Saturday, August 8, 2020

RAISE OUR FLAGS TO FULL STAFF

Supervisors August 6 2020

RAISE OUR FLAGS TO FULL STAFF
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT
When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on August 6, The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, since April 8, 2020 as per the directive of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, our flag, the symbol the United States of America, has been at half-staff mourning the loss of our fellow citizens in New York in the battle against COVID-19, and
WHEREAS, as of August 6, 2020 we have mourned as a State for one-hundred twenty- one consecutive days, and the longer our flag remains at half-staff, the less significant its meaning becomes, and
WHEREAS, we will continue to mourn every life that is lost in our State, the U.S.A., and the nations of the world, and
WHEREAS, since the death of 799 New Yorker’s on April 9th, and with the exception of a one-day spike of 951 deaths on May 7th, the number of deaths per day has been in single and double digits, and was 5 on July 31st 2020, and
WHEREAS, federal guidance requires the lowering of our flag to half-staff for 30 days for the death of any current or former president of the United States, and
WHEREAS, it has been said that when our flag is at half-staff, the invisible flag of death waves above it, and
WHEREAS, in the ongoing war against COVID-19, the citizens of New York State understand that more death and mourning is inevitable, but they do not want to continue fighting in this war against an invisible enemy with the flag of our enemy flying above our own flag, the Stars and Stripes, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors respectfully request that you, Governor Cuomo, set the example and lead our State in the battles to come with our flag at full- staff, waving proudly, as an inspiration to our State and our Country. You have demonstrated your compassion by lowering our flag, and now you can show us all that you will lead the living to victory with our flag at full staff. May God Bless New York State and the United States of America.
PUBLIC HEARING ON MORTGAGE RECORDING TAX
The board passed the following resolution.
RESOLVED, that proposed Local Law No. 8 of 2020 titled “A LOCAL LAW TO EXTEND THE ADDITIONAL MORTGAGE RECORDING TAX WITHIN THE COUNTY OF HAMILTON” is hereby is introduced before the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and in order to give interested members of the public the opportunity to be heard thereon, the Board of Supervisors shall hold a public hearing at the Supervisors’ Rooms in the Hamilton County Municipal Building on the 3rd day of September, 2020, at 11 a.m., on the matter of the adoption of said proposed Local Law No. 8 of 2020, entitled “A  LOCAL  LAW  TO  EXTEND  THE  ADDITIONAL  MORTGAGE  RECORDING  TAX WITHIN THE COUNTY OF HAMILTON”, and it be further
RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors be, and she hereby is authorized and directed to give notice of such public hearing in the manner provided by law.
PUBLIC HEARING ON EXTENDING THE GENERAL SALES AND COMPENSATING USE TAXES TAX
The board passed the following resolution.
RESOLVED, that proposed Resolution extending the general sales and compensating use taxes within the County of Hamilton, attached hereto and made a part hereof, be, and the same hereby is introduced before the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and in order to give interested members of the public the opportunity to be heard thereon, the Board of Supervisors shall hold a public hearing at the Supervisors’ Rooms in the Hamilton County Municipal Building on the 3rd day of September, 2020, at 11:15 a.m., on the matter of the adoption of said proposed Resolution extending the general sales and compensating use taxes within the County of Hamilton, and it be further
RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors be, and she hereby is authorized and directed to give notice of such public hearing in the manner provided by law.
ABSTRACTING SERVICES FOR THE TREASURER’S OFFICE
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office each year has stub searches performed on delinquent properties that are part of the foreclosure procedure, and
WHEREAS, last year this was successfully performed by Mountain Abstract Company, Inc., and
WHEREAS, Mountain Abstract Company, Inc. can provide the abstracting services we need at the same price as last year’s services; that being $125 per new search and $50 per two-year update search, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman is hereby authorized to enter into an abstracting agreement with Mountain Abstract Company, Inc., PO Box 140, Chestertown, NY 12817 under the same terms and conditions as was done last year.
FULTON COUNTY INFORMATION SERVICES CONTRACT- PROBATION
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Probation Department began contracting with the Fulton County Information Services Department to provide hosting and IT services for their Caseload Explorer Program on October 1, 2013, and
WHEREAS, the Probation Department wishes to continue receiving this service, and WHEREAS, the Fulton County IT Department is willing to continue this service at the
same rate of $2,400 per year, and
WHEREAS, the contracts for 2017 through 2020 were not executed, and
WHEREAS, the payments for 2017, 2018, and 2019 were not made because contracts were not executed, but Fulton County did provide the service, be it
RESOLVED, that with the approval of the County Attorney, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute contracts with Fulton County IT for said services for the years 2017-2020, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the County Treasurer be hereby authorized to transfer $7,200 from Contingent Account No. A1990.0401 to Probation Account No. A3140.0411 Computer Equipment/Services, and be it further
RESOLVED, that upon receipt of fully executed contracts the Probation Director is authorized to process payments for said services through the audit process.
ELDERLY CONTRACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON OFFICE FOR THE AGING AND HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service maintains an agreement with Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, and
WHEREAS, Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service provides services for Hamilton County residents under a Community Services for the Elderly contract, and
WHEREAS, this contract has been submitted for renewal for the period April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 in the amount of $3,313.00, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the agreement between the Public Health Nursing Service and Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, upon approval of the County Attorney, on behalf of the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service.
CONTRACT WITH LAKE PLEASANT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide for special education and related services for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a developmental delay as defined through a comprehensive evaluation, through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and
WHEREAS, Lake Pleasant Central School District is an approved provider of special education and related services through the New York State Department of Education, and
WHEREAS, the frequency and duration of services for each child is based on the findings of the comprehensive evaluation and rules applying to section 4410 of the NYS Education Law, as determined by the CPSE committee in preparing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and
WHEREAS, the compensation for special education and related services are set at rates in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Department of Education, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with said provider to provide the aforesaid services for the period of September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021 pursuant to an aforesaid IEP for each eligible child, with compensation for services rendered at the current approved rates set forth for Hamilton County by the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department, upon approval of  the County Attorney and the County Treasurer be so notified.
CONTRACT WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE RELATED SERVICES FOR THE PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM – INDIAN LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service is required to provide for Related Services (Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services) for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a developmental delay as defined through a comprehensive evaluation, through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and
WHEREAS, Indian Lake Central School District can provide these related services through the New York State Department of Education, and
WHEREAS, the frequency and duration of services for each child is based on the findings of the comprehensive evaluation and rules applying to section 4410 of the NYS Education Law, as determined by the CPSE committee in preparing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and
WHEREAS, the compensation for related services are set at rates in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Department of Education, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is authorized to enter into a contract with said provider to provide the aforesaid services for the period of September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021 pursuant to an aforesaid IEP for each eligible child, with compensation for services rendered at the current approved rates set forth for Hamilton County by the Rate Setting Unit of the NYS Education Department, upon approval of  the County Attorney, and the County Treasurer be so notified.
CONTRACTS FOR EVALUATION AND SERVICE PROVISION WITH CENTER-BASED SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR CHILDREN AGED 3-5 YEARS
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Hamilton County is required to provide for Comprehensive evaluations for children aged 3-5, who reside within Hamilton County and have a suspected developmental delay through the Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) process, and
WHEREAS, Hamilton County is required to provide for any combination of Center- Based itinerant or related professional services including: Special Education Itinerant (SEIT) Services; skilled Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Related services; Counseling and/or one-on-one Aide services for children determined to have an eligible level of developmental delay and require center-based services to fully meet their needs; as defined through the CPSE Process, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 4410 of the New York State Education Law, the County is required to maintain contracts with several providers for the provision of comprehensive Evaluation and specialized center-based services as described above; in order to provide parents with a choice for service provision, and
WHEREAS, reimbursement for comprehensive evaluation and subsequent center-based services is determined by the extent of the evaluation and results, and based on rates set in conjunction with the Rate Setting Unit of the New York State Education Department, and
WHEREAS, Comprehensive Evaluations may be requested at any time and/or professional related service provision may be requested at any time through the regular school year and/or the 30-day summer session, and
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service represents Hamilton County as administrator of this program, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign contracts, upon approval of the County Attorney, for Comprehensive Evaluation and Center-Based professional service provision for children residing within Hamilton County at rates set by the New York State Department of  Education,  for the  period  of September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021 between the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service and, not limited to but including, the following center-based preschool service providers:
NYSARC, Inc. a/k/a The Children’s Corner – The Adirondack ARC, Tupper Lake,
Center for Disability Services (No evaluations) Dba Prospect Center, Queensbury
Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Inc., Utica.
Children’s Development Group for Speech, OT, PT, and Psychological Services, PLLC, Keesville.
Kelberman Center, Inc., Utica.
HEALTH HOME SERVICES PROVIDER AGREEMENT BETWEEN HAMILTON COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES AND THE ADIRONDACK HEALTH INSTITUTE
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Hamilton County Community Services (HCCS) provides care management services under an agreement with the Adirondack Health Institute’s (AHI) Health Home, and
