BOLTON LANDING - The town released details this week on its annual Landfill Senior Pickup program.
Scheduled for May 18 and 19, town employees will pick up, with prior arrangement, a variety of household and scrap items left beside roadways.
Seniors need to call Lisa French at 644-2973 to make reservations for pickup.
"This is a perfect opportunity for local seniors to clean out their basements," French said Tuesday.
A free pickup card, detailing the materials which can be picked up or delivered to the landfill in this annual campaign, is available at the Bolton Town Hall.
Seniors are limited to one pickup load for roadside retrieval by town employees.
In this cleanup effort, accepted items include scrap wood and light construction materials, discarded furniture and household items, carpeting, televisions, small amounts of scrap metal, and a maximum of four tires.
No concrete, paint cans, large appliances like refrigerators, household trash or hazardous materials, are accepted.
Material for pickup has to be out by edge of road, and items shouldn't be heavier than the weight one man can pick up. Brush and yard waste needs to be delivered to the landfill in a separate load.
At the recent April Town Board meeting, town board members voted to authorize Delaware Engineering to apply through the state Environmental Facilities Corp. for grant for innovative, energy-saving upgrades to the sewer plant. This application is under the federal Recovery And Reinvestment Act.
Board members said that the grants could total a substantial amount of money, and upgrades to the plant would likely cap or reduce operating costs which are reflected in user fees.
Solar water heaters are among the planned upgrades, and board members discussed how such innovations might qualify the effort as a pilot project for the North Country.
Board member Deanne Rehm suggested that the town government and local property owners sign up for an energy audits through the state Energy, Research and Development Authority. Those of modest income class may be eligible for reimbursement by NYSERDA for home improvement projects that save energy, she said.
Rehm also suggested that the town investigate establishing wi-fi connectivity in Bolton Landing, citing a cost-efficient project in a Kentucky town that serves a few thousand residents.
Also, the board voted to bill owners of residences and businesses for new water service installations at the actual cost of materials and labor rather than a set $300 fee as is the prior practice. Full details are available at the town hall.
It was noted at the meeting that Ron's Hardware was to reopen as Ace hardware on April 27.
The town board recently received notification that Adirondack Trailways, the area's commercial bus service, will not continue its service to Bolton. However, Lake George remains as a stop on its route up the Northway.
It was noted at the meeting that Vince Palazzo has an interest to serve on the Recreation Commission.
The state Department of Transportation has notified the town that the Northway Exit 24 southbound ramps will be closed through May 21. In the meantime, traffic is being re-routed over county Route 11 to Route 9N south.
Board member Deanne Rehm said she was pleased that local citizen Thomas Mihalics had been named Citizen of the Year by the Warren County Council of Senior Citizens as well as the Warren-Hamilton County Office of the Aging. The award recognition ceremony, open to the public, will be held May 21.
Supervisor Kathleen Simmes observed that the town Recreation Center is very popular and it is experiencing high attendance for its programs.
It was announced that the Bolton Ambulance Squad is moving ahead with its plans to separate from the Bolton Volunteer Fire Department and become an independent entity. More information on this development is likely to be available in May, Simmes said.
The squad is now making arrangements to have paid staffing during the summer months. The squad may be seeking some financial assistance for this service enhancement, board members said. This new staffing arrangement will be evaluated by the squad at summer. This fall, the squad will be evaluating the situation to see if the new staffing has been beneficial and cost-efficient, Simmes said.
A resolution to advertise for bids to replace shingles on the Town Hall roof was passed by the board. The town will accept bids until 4 p.m. May 4 for the bids, which will be opened at the May 5 town board meeting.
Rehm expressed dismay that the existing shingles are failing, because the Town Hall building isn't yet 20 years old.
A resolution was passed to accept a proposal from Eastside Used Auto Parts Inc. to remove metals from the town landfill at $70 per gross ton. Eastside will pay $10 per ton for tin cans and $3 for car batteries.
Bruce Mowery was appointed to the town's Board of Assessment Review, in a term that expires Sept. 30, 2011.