, and the total cost is $43,000 with Wells portion being $21,500. He reiterated a reassessment does not necessarily mean an increase in taxes.
WELLS SKI CLUB
Corinne Hayden, Wells Central School Ski Club advisor thanked the Town for funding the ski club each year and requesting $1500 once again for the 2020-2021 ski season. Supervisor Mauro explained there is a line item in the budget titled “Youth Contract Expense”.
WELLS TOWN BEACH –DAY USE FEE
Supervisor Mauro said during his campaign he had residents come to him suggesting the Town charge a day use fee for non-residents. This is a possibility or close the beach to residents only as Northville does. Councilperson Crewell is concerned about the traffic/parking situation on busy days. Jim Abbott brought up the fact that we have multiple rental properties with guests that use the beach. Councilperson Saltis felt if we charged a day use that monies collected may not offset the expense of administering a program. Councilperson Hunt feels it should be for residents only.
 FARMER’S MARKET
Supervisor Mauro read an email from Bonnie Reisinger from the Adirondack Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce regarding using the pavilion one Thursday this summer and having the Farmer’s Market, which is held each Thursday at the Speculator pavilion come to Wells so that residents can take advantage of all it has to offer and may also gain some crafters. She feels it could generate some good local business for our area if we would consider having them.
Councilperson Crewell added as Vice President of the Chamber, they are trying to move the market around to different towns within the county.
JUSTICE COURT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARD
The Town Justice Court received a 2019-2020 Justice Court Assistance Program Award for furniture, an AED unit and Video Surveillance, alarm system for a total of $8,459.
THREE RIVERS ALLIANCE RELOCATION
They currently rent the former WVAC office and would like to relocate to the basement office in Community Hall. We will repaint the office and be ready for them to relocate in March or April.
KIBLER POINT CEMETERY
Jean Frederick approached Supervisor Mauro regarding the cemetery on Kibler Point. She researched and found a deed where the Town purchased the property on December 3, 1990 for a $1.00. Jean feels it hasn’t been routinely maintained. Superintendent Earley said his crew will now maintain it a couple of times a year.
BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT
The Board reviewed the Building Code Enforcement Officer’s report for January 2020. He also made the Board aware of the fact that Leona Aird has a monitoring device that’s tied to Ellis Hospital and currently has no coverage. He is working with Centerline Communications for a building permit regarding an 18-foot extension of the existing monopole which will provide Leona coverage and others.
 HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Superintendent Earley received a new mid-size truck last week and the old one is on Auctions International to be sold. He needs more space in the garage due to the GAVAC vehicle and is proposing an automatic door be installed on the northeast corner at a cost of approximately
$1,999. He will obtain more quotes.
COMMITTEES ROUND TABLE
Councilperson Lauria said the Watershed meeting scheduled for last Friday was canceled due to inclement weather.
Councilperson Crewell reported that she and Councilperson Hunt met with Town Justice Murphy to review both Town Justice books which were all in order.
Councilperson Hunt asked about better lighting in Community Hall. Dave Brenan is pricing LED lighting and plans to paint the ceiling a bright white.
Councilperson Saltis has been in email contact with Casey Young, NYS Department of Health regarding the Summer Rec program. She is contacting last year’s Counselors in hope they return this year. Dates for the program, July 1-23, with trips on Thursday’s, swim lessons for the younger children on Friday’s and with Trailblazer’s for hikes with the older children.
PUBLIC ACCESS
Dee Parker is encouraging people to use the LIFT Program. Sponsored by Camp of the Woods, young adult ministry who will help people with any inside or outside projects. The contact person is Rachel Nelson.
Roy Grisenthwaite, kudos to the Board for having Hudson Consulting come in. As an FYI, in Myrtle Beach you pay a percentage to use the beach.
Last comment - be prepared for the reassessment.