WHEREAS, the current agreement has been updated with respect to the administrative rate charged by AHI, updated changes to reflect the use of Netsmart and Millinpro, and additional third-party language to cover data usage with the New York State Department of Health, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the Chairman to sign the updated Health Home Services Provider Agreement and forward it to AHI per instructions provided by AHI.
DPW ACCOUNT CLERK
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the DPW has restructured the administration office for 2020, and
WHEREAS, the Superintendent had hired a Part-Time Account Clerk in February of 2020, and
WHEREAS, the current Part-Time Account Clerk has passed the Civil Service Exam for Account Clerk, and
WHEREAS, the Superintendent met with the Public Works Committee to ask for authorization to increase the Part-Time Account Clerk Position hours from 20 to 25 hours per week until October 5, 2020 and at that time make this position full time at 35 hours per week, and
WHEREAS, Public Works Committee recommends this change to the DPW office structure and supports changing the hours of the Part-Time Account Clerk from 20 to 25 hours per week until October 5, 2020 and at that time this position will become a full time 35-hour Account Clerk Position, be it
RESOLVED, that hereby the DPW Superintendent is authorized to change the hours of the Part-Time Account Clerk, Crystal Puterko from 20 to 25 hours per week effective Monday August 10, 2020 and effective October 5, 2020 Account Clerk Crystal Puterko will be a Full-Time 35 hour per week Account Clerk and the Personnel Officer and County Treasurer be so notified.
FUNDING FOR DAMAGE REPAIR FROM HALLOWEEN STORM
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 89-20 Authorized Appropriations of $250,000 for repairs of damage from the Halloween Storm of 2019, and
WHEREAS, the DPW has been continuing repairs from the damage and needs more funding to continue the damage repairs, and
WHEREAS, DPW Superintendent has spoken with the County Treasurer and recommends the transfer of $250,000 from the County Road Fund balance to fund these ongoing repairs, be it
RESOLVED, that $250,000 be transferred from the Unappropriated County Road Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to Capital Account No. H7.8760.401 Halloween Storm 2019 and that hereby the County Treasurer is authorized to make the said transfer and the Clerk of the Board and County DPW Superintendent be so notified.
AWARD OF BID SPECIFICATION 9-2020 BRIDGE DECKING
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Hamilton County DPW has solicited proposals for Bridge Decking and Associated Materials for Rogers Bridge on County Route 6, and
WHEREAS, One (1) bid was received in response to the said invitation to bidders, as follows: Laminated Concepts Inc., Big Flats, NY - Bid: $38,968. and
WHEREAS, the Superintendent has reviewed the bid to confirm that bid specifications were met and are satisfactory, and
WHEREAS, the County Highway Superintendent recommends the award be made, be it RESOLVED, the award of the bid for Bridge Decking and Related Materials be made to Laminated Concepts, Inc. in the amount of $38,968, and be it further
RESOLVED, the Chairman of the Board be authorized to enter into an agreement for the said Bridge Decking with Laminated Concepts, Inc. subject to the approval of the County Attorney and the County Treasurer, Highway Superintendent and Clerk of the Board be so notified.
CLOSE-OUT HATCH BROOK BRIDGE PROJECT
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 94-17 authorized the implementation and funding in the first instance 100% of the Federal Aid and State Eligible cost of a Federal Aid and/or State Aid transportation project and appropriated $910,000 for the Hatch Brook Bridge project BIN 3307290, and
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 275-17 established a Capital Project Account entitled Hatch Brook Bridge – Bridge NY Project of CR6 Bridge over Hatch Brook BIN 3307920 Town of Benson, Hamilton County, New York Account No. H6.5112.206, and
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County DPW Superintendent recommends that the project can be officially closed as all work is complete, all expenses are satisfied, the county has received all reimbursement and the Final Acceptance of Locally Administered Project was certified on July 2, 2020 by New York State Department of Transportation, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Treasurer is hereby authorized to close Account No. H6.5112.206, Hatch Brook Bridge – Bridge NY Project of CR6 Bridge over Hatch Brook BIN 3307920 Town of Benson, Hamilton County, New York and return the remaining balance of
$864,712.40 to the Unappropriated General Fund Balance and the Hamilton County DPW Superintendent and the Hamilton County Clerk of the Board be so notified.
CLOSE-OUT HAMILTON COUNTY FUEL CONSOLIDATION-PHASE III PROJECT
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 37-15 created and funded Capital Project Account No.
H5.5989.0201 Fuel Consolidation Project Phase III, and
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County DPW Superintendent recommends that the project can be officially closed as all work is complete, all expenses are satisfied, and the County has received all reimbursement, be it
RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Treasurer is hereby authorized to close Capital Project Account No. H5.5989.0201 Fuel Consolidation Project Phase III and return the remaining balance of $884,640.61 plus interest to the Unappropriated General Fund Balance and the Hamilton County DPW Superintendent and the Hamilton County Clerk of the Board be so notified.
SIGN CONTRACT WITH ABSOLUTE AUCTIONS & REALTY, INC.
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the County of Hamilton has had success in our property tax auctions over the past two years with Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc., and
WHEREAS, we have been able to put all our properties in the auctions back on the tax rolls, be it
RESOLVED, that the County of Hamilton contract with Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc. to hold property auctions on our behalf in conjunction with Fulton County’s tax property auctions, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the contract will cover two years, terminating on December 31, 2021 with the option of a one-year extension at the mutual consent of both parties, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board is authorized to sign the contract with Absolute Auction & Realty, Inc.
2020 CYBERSECURITY GRANT
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Board of Elections has been awarded the Cybersecurity Remediation Grant BOE01-C004251-1110000 for an amount up to $62,859.67, and
WHEREAS, this grant is reimbursable for actual costs per the Work Plan submitted by the Hamilton County Board of Elections, and
WHEREAS, both Commissioners have agreed to and signed off on said Work Plan, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign Cybersecurity Remediation Grant BOE01-C004251-1110000.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING AND HAMILTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Department of Social Services maintains an agreement between Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, and
WHEREAS, Hamilton County Department of Social Services is to provide services for Hamilton County residents under an EISEP Contract, and
WHEREAS, this contract will be for the period of April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 in an amount not to exceed $30,500, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the agreement between the Department of Social Services and Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, upon approval of the County Attorney, on behalf of the Hamilton County Department of Social Services.
EISEP AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFA FOR PCI AND PCII LEVEL SERVICES – PUBLIC HEALTH
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service has the capacity to provide personal care worker services for Hamilton County residents, and
WHEREAS, Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging wants to contract for PCI and PCII levels of service under the EISEP program with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service, and
WHEREAS, the agreement for the period commencing April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 has been increased by $10,000 for a total of $45,100, be it
RESOLVED, that upon the County Attorney’s approval, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign an amended agreement with Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging for PCI and PCII level services under the EISEP program for a term of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 for a total of $45,100.
EISEP AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFA FOR PCI AND PCII LEVEL SERVICES – PUBLIC HEALTH
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service has the capacity to provide personal care worker services for Hamilton County residents, and
WHEREAS, Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging wants to contract for PCI and PCII levels of service under the EISEP program with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service, and
WHEREAS, this agreement is for the period commencing April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 for a total of $35,100, be it
RESOLVED, that upon the County Attorney’s approval, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign an agreement with Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging for PCI and PCII level services under the EISEP program for a term of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 for a total of $35,100.
EVIDENCED BASED HEALTH PROMOTION CONTRACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN-HAMILTON COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING AND HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service maintains an agreement between Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, and
WHEREAS, Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service provides services for Hamilton County residents under a Title III-D contract, and
WHEREAS, this contract has been submitted for the period January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 in the full amount of $3,460, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to sign the agreement between the Public Health Nursing Service and Warren/Hamilton Office for the Aging, upon approval of the County Attorney, on behalf of the Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service.
RESCINDING RES. NO. 155-20 AND AUTHORIZING HYPER-REACH SERVICES AGREEMENT, FUNDING AND PAYMENT
The board passed the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 155-20 adopted June 4, 2020 authorized an agreement and funding for the Sam Asher Computing Services (aka Hyper-Reach) agreement, and
WHEREAS, it has now been determined that due to the term of the COVID funding that Public Health received it can only be used for one month of the Hyper-Reach agreement, be it
RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 155-20 be hereby rescinded, and be it further RESOLVED, that upon approval of the County Attorney the Chairman of the Board of
Supervisors is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with Sam Asher Computing Services, Inc. (aka Hyper-Reach) for the Hyper-Reach Notification System for a 3-year term, for a total contract of $16,250, and be it further
RESOLVED, that said contract will be paid in two 18-month payments, and be it further
RESOLVED, that $8,579.86 of DSRIP money currently in the unappropriated general fund balance be transferred from the Unappropriated General Fund Balance in accordance with Section 366 Subdivision 1 of the County Law to the following Accounts: Community Services Account No. A4310.0419 AHI DSRIP - $1,125 Public Health Account No. A4050.0446 AHI DSRIP PPS $7,454.86 and be it further
RESOLVED, that upon receipt of the invoice for the first 18 months of said services, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized to issue a check in the amount of $8,825.00 to Sam Asher Computing Services, Inc. (aka Hyper-Reach) to be paid from the following Accounts:
Public Health Account No. A4050.0446 AHI DSRIP PPS $7,454.86 Public Health Account No. A4189.4540 Emergency Preparedness Misc. $245.14 Community Services Account No. A4310.0419 AHI DSRIP $1,125. and be it further
RESOLVED, that Public Health commits $7,425 DSRIP funding to the second payment of said agreement, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Emergency Services Director, Sheriff, Director of Public Health, Director of Community Services and County Treasurer be so notified

