Saturday, October 19, 2019

ILCS building prop goes to the voters

ILCS BOE Oct 15 2019

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

People have a right to farm in Hamilton County

Speculator VB September 23 2019

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

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

Wells has new code enforcement officer

Wells TB September 9 2019

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

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

Indian Lake Town Board discusses ambulance issues

ILTB October 15 2019

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

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

IL budget starts above cap

IL budget work starts Oct 15 2019

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

Backpack program starts at Long Lake Central

LLCS BOE Oct 10 2019

Backpack program starts at Long Lake Central
LONG LAKE—Long Lake Central School Superintendent Noelle Short reported at the October 10 meeting of the Board of Education that the first delivery for our backpack program will be on Thursday October 17.
Short went on to report the Open House was successful with 50 meals served, more than $600 in Book Fair sales, and 5 flu shots given.
True North Superintendent’s Conference Day was held at Johnsburg CSD on October 4, with 360 participants and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Vermont presenting.
She reported we have seven student referrals for mental health services so far. The Character Education is continuing, and a Buddy Bench has been placed on our playground. Our teachers have all updated their pages on our school website.
We have conducted four fire drills and one lock down drill. We need to complete a total of eight fire drills and four lock down drills for the school year.
Short met with ASP Co-Directors regarding rules, parent communication and activities. The ASP Assistant position was designed for a student, but it will be expanded to include adults.
The garden shed is being painted and the Town of Long Lake Highway Department is helping us move the shed to the garden next week.
The committee pages on our school website have been updated and include meeting minutes. The Shared Decision Committee is looking at adult education options. The Professional Development Committee is looking for teacher resources and is working on a writing initiative.
The holiday concerts are scheduled with one concert in Indian Lake CSD on December 10 and one at Long Lake CSD on December 11.
We currently have 100% compliance with our student vaccines.
We have received a data security breach plan from NERIC, and we are still reviewing our insurance policies regarding data breaches.
Long Lake CSD has been chosen to pilot some video conferencing equipment and will have the option to purchase it should it meet our needs.
The CTSO is conducting a fundraiser called Penny Wars and the students are actively participating in it.
The new high school social studies teacher Sean O’Shell presented to the board his plans for his curriculum.
The board approved on a Motion by Trisha Hosley, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the Drama Club proposal as presented by Michelle Billings. The Club plans on a large performance this school year.
The board approved on a Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Michael Farrell, with all in favor, CSE/CPSE Recommendations for student #202309, 202799 and 202801.
The board approved on a Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, Policy #5140 Administration of the Budget and #5660 Meal Charging and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming.
The board approved on a Motion by Alexandria Harris, seconded by Trisha Hosley, with all in favor, Kelsie Adams and Tamara Combs as 2019-2020 Student Council Co-Advisors.
The board approved on a Motion by Michael Farrell, seconded by Alexandria Harris, with all in favor, the resignation of Dana Goetze as Physical Education and Health Teacher and Athletic, Coordinator effective January 11, 2020.
The Board reviewed the updated Schedule of Reserve Funds.
The Board reviewed field trip destinations, specifically the Quebec City field trip.
The Board discussed Spanish as a foreign language option for our students. Ms. Short will do some research and the topic will be revisited.
The physical education and health education position opening will be advertised.
There was discussion on the workload of teaching all classes and being the Athletic Coordinator.
There was discussion on soccer, basketball and baseball opportunities for our students, specifically boys’ modified players.
Michael Farrell asked how Family Consumer Science was now taught to students. Noelle Short said it is now a CTE requirement and can be taught through Technology classes.
Michael Farrell gave a Health, Safety, Wellness Committee update that includes a Family U night in January, in conjunction with the Four Rivers Alliance, and will focus on vaping. He also noted that the faculty and staff are involved in a fitness step program.
Trisha Hosley gave a CTSO update that includes partnering with the Town of Long Lake for movie nights and partnering with Student Council for Trunk or Treat.
Brian Penrose asked if we had anyone available to teach Drivers Education. Currently there is no staff certified to teach it.

Editor’s note: Story is based upon the minutes of Clerk of the Board Victoria J. Snide.

Public Comment Period for Blue Mountain Wild Forest

Public Comment Period for Blue Mountain Wild Forest

RAY BROOK--The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for an amendment to the Blue Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. Public comment will be accepted until October 30, 2019.
The 37,800-acre Blue Mountain Wild Forest is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. It is comprised of five separate tracts of land in the central Adirondacks situated between the communities of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, and Newcomb. The Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed to locate a permanent storage shed at its boat washing station located off NYS Route 28 adjacent to Lake Durant in the Town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County.
The storage shed will house a mobile boat washing system which is used seasonally to decontaminate recreational boats that may potentially carry aquatic invasive species.
The storage shed will be 12 feet wide x 20 feet long and painted a dark brown. The roof will consist of green 30-year architectural shingles.
For more information, please download the proposed unit manage plan from APA’s website at:
Please address all written comments related to the proposed management action to: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Josh Clague, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY, 12233-4254
Please address all written comments related to the proposed amendment’s conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to: Richard Weber, Deputy Director for Planning,
NYS Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY, 12977
Email:; Fax: 518-891-3938
All comments must be received by October 30, 2019.