This article is based on minutes provided by Maryellen Stofelano Town Clerk.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


ILCS BOE March 17 2020



Indian Lake Central School budget under the cap
By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE
The Indian Lake Central School Board of Education met on March 17 and approved the 2020/2021 school budget under the tax levy cap.
The Maximum Allowable Tax Levy is $5,208,458.
The approved budget is showing a levy of $5,208,235, which puts it under the Maximum Allowable Tax Levy by $351.
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL
The board approved the Office and Custodial 2020-21 Calendar.
The board approved the 2020-21 payroll schedule
The board approved the section VII merging of sports teams with Long Lake.
The board approved the claims audit for February 1-29, 2020.
The board approved Elisha Cohen and Allison Conboy, Modified girls’ softball coaches.
The board approved Allison Gonyo, Varsity girls’ softball coach (Amanda Flemington, already approved).
The board approved David Snide as Data Protection Officer.
The board approved Jim Pine as outing club advisor at a rate of $20 per hour.
The board approved the account clerk, superintendent secretary/district clerk and Guidance/CSE secretary job descriptions.
The board approved Chelsea Kennedy-Long term substitute-Special Education STEP I BA.
The board accepted the Elsa Schisler resignation as teaching assistant.
The board approved Heather Shaw’s resignation as Special Education Teacher.
The board approved Glenn Van Norstrand bus driver hourly rate at $18.50/hour.
The board approved the CSE Recommendations.

My Movie ILCS BOE March 17 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Catholic Churches Closed

By Pete Klein
Ogdensburg—On March 17, Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg, reported the following to all Catholics.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
In light of more recent developments concerning the Coronavirus and its effect on the most vulnerable of our faith family, particularly our elderly, all public Masses in the Diocese of Ogdensburg beginning Wednesday, March 18 are suspended until further notice. We will keep you informed as to when they will resume. During this time period, all the faithful are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to participate at Mass.
This difficult decision for me to ask people not to gather for the Holy Eucharist is made in consideration of strong recommendations from public health officials and after consultation with my vicars and some Deans. Care and concern for everyone’s health (spiritual, emotional and physical), especially elderly persons, those with underlying health issues, our clergy and liturgical ministers necessitates this extraordinary measure.
Until public Masses are reinstated, priests are encouraged to offer Mass in private. As Catholics, caring for our spiritual and sacramental lives is most important. Therefore, our priests will continue to be available for sacramental emergencies while maintaining the necessary public health precautions.
At the pastor’s discretion, churches may remain open for private prayer. Public devotions such as the Stations of the Cross should be suspended. However, the faithful are encouraged to make those devotions in private. If a church is open, pastors will ensure that there is a thorough daily cleaning of all surfaces and that social distancing (at least six feet) is maintained.
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals raise particular concerns. These celebrations may proceed but attendance should be limited to immediate family and all public health precautions must be observed. Of course, in the case of emergency, Baptism and the Anointing of the Sick should be conferred. The individual reception of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) may continue to be offered. We are not in a situation that requires general absolution.
Although public Masses are cancelled, your parish will continue to face its financial obligations to employees and others. Please help your parish out by mailing your offering or by online contributions. Your pastor will strive to meet payroll and other essential parish bills during this time. Your continued support of your parish is urgently needed and gratefully received at this difficult time. At the pastor’s discretion, parish offices may remain open with essential staff. Pastors will ensure regular thorough cleaning of the office space and appropriate social distancing for the benefit of all. For any questions, please contact your pastor.
We continue to pray for our diocesan family. We pray for healing for those already afflicted with the virus. May our Blessed Mother intercede with her Son, for those who are hurting, the vulnerable and the fearful. May our response to this crisis, be strengthened through prayer and sacrifice as our Lenten journey continues. I’m so grateful for your prayerful support.

State Police on Wuhan Virus

Police Report March 17 2020

Two important announcements from the New York State Police.
If you are experiencing an emergency, as always, call 911. When placing an emergency call, please advise dispatchers if you or any members of your household are experiencing flu-like symptoms. This information will ensure first responders can prepare to prevent the spread of any illnesses.
In addition, until further notice, the State Police are suspending employment fingerprinting, along with child safety seat checks at our stations.
Public safety is a mission priority for our Troopers. While we understand that suspending these services is an inconvenience to the public, this is an extraordinary circumstance.  The State Police are committed to doing what we can to assist the State’s emergency response to COVID-19.
We will notify the public when these services, both employment fingerprinting and child safety seat checks, will once again be provided to the public.  Please also check our online newsroom, nyspnews.com, for the latest updates. We will also be posting the updates to New York State Police social media pages, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