Friday, August 7, 2020

Benson authorizes property reassessment

Benson TB July 21 2020

Benson authorizes property reassessment
By PETE KLEIN
BENSON—When the Benson Town Board met on July 21, it passed the following resolution: AUTHORIZATION FOR REASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY
WHEREAS, Mr. Barry Baker, Director of Real Property Services for Hamilton County has met twice with the Board and citizens of Benson, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Jim Abbott, Assessor for the Town of Benson has also met with the Board and the public, and
WHEREAS, C.A.P. reassessment for 2020 has been reduced from 93% to 85% for fiscal year 2020, which will mean an increase in school tax for Benson citizens this year and going forward, and
WHEREAS, the 85% will continue to be lower each year until we agree to an equalization rate of 100%, causing the school taxes to increase, and
WHEREAS, the Town of Benson, the Town of Hope, and the Town of Wells are all joined in a C.A.P., requiring all three Towns to agree to reassessment, otherwise there can be no reassessment, and
WHEREAS, if the three Towns decided to end the C.A.P. by resolution, they would be required to pay back several thousands of dollars, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED,  that the Town Board of Benson deems it to be of benefit to the taxpayers of Benson to do a reassessment of property values in Benson, with the understanding that if the other two Towns do not pass a resolution for reassessment, there will be no further action taken, and be it further
RESOLVED, if the Town of Hope and the Town of Wells do pass resolutions for reassessment, a much more formal resolution will be required for all the Towns, based on meeting the legal requirements. At this time, Mr. Baker has advised us that we should not expect a reassessment until 2021 at best.  After the reassessment, if any one of the three Towns opts out of the 100% equalization rate assessments, all three Towns will remain at whatever the C.A.P. equalization rate is at that time.
The Motion carried.
OTHER RESOLUTIONS
AUTHORIZING SUPERVISOR/CFO TO SIGN BROKER’S LETTER OF RECORD
WHEREAS, the Town of Benson Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the Town to include the MVP Health Insurance Plan under the umbrella of our primary insurance agency, the NBT Insurance Agency, and
WHEREAS, the present Broker is the Burnham Benefit Advisors of Lake Placid, N.Y., and
WHEREAS, there will be no change in expense or benefits with the MVP Health Insurance plan as this is strictly a change in the Broker, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Supervisor/CFO is authorized to sign the Broker’s Letter of Record Group #413634 naming Margaret Booth, MEDICARE AGENT on behalf of NBT Insurance Agency as our exclusive Insurance Broker with respect to our Medicare Advantage Health Insurance Plan, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Town wishes to acknowledge the excellent services provided by Burnham Benefit Advisors over many years, and that this change of Broker is being made by the Town of Benson in order to consolidate all our insurance needs with the NBT Insurance Agency. This consolidation will provide the Town with continued value-added service from the NBT Insurance Agency.
Motion carried.
TOWN HALL GENERATOR INSTALLATION
Motion was made to postpone installation of a Town Hall automatic generator system. Quotes were received from Rich Services, Amsterdam, in the amount of $7,650 and from North Country Electrical, Caroga Lake, in the amount of $7,200. An additional quote was received from J&R ELDREDGE of Lake Pleasant for two 100-gallon propane tanks for approximately $1,500. In addition, an eyebrow roof snow deflector would be required to be built bringing the total cost of the project to over $10,000. In this time of fiscal uncertainty prudence dictates that only the most critical expenditures be made.
REPAIRING THE TOWN HALL MASONRY CHIMNEY
The board accepted a quote from Darby Jensen to repair the Benson Town. Hall masonry chimney from the roofline up. The resolution authorizing the purchase was not to exceed the sum of $800.
Motion carried
The board also authorized the paving of North Road in 2020 and purchasing a town laptop computer for the Benson Supervisor.
The board also authorized purchasing additional street signs at a cost not to exceed $1,500.
THE HIGHWAY/TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE (Charles Biche, Tad Davis) reported Most street signs are up and the Jersey Barriers are coming.
The Legal Committee (John Stortecky and Dave Rogers) reported they are Compiling questions for Town Attorney, Heidi Gifford.
The Cemetery Committee (David Pincombe, Tad Davis, George Blowers, and Jeanne Cox) reported Flags set on Kern and Royem plots for George Blowers to set markers.
THE FINANCE COMMITTEE (David Pincombe and John Stortecky) reported the Town is in good financial health at this time.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Town Clerk Jeanne Cox

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Supervisors July 27 2020

Supervisors July 27 2020

Emergency communications to improve
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—On July 27, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held a special session to authorize the purchase of antenna equipment.
A resolution to authorize the purchase was approved and reads as follows.
“WHEREAS, Resolution No. 242-19 authorized the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Services to submit a purchase order to Capital Digitronics for the purchase of Harris Simulcast radios for Lake Pleasant, Oak Mt., and Blue Mountain, and
“WHEREAS, the radios have been installed at all 3 locations, and
“WHEREAS, antenna space is limited at both Oak Mt. and Blue Mt, so that there cannot be separate antenna systems for the Law channel, the Fire channel, and the EMS channel, and
“WHEREAS, by the use of a single pair of antennas at each location which are connected together through an antenna combiner system, all three entities will be able to be dispatched over the single pairs of antennas, and
“WHEREAS, Capital Digitronics, under State Contract # PT68714, has submitted a quote for a total of $100,680.00 which includes the combiner systems at both Oak Mt. and Blue Mt. as well as the installation costs, and
“WHEREAS, with the lead time of delivery at 10 weeks and the difficulty of winter access at both sites, therefore, be it
“RESOLVED, that the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management be authorized to submit a purchase order to Capital Digitronics for $100,680.00 for said equipment and installation with funding for said project coming from Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Formula Grant SI17-1003-D00, contract # C198204, and the Hamilton County Treasurer be so informed.”

Ranger Report July 29 2020

Ranger Report July 29 2020

INDIAN LAKE--On July 20 at 6:28 p.m., Hamilton County 911 transferred a call to DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 22-year-old female hiker from Oneonta on Blue Mountain with a non-weight-bearing injury to her lower leg. Coordinates provided by 911 placed the hiker about halfway down the mountain. Forest Rangers Scott, Miller, Lewis, and Milano responded along with the Blue Mountain Fire Department. At 8:05 p.m., the hiker was located, and first aid was provided for her injury. The subject was then carried in a litter down the mountain to the trailhead where she opted to seek further medical attention on her own.

INDIAN LAKE--On July 26 at 4:20 a.m., DEC's Central Dispatch received a call from New York State Police Dispatch reporting a missing 75-year-old man. The call was made by the man's son who had last seen his father about three hours prior. Forest Rangers Scott and Temple made the initial response to the man's last know location, and after a preliminary search of the area with negative results, additional Rangers were requested to respond. Forest Rangers Lomnitzer, Arnold, DiCintio, Martin, Milano, Nally, Quinn, Thompson, and Praczkajlo responded to assist. After hours of searching, the man was located at 1:25 p.m. in good condition.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Benson consider property reassessments