State Police March 17 2020 advice on calling 911 because of Wuhan Virus

Monday, March 16, 2020

Inlet TB February 11 2020

Public hearing for Townsend property
By PETE KLEIN
INLET—At the February 11 meeting of the Inlet Town Board, the Townsend family would like to obtain ownership of a strip of land that separates the John Townsend property into two lots. A value would have to be determined and research as to how it could be done is needed. It would also have to have a public hearing, including a permissive referendum.
Yvonne Lutz spoke that she believes that strip is where the deeded lake rights to Seventh Lake for her house are. More research from John Deming will be done.
Councilman Brownsell made a motion to start the process with a public hearing opening at 7:45 pm on March 10. Councilman Levi seconded.
4 ayes 0 nays motion carried. Councilman Townsend recused himself.
HIGHWAY
Superintendent Hansen reported on the numerous projects that they have been working on, in addition to plowing, sanding, installing springs on truck and Mack going out for repairs. The 284 report was discussed and what projects would be encompassed. Supervisor Frey had thanked the Highway Department for all the hard work with the recent storm.
TRANSFER STATION
The Transfer Station is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays. The hours seem to be going well so far. Keeping up on the sorting. Received two quotes for a new 30-yard container. Fairly close in price, however, specifications on each was discussed. The Board didn’t see a real difference in the two.
Councilman Levi made a motion to purchase the less expensive one with WasteQuip at $5,595. Councilman Townsend seconded.
5 ayes 0 nays motion carried.
CAP21
CAP21 is still working on helping different towns secure highspeed internet. Working to have all underserved areas addressed.
NATIONAL GRID
Town Clerk Yvonne Lutz presented a letter from National Grid and an easement needed to move a pole from a neighboring property to partially on the Town property in the ballpark area (road). The Board reviewed the proposed location on a map, however, did not feel comfortable signing the easement until the physically went out to the location to determine the new placement.
SUPERVISOR
The Board had reviewed the Supervisor’s reports for the years and all the funds balances/deficits presented by Yvonne Lutz. Some fund lines were overspent, however, were to be funded by other lines that had funds unspent. Councilman Brownsell made a motion to allow Supervisor Frey and Bookkeeper to the Supervisor, Yvonne Lutz to make all fund lines whole in accordance with fund balances to present the AUD to the Comptroller’s office. Councilman Levi seconded.
5 Ayes 0 Nays Motion carried.
MEETINGS
Supervisor Frey mentioned that he would be attending the Climate Smart meeting, in addition to a meeting regarding the reciprocal police contract.
SOCIAL MEDIA
Supervisor Frey spoke regarding social media and continued issues. He asked that if a town employee is replying to something public online to please remain positive. Even if acting in a personal capacity, be mindful that you are a town employee.
TRAILS
Groomers were out every day. Conditions are still thin in spots. Shawn thanked Town of Webb for allowing them to use snow in Eagle Bay to help with thinning trails. The transition of Chip overseeing grooming is going well. Dave Scranton asked if the golf course has been open yet and at this time, it has not because they need at least 18 inches of snow to groom. Mr. Corasanti was thanked for the use of his equipment and help on the trails. His equipment worked even better with the conditions currently. Dave Scranton asked what discussions have been had with Mr. Corasanti regarding the easements to start working on the land for the mountain bike trails. He added that we are lucky to have someone like Dave Corasanti to work with. Supervisor Frey agreed that he is wonderful to work with.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Aimee VanWie wanted to state for the record that Frank Abel is a dedicated worker and always looks out for the town employees. She added that he drives a long distance to be here and is always reliable.
Brad Fox spoke regarding his position with the Town of Inlet and his love for the job. He read a statement to the Board expressing his wishes to keep his job and why things had happened to cause his termination. Brad expressed that he feels it was a lack of communication and dislike from co-workers that caused any issues. He reminded everyone of how hard he works.
Mitch Lee defended the accusations that other employees were not easy to get along with and as hard of workers, as Brad had indicated.
Dave Scranton spoke and said he felt that Brad was a huge asset to the town and that he is somewhat mistreated.
Supervisor John Frey clarified that a portion of Brad Fox’s pay included a stipend for helping with coverage of the WWTP. Councilman Brownsell added that others were given this opportunity and did not want the job at the WWTP. Dave Scranton added that he doesn’t see an issue with an employee being a few minutes late.
After holding an Executive Session, the employee’s request to be rehired after termination was denied. He was wished best of luck.