Benson TB June 16 2020

Benson consider property reassessments
By PETE KLEIN
BENSON—When the Benson Town Board met on June 16, the Real Property Tax Service Director of Hamilton County, Barry Baker, explained the Equalization Rate and how it would affect towns; question and answer period ensued.
REASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY IN THE TOWN OF BENSON
The board passed the following resolution after discussing the issue with Baker.
WHEREAS, Mr. Barry Baker, Director of Real Property Services for Hamilton County has met twice with the Board and citizens of Benson, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Jim Abbott, Assessor for the Town of Benson has also met with the Board and the public, and
WHEREAS, C.A.P. reassessment for 2020 has been reduced from 93% to 85% for fiscal year 2020, which will mean an increase in school tax for Benson citizens this year and going forward, and
WHEREAS, the 85% will continue to be lower each year until we agree to an equalization rate of 100%, causing the school taxes to increase, and
WHEREAS, the Town of Benson, the Town of Hope, and the Town of Wells are all joined in a C.A.P., requiring all three Towns to agree to reassessment, otherwise there can be no reassessment, and
WHEREAS, if the three Towns decided to end the C.A.P. by resolution, they would be required to pay back several thousands of dollars, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED,  that the Town Board of Benson deems it to be of benefit to the taxpayers of Benson to do a reassessment of property values in Benson, with the understanding that if the other two Towns do not pass a resolution for reassessment, there will be no further action taken, and be it further 
RESOLVED, if the Town of Hope and the Town of Wells do pass resolutions for reassessment, a much more formal resolution will be required for all the Towns, based on meeting the legal requirements. At this time, Mr. Baker has advised us that we should not expect a reassessment until 2021 at best.  After the reassessment, if any one of the three Towns opts out of the 100% equalization rate assessments, all three Towns will remain at whatever the C.A.P. equalization rate is at that time.
Washburn/Hall Cemetery
Supervisor John Stortecky read the following letter from Chris Izzo, regarding fence at Washburn/Hall Cemetery.
“Benson-Hall cemetery
I am reaching out to you to get a resolve on an issue I am having up at the Benson cemetery on Washburn rd. I own the property on the South and North side of the cemetery. For the most part the cemetery is mowed and clean. I have placed a garbage can there due to the fact when people visited the cemetery, they would throw the plastic flowers over the fence in my property, which being plastic they don' t decompose. The garbage can has taken care of that. Often, I clean sticks and branches up when I am there in my property. My main reason for contacting you is the fence on the top 80 ft of the north side of the cemetery bordering my property. The fence is little more than chain link hooked to fence post in that area. Over the years due to no maintenance it has acted as a net catching all the leaves, which have decomposed and are causing the fence to lean in some spots 2 ft difference from top to bottom. It is an eye sore in that area. This is mainly due to the way the wind works in that area. The bottom area of the fence from the road up to the top where my fence starts is relatively good. I have decided at the top of my property to put up a 6 ft fence, rustic, stained nice and very fitting for the area just at the top to offer myself and folks visiting the cemetery some privacy. It is 3 ft back from the cemetery fence which is the property line according to the deed. The property lines are no issue, clearly marked with large 3-inch pipes on the corners of the fence. What I am asking to do is take down the chain link portion where my fence starts to the back north corner on my side, I will of course not remove any post that mark boundaries on corners. This will look so much better, easier to mow up to and will allow debris to blow thru as I am keeping my fence off the ground a few inches. Please let me know, I have no problem volunteering to do this. I often pick up debris and replace and straiten flags if needed. Please read this at meeting tonight if possible. Thank you for any consideration given me.”
The subject was to be discussed on Committee day of July 7.
th, 2020.
HWY./TRANSPORTATION
Some signs seem to be in at Town Garage. Hwy. Supt. has conducted 5 interviews for new highway employee.
The board authorized expending funds to move the town barn heating oil tank to a safe location.
OTHER BUSINESS
Councilman Charles Biche thinks the board should investigate the charges from Frontier Communications to Benson as they seem high.
Public Comment Period

This article is based upon minutes proved by Jeanne Cox, Town Clerk.

Benson looks at health insurance and reassessment

Benson TB June 2, 2020

Benson looks at health insurance and reassessment
By PETE KLIEN
BENSON—The Benson Town Board held committee meetings on June 2 and discussed health insurance and reassessment.
Peg Booth, representative of NBT Health Ins., answered questions as to why the Board should choose NBT Health Ins. There will be renewal information each January and it is the same cost as the town is paying now.
The Equalization Rate for Benson now stands at 85% as fixed by New York State. Reassessment may be necessary. There will be a resolution for June regular meeting.
HIGHWAY/TRANSPORTATION
The town has received some applications for an employee position at the highway dept.
Paperwork is done for North Rd. improvement, approx. $50,350.00 from Chips and general fund.
There are two culverts to be placed on North Rd. Signs have been ordered for Town of Benson. Culvert on Manzer Hill needs opening. Caution signs need to be discussed.
BUILDINGS/GROUNDS/EMERGENCY SERVICES
The committee is getting estimate for chimney work at town hall.
The town barn is not worth the cost of rehabilitating.
Approx. cost of generator for town hall is $10,000 installed with 1st year service; after that, service is $250/yr. Requests for proposal for estimates put in LH for one full week.
FINANCE
The finance committee is considering forming a Reserve Fund Balance for Roads, and Equipment.
LEGAL
The committee is considering a form for waiver during work for Town.
A Junkyard Law to be discussed at a Regular meeting.
CEMETERY
The committee is sending out pictures of Kern proposed vault structure.
Repair gate at Washburn/Hall Cemetery was requested.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Town Clerk Jeanne Cox

Friday, July 24, 2020

Lake Pleasant thanks Speculator Ambulance Corps

LPTB July 6 2020

Lake Pleasant thanks Speculator Ambulance Corps
By PETE KLEIN
LAKE PLEASANT—When the Lake Pleasant Town Board met on July 6, it passed a resolution recognizing Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 50 years of service to the Town of Lake Pleasant and Village of Speculator.
The resolution reads as follows.
WHEREAS, Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. was created 50 years ago by Richard Jaquish, Donald Leadley, Philip Mulleedy, Leon Nadon, and Edward Perkins, the original incorporators (Board of Directors); and
WHEREAS, Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to its first call April 27, 1970; and
WHEREAS, the corps provides emergency medical care to those within the Town of Lake Pleasant and the Village of Speculator, and provides mutual aid to surrounding towns; and
WHEREAS, SVAC has now responded to over 8,000 calls for help, and
WHEREAS, the corps has been from the beginning a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation; and
WHEREAS, thanks to the generosity of donors within the community, Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. does not and has never received any local tax money; and
WHEREAS, the corps has ever since being founded held an Ambulance Service Operating Certificate issued by the New York State Department of Health, and operates under the oversight of the Adirondack - Appalachian Regional Emergency Medical Services Council; and
WHEREAS, Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps members provide care around the clock, 168 hours a week, despite being volunteers and regardless of personal plans; and
WHEREAS, the corps serves a year-round population of about 1,000 and a summer daily population of about 11,000, including three state campgrounds, three children’s camps, and a large family resort.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake Pleasant Town Council joins the Village of Speculator Board of Trustees in declaring July 13, 2020, as Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps Day in recognition of and with gratitude for the members, both past and present, whose dedication has enabled the corps to reach this milestone.
Supervisor Betsy Bain wanted to let the public know that the Ambulance Corp does need drivers mainly during the week. If anyone is interested, please contact Ken Khurt.
HIGHWAY
Highway Superintendent Randy Lavarnway informed the Board that paving would start on sections of Old Page Hill and Page St. this Wednesday and the crew are also working on getting Hamilton Lake Road ready to be paved in the next few weeks.
There was no replacement piece of siding at the Library to repair the burned spot, Lavarnway will get the name and color from the original contractor.
Lavarnway will be receiving 2 estimates to revamp the stone pillars at Fish Mt. Cemetery as soon as he gets them, he will report to the Board. The stump dump has a larger than normal pile this year, probably from all the Storm damage, so Superintendent Lavarnway would like to have the grinding done this year and not wait until next year. This cost is approximately $2,700 which he usually splits the trucking fee with Arietta ($800).
OLD BUSINESS
No response from H2O on Blenis RO repair and the future of retesting contaminated wells.
BST audit: Nancy Seifts reported that she has been contacted by Paul Goetze from BST about the paperwork he will need from the Town to complete the Audit by the end of August.
Supervisor Bain reported that she received an email from Pyramid Network Services stating that they are in the process of having the agreement signed by Verizon but their Counsel brough up a concern with the existing APA permit the Town received for the construction of the salt shed. It specifies any additional land use required APA approval. So now Pyramid Network Services is now working with the APA to get approval. They do not fore see any problems.
Councilperson McGovern reported that the July 4th celebration was a huge success. The parade had over 170 cars drive by. There were generous donations made to the Parade Committee for next year’s celebration. There were lots of boats that were in Lake Pleasant, Lake Sacandaga and Oxbow Lake boat parades. McGovern is hoping that the ring of fires can be done for a Labor Day celebration with the drone taking pictures.
Personnel Committee met to go over some errors that were made on some employee’s time, they were discovered by the Treasurer’s office, they were corrected.
NEW BUSINESS
Supervisor Bain and Town Clerk Deborah O’Rourke did a walk through at the Primary Care building looking at the condition of the flooring both tile and carpet. The flooring is 20 years old and needs some replacing. Supervisor Bain asked the Board if she could reach out to some flooring company’s for estimates, the Board agreed.
BUDGET TRANSFER
The board passed the following resolution to create a budget transfer to pay county treasurer for bookkeeping.
WHEREAS, the Hamilton County Treasurer’s Office has contracted to do the Bookkeeping Services for the Town of Lake Pleasant,
WHEREAS, this service was not budgeted in the 2020 Budget, it is necessary to create a budget line, entitled “Bookkeeping Services” A.1220.402 to pay the cost of this service.
WHEREAS, it is also necessary to fund this new Budget Line in the amount of the contract with the County of Hamilton in the amount of $7875 for 2020.
WHEREAS, A Budget Adjustment transfer should be made in the amount of $7,875 from the Account Clerk Line Number A.122.101 to the newly created budget line number A.1220.402.
BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board hereby creates and funds the new budget line to pay for the new County Bookkeeping Services.
ROUNDTABLE
Councilperson Braunius told Highway Superintendent Lavarnway that the bench that was repaired at the Pathway needs more attention.
There will be more discussion with the Treasurer’s office on putting savings and reserves into investments with more return. The Town used to do this, but the interests rates got so low they stopped. Supervisor Bain has been in touch with Congress Women Elise Stefanik about getting NBT Bank open and the Speculator Branch might be the first to have a walkup window.
The Town has received Anita Foley’s certificate of insurance which runs July 7 2020-July 2021
PUBLIC COMMENT
Mayor Jeannette Barrett would like to thank the Board for updating the emergency services plan and would like to request that the Town emergency planning and updates be coordinated with the Village and emergency service providers in our area.
Councilperson McGovern was contacted by people who were turned away from the Public Beach. He informed them that was a Village issue, not the Towns.

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Wells Central hopes it has money for a generator

WCS BOE July 15 2020

Wells Central hopes it has money for a generator
By PETE KLEIN
WELLS--At the July 15 meeting of the Wells Central School Board of Education, school superintendent Thomas Sincavage reported on the Capital Project. He discussed with the Board the best use for any leftover contingency funds and said if there are enough contingency funds remaining, then Mosaic Associates will get a quote for a whole building generator for the district. The district is having an issue with one of the contractors who are not following the plans as provided by Mosaic Associates. We are currently working with Mosaic to resolve the issue.
Projected enrollment for the Fall is 130. This year there was a large graduating class and only 5 new incoming students.
Sincavage discussed the projected Fund Balance Report. The accountant is still working on the final number. The district will use the fund balance to offset the capital project.
The last item was the NYSED Regional Re-Opening Task Force. The district is currently reviewing all the documents and guidelines regarding the re-opening from both State Ed. and the Department of Health.
The district has put together a reopening committee and will submit the reopening plan to NYSED by the deadline of July 31.
PRINCIPAL’S REPORT
Principal Jeremy Siddon reported he has been working on a new contract with Ricoh for copier services. The new contract will save the distinct $14,000 over the five year lease. The district is still working on collecting Chromebooks and has received 85% back. The district is currently offering a six week online summer enrichment program. The program runs from July 6 through August 16. Mrs. Enders is running the program and currently there are 11 participants.
Siddon has participated in the regional meeting for the Harvard Proving Ground Grant. The district is working on postcards to mail out about chronic absenteeism. Lastly, the district has a new Computer Coordinator, Don Gifford from NERIC.
NERIC services and technical support will be available to the district three days per week instead of two.
APPROVALS
The Wells Central School Board of Education accepted the recommendations of the CSE/CPSE Chair for the classifications, recommendations and programs for the following students: 982420546, 982420312, 982420381, and 982420299 on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the following Consent Agenda Items on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Kenneth Hoffman and carried 5-0.: Approval of the June 17, 2020 Minutes; June Treasurer’s Report; June Warrant 1-30, 2020 General fund - $138,221.95 Federal – $0.00, School Lunch $1,500.54 and T and A - $590,571.41; Appropriation Status Report; Revenue Budget Status Report.
The Wells Central School Board of Education approved the Self Evaluation performed on June 17, 2020 on a motion made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 5-0.
The Board accepted the recommendation of the District Treasurer to transfer the funds listed on the A-5 report for the 2019/2020 school year on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Kenneth Hoffman, and carried unanimously.
The Board approved the Data Privacy and Security Policy on a motion made by William Stuart, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education recessed to Executive Session at 5:54p.m. for the purpose of discussing specific personnel matters and/or negotiations on a motion made by William Stuart, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The Wells Central School Board of Education returned to Open Session at 6:15p.m. on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The Board appointed Marguerite Welch to a 6 month probationary position as Cafeteria Manager effective September 1, 2020 on a motion made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The Board appointed Jaret Welch to a 6 month probationary position as Bus Driver effective September 1, 2020 on a motion made by William Stuart, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 5-0.

This article is based upon the minutes provided by Rachelle Dwyer, District Clerk.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Indian Lake Beaches open


ILTB July 13 2020

Indian Lake Beaches open
By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE—When the Indian Lake Town Board met, Councilwoman Patricia Curry asked how the beaches were going? It was reported the beaches are working well with minimal problems concerning masks and social distancing.
Councilwoman Sally Stanton thanked the Buildings and Grounds crew for all they did helping the school with the High School Graduation. She stated it was appreciated by all.
Councilman John Rathbun asked Bill Laprairie, Department Head of Buildings and Grounds, when he would be fixing the broken buoys by the Chain Lakes Dam as he is concerned about Kayakers getting tangled in them or going to close to the Dam. Bill stated that they are waiting for the buoys to come in and will fix them as soon as he gets then.
Councilman Rathbun questioned opening the Bathrooms at the Byron Park Building. It was decided that the Chamber would open the bathrooms and be responsible for maintaining them. Councilman Rathbun also asked if it was possible to utilize the Events sign at Byron Park and put in the regulations such as "please wear a mask", and" please social distance" etc. as he is seeing numerous license plates in Town that are from "hot spots". The Board agreed to utilize the sign.
Councilman Rathbun also stated that he has noticed numerous times that the Water Plant Gate is being left open. He stated with all the people here at this time he feels this should be shut when no one is in the building. Kevin King, Department Head of Sewer and Water stated that they sometimes forget but that he and his men would be more vigilant in keeping it shut and locked.
OPEN GROOMER BIDS/2021 TRUCK BIDS
Supervisor Brian Wells stated that no bids were received for the 2021Truck, but there were bids for the Groomer. Supervisor Wells made a motion to accept the groomer bids to be reviewed by himself and Bill Laprairie, Department Head of Buildings and Grounds, and to make a recommendation to the Board.
Seconded by, Councilman Rathbun.
The full board approved.
NORTH COUNTRY CRAFTERS
Supervisor Wells read a letter from North Country Crafters and thanked them for their generous donation of $200, as well as all that they do for the Town of Indian Lake.
VIRTUAL SHAKESPEARE
Supervisor Wells reported to all that the Virtual Shakespeare event is being canceled.
MONTHLY REPORT JUNE BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS
Bill LaPrairie, Dept head of Building Maintenance and Operations reported on the following.
During the month of June, business started to go back to normal. We do our garbage runs from Blue Mountain and Indian Lake Mondays and Fridays, checked the dam and the mini park. Beavers had started to dam up all the spillways, so we removed all the debris and flushed the dam by opening the gate. We removed two large logs that had floated down into the spillway and hauled them away.
Chain Lakes beach was installed, the water turned on and prepped for summer usage, we mowed the beach and cleaned up many snails that had died on the beach, graded the parking lots and raked the beach. We started installing Blue Mountain Beach, we have dock in the water and will finish the install July 1.
BTI season has come to an end, we used 50 gallons of product to treat all the streams in Blue Mountain and Indian Lake areas.
The library expansion is underway, a new beam was set to carry the weight of the front of the building, we used the Minito jackhammer out the concrete in the vestibule, we hauled away all the concrete and debris, and we have poured our footings and walls after removing the old vestibule area.
We assisted the Chamber of Commerce with removing all their equipment from the building and relocating it in storage at the garage up at our shop, made garbage runs for the chamber with all of the debris left over,  We built sneeze shields For the Chamber of Commerce and  the library.
We have mowed all town properties In Blue and Indian Lake, Including the shooting range and cemeteries. We serviced all the tractors and replaced all the blades; a parts run was made to Speculator for weedeater parts.
We had one burial at Benton cemetery that we took care of on Saturday, backfilling, grading, seeding, and laying hay.
We ordered parts and started to do repairs on the 2011GMC truck, brakes, rotors, and calipers. Took down two danger trees in Byron Park, and one that was over top of the Blue Mountain playground.
Air handler filters had to be replaced at the health center due to the renovations that are underway, the air conditioning unit froze up, the system had to be shut down, we cycled the unit through the fan mode to dry out air handler and reset AC units.
We took our trailer and the Highway's trailer to the school for graduation and built a stage for the students to graduate on, we built a set of stairs and dropped them off Friday before graduation for practice and picked them up Monday morning when event was over.
INDIAN LAKE WATER AND WASTEWATER REPORT FOR JUNE 2020
Kevin King, Water and Sewer Superintendent, reported the following.
Testing was completed at all plants daily. Samples required by DEC and DOH were submitted to the lab.
The six-inch sewer line for the Indian Lake Motel was damaged when DOT was working on a culvert by the Indian Lake Motel. We replaced the damaged piece of pipe, put in a new cleanout, and got it working again.
The water meters were read for businesses in both water districts. The hydrants were weed whacked in both water districts.
Mowing and weed whacking was done at the Sewer Plant as needed.
At the Indian Lake Water Plant, we had sludge pumped out and hauled to the drying bed at the Sewer Plant. We then had four loads of sludge hauled out of the Sewer Plant.
There is a problem with the well at the DEC building on Big Brook Rd. They asked us about putting in a water line up to their building. We measured out the line and got a quote together for them.
We loaned out our moleing machine to the Town of Speculator Water and Sewer Department. They used it and returned it with new hydraulic hoses.
At the Blue Mt. Lake Water Plant there was a small leak in the control box of the Parco Valve. Inside the control box there are water and electronic components. We were able to change the leaky hi pressure switch in the control box without any major issues. This valve is critical in the operation of this plant.
MECHANIC'S MONTHLY REPORT
Bill Wells reported on the following.
Changed headlight bulb in# 191 Pick-Up. Installed new relays in 3320 Tractor. Disassembled roller engine. Trouble shoot AC in 3320 Tractor.    Rebuilt 544K door latch. Mounted 4 new wheels and tires on # 191 Pick-Up. Serviced the side hill mower. Serviced Brush Hog and installed on tractor. Installed rebuilt ram on# 185 Dump Truck. Mowed fields.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Town Clerk Julie Clawson.