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

Friday, March 13, 2020

Hope TB March 9 2020

Hope prepares for Wuhan Virus
By PETE KLEIN
HOPE—When the Hope Town Board met on March 9, Supervisor Steven Tomlinson reported he has met with Hamilton County Director of Nursing, Erica Mahoney, several times regarding the Corona Virus and how Hamilton County is preparing. He said as of this date there are no known active cases of the virus present in Hamilton County. The Nursing Services have been working closely with the Hamilton County Sherriff’s Department and their Dispatch Center, along with the State Police to ensure the protocol is followed if they are encountered with anyone with the suspected virus.
Supervisor Tomlinson went on to add that the county feels prepared with protocols in place and equipment that may be necessary. He added that Mahoney states there are avenues for those effected to reach out to them for, such as, food for 14 days of quarantine, as well as Airbnb and hotel accommodations for the families of those affected. NYS currently does have testing kits available in Albany. If they are needed in Hamilton County, The Nursing Service will reach out to them and are confident they could be here in a few hours. Supervisor Tomlinson states there are daily updates coming in and he will keep everyone posted of them.
HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Highway Superintendent Zachery Colson distributed a summary report for the month of February. It reads as follows: I have been working on the paperwork for the FEMA reimbursement. I have made a lot of progress on it and will be meeting with them this Wednesday for the scoping meeting.
We have been doing some work in the highway garage. We refurbished the office and created a break room. We cut a hole through one of the cinderblock walls and utilized a room that was getting very little use.
I will be going out to Viking Cives on Friday to have a Pre-installment meeting about our new truck. From this point we will be looking at 2-3 months to get the truck.
I am still working on the permit from DEC for the work we will be performing on Hope Falls Road. I have received word from the APA that approval from them is not needed for this work.
At this point Superintendent Colson discussed the forester summaries. He received two back. He learned that a lot of the foresters on the list work for the same company. Superintendent Colson added distributed written summary from Lake George Forestry Services, LLC and F & W. The town board members reviewed them and there was tabletop discussion about the reports. Under further review and discussion, the town board came to an agreement that they would like to meet with representatives from both companies to further get details on how the project will be. Councilman John Stuart Jr. asked if the project would require public vote. Supervisor Tomlinson is not sure, but he would investigate it and get an answer. Superintendent Colson will reach out the foresters to set up a meeting.
HAMILTON COUNTY TO POST WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson John Stuart Jr., the following resolution was ADOPTED.
“Resolved is the approval to allow Hamilton County to post weight restrictions on town roads for the year 2020.
BUILDING/CODE OFFICER REPORT
Supervisor Tomlinson also distributed the monthly report delivered by Code Officer Stewart. It read as follows: I issued no new permits in February. I completed the required codes report for the state. I completed the annual report for the Census Bureau. The website had 737 visits in January.
UPDATE INFORMATION REGARDING THE FIREHOUSE PROJECT
Supervisor Tomlinson states he met with Town Attorney Michael Polland regarding the contract between to the Town of Hope and Hope Volunteer Fire Department. He states everything looked to be in order in the contract and he should have a copy to distribute to the town board members in a few days. From there, if approved, the contract with be sent to Fire Chief Peter Robinson and their attorney for their approval. Once the contract is finalized, the project site work can begin. He explained that doing a walk through with a contractor he was able to get an estimate of approximately $100,000 for the project. This would include a new roof, siding for both the firehouse and storage building, automatic generator, new furnace, new well and all new interior. The board was in agreeance to continue to move ahead with the project. When completed this will be a firehouse and Municipal Center.
INCREASE WAGE FOR TRANSFER STATION EMPLOYEE
Superintendent Colson explained that Transfer Employee, June Robinson, collects garbage for the town every other Monday. Since, she is working in the Labor position during those hours, he would like to increase her hourly rate to $15 hour for this time. The effective start date is 2/24/2020.
On a motion by Councilperson Mark Stuart, seconded by Councilperson John Stuart Jr., the following resolution was ADOPTED - Resolved was the approval to increase wages for the transfer employee when working in the labor position for the town.
TOWN CLERK’S COMMENTS
Town Clerk Jill Dunham advises she competed her first electronic death certificate. She states it is an easier process and requires less paperwork. With this, she will no longer be issuing the burial permits because that is also done electronically, and the funeral director can print them himself.
Dunham also attended a meeting regarding emergency preparedness. Northville Central School is listed through American Red Cross as a site for Town of Hope residents. There is also a mobile unit that can be utilized for emergencies such as the Halloween storm that occurred. It was learned through this meeting that there was a lack of communication that prevented the Town of Hope from receiving the mobile unit. The details to remedy this are being worked out. There is more information to come as the plan evolves. Jill will keep everyone posted.
The last thing Jill advises is that tax season is winding down and everything is on track regarding that.
COUNCILPERSON’S COMMENTS
Councilman John Stuart, Jr. asked if there was a working camera at the Transfer Station for safety purposes. Supervisor Tomlinson states there is not due to the fact it would require internet. Councilman Mark Stuart asked if Network Bridging was an available option through Spectrum. Supervisor Tomlinson did not know but will research the idea.
Supervisor Tomlinson asked Superintendent Colson to remove the railing outside the town hall. It does not need to be there to meet code since it is mostly at ground level. More soil will be brought in to level the ground out. He also asked that the town board allow a tree to be planted. The town board like that idea and William Witts may be able to get us one.
To conclude, Supervisor Tomlinson thanked everyone for their continued hard work with all that is going on.
The next scheduled Town of Hope Town Board meeting will be held on April 6, 2020 at 7 PM at the Hope Town Hall, located at 548 State Highway 30, Hope, NY.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Jill Dunham, Town Clerk.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Ranger Report March 11 2020


Long Lake--Wilderness Rescue: On March 2 at 10:10 a.m., Forest Ranger Jenifer Temple responded to a snowmobile accident on Uncas Road in Raquette Lake. Forest Ranger Temple arrived with Raquette Lake Ambulance to find a 54-year-old woman from Manlius had suffered multiple serious injuries to her extremities and torso. Ranger Temple assisted with packaging the woman for transport by Raquette Lake Ambulance to an area hospital in Utica for further treatment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Stewart’s move going forward

ILTB March 9 2020


Stewart’s move going forward
By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE—When the Indian Lake Town Board met on March 9, it passed several resolutions including a resolution to hold a Permissive Referendum on a land swap between the Stewart’s and the Town that will allow Stewart’s to vacate its present location and move west on Rt. 28/30, taking up a large area that will include the Town's Chamber building property. The land swap between the Town and Stewart’s will result in the Town acquiring the current Stewart’s property and building in exchange for the Town property.
Once everything is finalized and Stewart’s moves to its new location, the Chamber will renovate and move into the current Stewart’s building.
RESOLUTION TO POST WEIGHT LIMITS ON TOWN ROADS
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 breakup, be it RESOLVED, the Town Board of the Town of Indian Lake hereby requests and authorizes the County Superintendent of Highways post weight  restrictions on Town  roads within the Town of Indian Lake when he deems necessary for the calendar year 2020.
AUTHORIZATION TO BID - TRUCK/SNOWMOBILE GROOMER
The Board authorized advertising for bids for a new sewer and water department pick-up truck and snowmobile trail groomer.
All bids must be received at the Office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Indian Lake by April 10, 2020, at 4 p.m.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Board hereby designates that Town Supervisor Brian Wells shall publicly open and read aloud at the Town of Indian Lake Town Hall on April 13, 2020, at 7 p.m., all bids received.
EXAMINATION AND AUDIT OF THE JUSTICE COURT
WHEREAS, Town Justice S. Edward Brown, Jr. has submitted his records for review. AND, WHEREAS, Town Justice Nancy Landmesser, has submitted her records for review. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Indian Lake has acknowledged and performed an audit of Town of Indian Lake Justice S. Edward Brown, Jr and Justice Tatiana Coffinger court records and financials.
The board by RESOLUTION accepted a Grant of $909,178 awarded to Blue Mt. Lake Water Project.
The board will now seek additional grants to cover the Blue Mt. Lake Water Project which has a total estimated cost of $1,505,296.
PARKS AND REC
After some discussion, the board authorized changing the name of the Parks and Rec Department to the Building Maintenance and Operations Department.
DISASTER FIELD OPERATIONS NEWS RELEASE
Disaster Field Operations Center East in a press release dated Feb. 27, 2020, said the SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of New York Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding and Straight-Line Winds
WASHINGTON - New York businesses and residents affected by severe storms, flooding and straight­ line winds on Oct. 31, 2019 through Nov. 1, 2019 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration,
Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.
Interest rates are as low as 3.875 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at PisasterLoan.sbai,gov.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing isastercustomerseryjce@sbag.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba,gov.
Completed applications should be returned to the centers or mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is April 27, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 25. 2020.
The next town board meeting will be held on Monday April 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.