Long Lake Central gets organized

LLCS BOE July 9 2020

Long Lake Central gets organized
By PETE KLEIN
LONG LAKE—The Long Lake Central School Board of Education began its July meeting with its yearly organization meeting as follow.
The Clerk of the Board, Victoria J. Snide, called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. and followed with the Pledge.
The board then began its work by approving, with all in favor, Brian Penrose as Board of Education President.
The board approved, with all in favor, Michael Farrell as Board of Education Vice-President.
Alexandria Harris, Brian Penrose, and Michael Farrell took their Oath of Office.
The board approved with all in favor, the below appointments and recommendations for the 2020-2021 school year: Chief Fiscal Officer - BOE President; Board Clerk - Victoria Snide; Treasurer - Lisa Walker; Deputy Treasurer - Kelsie Adams; Tax Collector - Jerome Flanagan; Deputy Tax Collector - Victoria Snide; Claims Auditor - Jerome Flanagan; School Physician/Medical Director/Director of School Health Services Dr. Russell Rider; School Attorney - Girvin & Ferlazzo; External Auditor - Larry Reece, CPA; Chief Information Officer - Elisha Cohen Alternate Chief Information Officer - Noelle Short Chief Emergency Officer, Noelle Short; Central Treasurer-Extra Classroom Activity Accounts - Lisa Walker; Attendance Officer - Michelle Billings; Asbestos (LEA) Designee - Anthony Clark; Purchasing Agent - Noelle Short; Records Management Officer - Noelle Short; Records Access Officer - Kelsie Adams; Civil Rights Compliance Officers - Nicole Curtin; Dignity Act Coordinator - Michelle Billings; Chemical Hygiene Officers - Nicole Curtin & Eric Hample; Liaison for Homeless Children & Youth - Elisha Cohen; Designated Education Official - Noelle Short; Reviewer of Public Works Contractors Payroll Records - Victoria Snide; Delegation for Sale of School Noelle Short; Official Bank Depository - Community Bank, N.A., NY Class Integrated Pest Management Coordinator - Eric Hample; Regular Board Meetings 2nd Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted; Official Newspaper Hamilton County Express; Payroll Certifications - Noelle Short; Conferences & Workshop Attendance Approvals - Noelle Short; Petty Cash Fund - $100; Check Signatures - Kelsie Adams, Lisa Walker, Noelle Short (Extra-Classroom Acct. only); Budget Transfers - BOE approval for over $5,000; Mileage Rate - $.575/mile Authorization of Investments - Victoria Snide; Tuition - Non-Resident $1,000/family for 1st child, $300 each additional child, Non-Resident Employee - $100 for 1st child, $50 each additional child PreK- 50% of above rates; BOE Sick Bank Committee Member - Alexandria Harris; Credit Cards & Limits - American Express $20,000, Exxon Mobil $400; Designated No Smoking Zone Officials - Eric Hample, Noelle Short; Data Protection Officer - Noelle Short; Maximum # of Foreign Exchange Students Enrolled - Four Foreign Exchange Tuition - $9,000 Split 50/50 with Host Family Foreign Exchange Agencies.
Approved on a motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the following Committee Designations and Pre-School Special Education Programs: Committee on Special Education – Mandated Members Parents of the Student, student, if appropriate General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher/Provider – Allison Conboy, School Psychologist – Olivia Lee, CSE Chairperson – Olivia Lee, School Physician – Dr. Russell Rider.
Subcommittee on Special Education – Mandated Members Parents of the Student, Student, if appropriate General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher/Provider – Allison Conboy, CSE Chairperson – Olivia Lee, School Physician – Dr. Russell Rider, Additional Parent Member.
Committee on Pre-School Special Education – Mandated Members Parents of the Student, Special Education Teacher/Provider CPSE Chairperson – Olivia Lee, Additional Parent Member, Representative from Municipality, mandated if request is made 72 hours prior to CSE meeting.
Approved Institutions for Pre-School Special Education Programs UCP of Utica, Utica, Adirondack ARC, Tupper Lake Advanced Therapy, Albany Prospect Center, Queensbury, Children’s Development Group, Keeseville, Kelberman Center, Utica.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the adoption of all Board of Education Policies.
SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
Graduation was held with an extremely limited in-person group on June 12, 2020. A taped virtual graduation was released June 26, 2020.
Six students are enrolled in summer school. Megan Nevins is the instructor.
The guidance for reopening plans was to be available on July 13. Noelle Short is working on classroom setup and outdoor learning spaces, transportation, extracurricular activities, supply inventory, scheduling, processes and procedures, training, and response plans.
With the help from NERIC Technician Andrew Truesdell, Long Lake received an HP grant for wireless boosters to increase our connectivity outside the building.
We are advertising for nurse substitutes, as well as other substitutes for next school year.
Noelle Short has received two Clerk of the Works proposals with another proposal due next week. An updated capital project timeline and a draft of the multi-use courts was handed out.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, to
table the approval of Policy #7511 Immunization of Students.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Brian Penrose, with all in favor, the School Psychologist/CSE Chairperson Agreement with Indian Lake CSD for 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, the Student Transportation Agreement with True North Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved:  On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, the Student Transportation Agreement with Tupper Lake CSD for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Joseph Koehring and Mary Phillips-LeBlanc as Substitutes.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Megan Nevins as Summer School Instructor effective July 1, 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Long Lake Central School District hereby accepts the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint Molly Stewart for a four (4) year probationary appointment as a teacher of 7-12 Spanish in the Secondary Foreign Language tenure area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending August 31, 2024 contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education Law Sections 30122, 3012-c, and/or 3012-d, pending certification by September 1, 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Jerome Flanagan as Tax Collector and Claims Auditor, Victoria Snide as Board of Education Clerk and 2020-2021 Substitute Rates of Pay.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, the following results of the June 9, 2020 Vote: 2020-2021 Budget – Passed; Trustee Seat - Alexandria Harris; Bus Purchase Reserve Fund Proposition for a Maximum of $60,000 - Passed
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, funding of the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund of $35,000 and the Employee Benefit Accrued Liability Reserve Fund of $15,000 from Unobligated Fund Balance effective June 30, 2020.
Approved: On Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the Shared Maintenance Agreement with the Town of Long Lake for 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, the following Non-Resident Students for the 2020-2021 school year: Carson Toohey, Dylan Combs, Alivea Benware, Isabel Tessier-Day and Scarlet Gravlin.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Joan Paula, with all in favor, the following appointments for the 2020-2021 school year: Chris Sass as Technology Coordinator, Nicole Curtin as Outing Club Advisor, Patrick Curtin as People for People Club Advisor, Tina Pine as National Honor Society Advisor, Kristin Delehanty as Elementary Soccer Coach, Tamara Combs as Green Team Advisor and 7th Grade Class Advisor, Michele Gannon as 11th Grade Class Advisor, Yearbook Advisor and 7-12 Tennis Club Advisor, and Sean O- Shell as 10th Grade Class Advisor.
Approved: On Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Tina Pine and Mary Phillips-LeBlanc as Mentors for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approved: On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Grades 7-12 English Textbook Adoption of the following titles: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable; Speak; Oedipus the King; and Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.
Approved: On Motion by Joan Paula, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Be It Resolved that the Board of Education of the Long Lake Central School District hereby accepts the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint Mara Gaffney for a four (4) year probationary appointment as a teacher of K-6 Special Education in the General Special Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending August 31, 2024 contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education Law Sections 30122, 3012-c, and/or 3012-d, pending certification by September 1, 2020.
After holding an Executive Session, the board Approved On Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby approves the Addendum to Superintendent Noelle Short’s contract dated July 9, 2020, authorizes the Board President to Execute said addendum and approves payment thereunder.
The next meeting date is Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Clerk of the Board, Victoria J. Snide.

Piseco Airport to get federal funds

Arietta TB July 6 2020

Piseco Airport to get federal funds
By PETE KLEIN
ARIETTA—When the Arietta Town Board met on July 6, it passed two resolutions that will bring federal funds to improve the Piseco Airport, starting with the CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT AT PISECO AIRPORT, which reads as follows.
WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta has received the CARES ACT Agreement from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and
WHEREAS: the FAA has made funds available to eligible U.S. airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus impacts, including support for continuing airport operations; and
WHEREAS: the FAA has made available $20,000 for the Piseco Airport (K09), owned and operated by the Town of Arietta; and
WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta has agreed CARES Act grant funds will be utilized for operational costs.
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED:  that  the  Town  Board,  Town  of  Arietta  does accept and authorizes the Supervisor to execute all  necessary documents  and contracts  on behalf of the Town of Arietta for the CARES Act grant funds for the Piseco Airport.
The second resolution approved was the FAA GRANT APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR PISECO AIRPORT RUNWAY 4-22 REHABILITATION DESIGN, which reads as follows
WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta has an agreement with the FAA and NYSDOT to continue with the scheduled projects outlined in the Airport Capital Improvement Plan for Piseco Airport, and
WHEREAS: one of the scheduled projects for 2020 is the Airfield Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation Design. The Town has received from our engineers, McFarland and Johnson, Inc. an application for Federal Aviation Administration grant funding and Sponsors Certification for Consultant Selection, and
WHEREAS: the maximum cost of the 2020 project is Airfield Runway 4-22 Rehab Design estimated at $186,098 which will be paid with 100% Federal funding ($186,098), paid out of General Account # A5670-430, and
WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta hired an independent engineer the MRB Group to prepare an Independent Fee Estimate (IFE) for the completion of the Runway Rehab Design and Administration Services for the project, and
WHEREAS: The Town of Arietta has reviewed the IFE submitted from MRB Group and have selected to award the contract to McFarland and Johnson, Inc in the amount of $186,098 in accordance with the conditions of award stipulated in their Task Order, and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Town Board, Town of Arietta hereby approves submitting the Grant Application for the above subject project and accept McFarland Johnsons, Inc as the consultant for this project; and it is hereby
FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Town Board, Town of Arietta does authorize the Town Supervisor to execute  all  necessary documents on behalf of the Town  of Arietta with  FAA and NYSDOT to apply and accept funding for the  Runway  4-22  Rehabilitation design, and McFarland Johnsons, Inc as the consultant for the project.
MORE ON AIRPORT
The Surveyor crew will be doing the obstruction survey this week. The FAA will be there also for an onsite inspection.
TOWN BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Douglas Stobo talked to the Zoning Officer about the siding on the Airport SER building, Zoning Officer LaScola said the siding is in very bad shape, at least up 4-5 feet, Stobo asked if there is money is available for labor for this project?
Supervisor Wilt said we will discuss at the next meeting on July 20th.
RECREATION
Piseco Community Hall use, under the Covid19 guidance you can have 33%-person capacity that must comply with social distancing. The capacity of the Piseco Community Hall after being reevaluated by Mel LaScola Zoning Officer and Supervisor Wilt is 75 persons, so this at 33% would be 25-person capacity. Wilt also said there will be a cleaning issue. Anyone who uses the PCH must use the cleaning guidance.
LAKE/ DAM/ INVASIVE/ CAMPSITE
The lake is extremely low due to the lack of rain. Engineers should be here in two weeks to discuss the dam. Rudes said Popular Point is getting a lot of use. Wilt will send some pictures he has taken to DEC showing that people are using the fireplaces and kids are jumping of the dock.
Supervisor Wilt said the Local Law concerning the Septic’s systems will be on the agenda for the July 20th meeting. Mel LaScola has several changes he wants to be made and he will email out to everyone tomorrow. He had verbiage that needs to be cleaned up.
Sarah Rudes has some concerns about the trailer park being covered, I know the local law says that trailer with onsite systems will be considered real property, there is  a definition in NYS law what real property is, I don’t know we can just make a new definition. And we know the trailers are probably where we are going to fine some offensives. Supervisor Rick Wilt said that is correct. Rudes said that someone said with a transfer of property there are concerns.
Highway Superintendent Craig Small explaining he needs an RFP for the engineering and soil borings for the project on the Powley Road, Brayhouse and the Wild Road culvert.
The board approved getting an RFP for the engineering and soil borings for the project on Powley Road and the Wild Road.
Supervisor Wilt said the monthly email should be started, he will talk with C Wilt about how to set it up, and S Rudes volunteered to put names in if taught.  Rudes thought monthly would be too much, maybe quarterly would be better. All agreed.
S Rudes also wanted to know how the Highway garage plans were coming? Wilt and Small have not heard from the engineer. There is no hurry because the design does not have to be done until wintertime, when we plan on moving ahead if we do?
The board accepted the financial statements of the Supervisor for the month of June 2019 as submitted.
Supervisor Wilt asked if everyone was available for a meeting on July 20 at the Piseco Community Hall at 5 p.m. He would like to go over the Septic Plan, the Cemetery, and he hopes the dam Engineer would be there to give an evaluation and go over the data that was collected last year.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Kenneth Parslow, Town Clerk.

Friday, July 17, 2020

ILCS BOE accepts school vote

ILCS BOE June 16 2020

ILCS BOE accepts school vote
By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE—When the Indian Lake Central School Board of Education met on June 16, it accepted the school vote as follows.
The budget vote - 219 yes, 51 no. Bus reserve purchase - 222 yes, 49 no. Board Member- Robert Lewin 129 over Allison Lamphear 121 (Write-in).
ADMINISTRATORS REPORT
David Snide presented the Superintendent’s/Principal report
There was some discussion of coronavirus update. Meal program is done for the year., School reopening and cleaning procedures were discussed. On the building project, Mosaic plans submitted to SED.
Farmer’s Market is permitted this summer.
Tree donation in Bob Eldridge’s name to be planted. He is a former BOE member 1077-1982 VP from 1979-1981.
Soccer teams combined with Long Lake will be able to field varsity and modified girls and varsity boys.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROVAL
The board approved the bus storage agreement with the town.
The board approved Ben Conboy as varsity boys’ soccer coach, Emily Stephan as varsity girls’ soccer coach and Ray Hoag as modified girls’ soccer coach.
After holding an executive session the board approved extending by one year the contract for David Snide.
The board approved the management/confidential salary increases.

This article is based upon minutes provided by Dianna M Wilder, District Clerk.

Wells seeks storm damage reimbursements

Wells TB June 8 2020


Wells seeks storm damage reimbursements
By PETE KLEIN
WELLS--Municipal Disaster Consultant Ryan Frykholm updated the Wells Town Board at its June 18 meeting on the FEMA reimbursement process.
With the assistance of Supervisor Mauro and Highway Superintendent Earley, 66 damaged sites have been identified and packaged into 32 projects. We were able to take photographs for submission to send to FEMA. He stated FEMA will reimburse 75% of the costs and New York State 12.5%. Due to COVID 19, he feels the State may not be in a position for reimbursement. We are now at the point where some of the projects will need a professional engineer, therefore placing a legal ad for Request For Proposals (RFP) in the newspaper.
The Board reviewed examples Ryan provided from other Towns. He thanked Mark Hodgkins for the work he coordinated on identifying the logs and stumps in the lake which have been entered into the FEMA portal system. We have until December 18, 2020 to complete the removal of logs and stumps. Keith Lauria asked what the timeline is for completing all the damaged sites/projects. Six months, with a possible six-month extension from the State. The Board agreed to the first step of authorizing the Town Clerk to advertise for Engineering Service Contracts, for the duration of 2020, according to specifications on file at the Office of the Town Clerk.
ENGINEERING SERVICES CONTRACT FOR 2020
On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the following was APPROVED Ayes 5 Mauro, Crewell, Hunt, Lauria, Saltis
Nays 0:
WHEREAS, The Town of Wells suffered devastating damage because of the storm and flooding that occurred on October 31, 2019 and thereafter (FEMA-DR-4472-NY) and
WHEREAS, the Town Board is currently planning and executing a massive recovery program to repair such damage caused by this storm and to mitigate future damage in the event of similar storms in the future, and
WHEREAS, The Town Board believes it would be beneficial to the Town to hire a Professional Engineering Service, in accordance with specifications on file with the Town Clerk, for the purpose of restoring improved facilities and roadways in the Town of Wells that were damaged by flooding that occurred on October 31, 2019 and
WHEREAS, the Town Board believes that such action is in the best interest of the residents and taxpayers of the Town of Wells, NOW THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk and the Town of Wells is hereby Authorized to advertise for Engineering Services Contracts, for the duration of 2020, according to specifications on file at the Office of the Town Clerk, and BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, that sealed bids will be received until June 30, 2020 at 12:00 noon and will be officially opened on July 13, 2020 at 7pm, at which time the Town Board may award contract but reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
SUPERVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORT
Prior to approval, Councilperson Hunt asked what the A2650-Sale of Scrap, $18 represented, Sale of tires. Councilperson Lauria asked what the A2701-Refund Prior Year represented, $118.23, Power rebate on Community Hall.
On a motion of Councilperson Hunt, seconded by Councilperson Saltis, the Supervisor’s Monthly Report for May 2020 as delivered and corrected was approved.
MONTHLY HYDROELECTRIC REPORT
Supervisor Mauro reported Revenue was $16,268.90 for the month of May 2020. He will email the Board the Expenditures and year to date figures tomorrow.
TOWN BEACH
Supervisor Mauro shared a document, Reopening New York Guidelines that apply to all lake and ocean beach operations statewide. If the Town beach opens this summer, we would be subject to these guidelines. Some mandatory guidelines are, maximum beach capacity must be reduced to 50% of a normal summer season capacity; ensure six feet distance between individuals; ensure ten feet distance between beach blankets and chairs, except for members of the same household; restrooms must be cleaned and disinfected at least three times daily. He felt the lifeguards could not monitor these mandatory requirements and we would have to hire at least one fulltime person to do so. He is torn over not opening the beach as he is for possibly having to cancel Old Home Days which he is holding out to the last minute, hoping as we potentially reach Phase III or IV we would not have to cancel. The Board decided it was in the Towns best interest not to open the beach this summer. The parking area will be closed, and signs posted “beach closed”.
TOWN OF WELLS FOOD PANTRY
Supervisor Mauro recalled years ago when he worked for the Town there was a food pantry in the basement of Community Hall, and I am unsure why it closed. He would like to reestablish one and has been in contact with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Also, a member of the community has donated nonperishable items that were collected from a recent drive by birthday party, a start to stock the shelves. It was mentioned that Speculator has the Loaves and Fishes food pantry but he feels there is a need to have one in our community especially if people do not have a vehicle to travel or in the event a natural disaster occurred. The Board had no objection to starting one.
WELLS COMMUNITY GARDEN GREENHOUSE
Mark Ellis spearheaded the construction of the greenhouse which is open for all residents and is located behind the Town offices, across from the Post Office. Interested gardeners should contact Mark at 518-925-4738 to secure a plot for $10 per season.
WVAC REPORT
The Board reviewed the WVAC report for May 2020.
BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT
The Board reviewed the Building Code Enforcement Officer’s report for May 2020. Current Building Code Officer, Kevin Helm may consider resigning from the position and will be asked to provide an official letter of resignation. In anticipation, Supervisor Mauro is thinking maybe someone outside of the Town would be a better candidate. He has spoken with the Town of Hope Supervisor, Steve Tomlinson who recommended the Code Officer for Hope and Benson, Mike Sweet. It is unsure at this point if he would consider taking on the Town of Wells.
WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT
The Board reviewed the Town of Wells Water Department for May 2020.
 HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
The Board reviewed the Highway Superintendent’s Report for May 2020.
COMMITTEES ROUND TABLE
Supervisor Mauro said he received a phone call from a Rick Lay, Ex Energy Renewals, Saratoga NY that we the Town was having trouble getting parts for the dam and are interested in selling it. He was told that he received this information from the Town Clerk. His contact information given was 518-522-7425. The Town Clerk said she has never spoken to this individual or any company regarding the dam.
Councilperson Saltis reported that recently Governor Cuomo announced that day camps could open throughout the State, but Summer Rec will not open as discussed and agreed at last month’s meeting. They are working on an on-line based program for children K-7 grades.
Councilperson Hunt asked why there is not a Porto John at the fishing dock. Supervisor said we are not allowed to have them and cannot open the bathrooms. Councilperson Hunt commented that the Stewart’s in Northville has them. Supervisor Mauro will investigate placing one at the fishing dock and one also at the Town Beach.
Supervisor Mauro made everyone aware that this Thursday evening, June 11th there will be parade through Town for the Senior graduating class and encouraged everyone to come out to wave and cheer them on. He thanked the Garden Club for their support and the Highway Department for hanging the Senior banners on the poles along Route 30. A live outdoor graduation will take place on Friday, June 19th at 7pm at school.
Councilperson Lauria reported he attended a virtual Friends of Lake Algonquin meeting last week. Much of the discussion during that meeting regarding the marking of debris was covered tonight in Ryan’s presentation. Supervisor Mauro received calls from residents that were displeased with lowering the lake, claiming it was lowered 4 feet, fish were left dying and there was a terrible odor. Calls were made to DEC by some residents. Supervisor Mauro explained we were well within our guidelines of lowering the lake 2 feet and felt the calls were absurd and untrue. Councilperson Saltis reached out to Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, they explained about the sources of smell. Detritus was exposed when the lake level dropped. This exposed surface primarily consists of dead/decaying organic matter (fish, insects, animals, vegetation, whatever debris in the lake that settles on to the bottom). If it was out of water it was likely being decomposed at that point by anaerobic bacteria and those bacteria produce odor smelling compounds as a byproduct (hydrogen sulfide, methane, and ammonia).
When the lake is under water and stratified this by product stays in the hypolimnion and is not normally noticed until the lake turns over in the fall allowing all the gas to diffuse into the air. Based on this information, the odor was a natural process caused by decomposition of previously deceased organisms and not fish due to the lake level being lowered.
Councilperson Crewell reported she continues to work with the Highway Department on FEMA reimbursement.
Supervisor Mauro reported that the exterior of the Hydro Plant building has been cleaned up. The brick pedestal that holds the brass plaque that the Town Father’s placed in 1959 is falling apart and will be replaced so the public can see it. Also, patching and painting of the Community Hall ceiling project is completed. Other items he is addressing, clean up the Recycle Building, cleaning the interior of the Hydro Plant building and painting the back steps of the Town office building, a project he will take on himself. And will move forward on establishing the Food Pantry mentioned earlier.
PUBLIC ACCESS
Dan Russell spoke about the large number of vacation rentals in Town and the number of strangers. Other communities in the Adirondacks, i.e. Lake Placid and North Elba cap rentals at a maximum of 90 days. He shared with the Board their Short-Term Rental Program who works with Host Compliance LLC that provide services that streamline short-term rental permit process and support equitable code enforcement. The permit fee is $350 for a two-year period. The Town of North Elba enacted a Short-Term Rental Local Law No. 1 of 2020. He suggested this possibility to regulate short term rentals and generate income for the Town.
Councilperson Lauria commented he does hear complaints of the number of rentals but pointed out that those who rent are spending money in the Town and County. Discussion turned to Code enforcement, Keith Lauria asked why we have such a bad retention rate of holding on to a Code Enforcement Officer. Councilperson Lauria explained the incredible amount of legal liability that falls on that position and not the Town. While we must follow NYS codes, the fact that we have no zoning makes it more difficult to enforce code regulations. Councilperson Crewell said a lot more review and discussion regarding zoning/short term rentals needs to be done. She suggested the Board study the information prior to the next Board Meeting where possibly it be could be a discussion item. Supervisor Mauro added that the Building Code Officer position does not pay a lot of money and at times, almost a full-time job. Again, suggested someone who does multiple Towns may be the way to proceed. Keith Lauria said the potential revenue stream that permit fees would generate could offset a higher salary for a Code Enforcement Officer.
Nancy Livingston said she is concerned about seeing lights on in the Algonquin Motel. She has called the Sheriff and they will be checking the property periodically.
John Margies asked if a decision has been made regarding Old Home Days. Supervisor Mauro said he is holding out a decision right now in hopes of entering Phase II or III soon. Decision will be made by the end of June and announced at the July Board Meeting. He added that the Town Wide Garage will take place on July 16th and 17th with social distancing at the participates private property.
Keith Lauria asked if there is a timeframe on repairing the water main at the bridge as he is experiencing extremely low water pressure. Supervisor Mauro explained that a lot of engineering work is being done to possibly change the location of the water main to the southern side of the bridge for better protection. The low water pressure is not related to the main and he should contact George Paige for inspection.

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