INDIAN LAKE The Indian Lake Town Board held their regular public meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.
In opening business the board moved to begin public hearings for the annual budget review workshop, beginning Oct. 9. A tentative proposed budget will be available for public review at the October board meeting, with the budget workshop occurring on scheduled dates during the remainder of the month. The board will announce review dates once confirmation is finalized.
A letter was read from the New York State DOT Regional Director, regarding safety concerns at the river rafting take-out site on Route 28N, between North River and Indian Lake. The letter, addressed to the Hudson River Rafting Association, acknowledged the beginning of a formal review process. Supervisor Hutchins welcomed the letter, and pledged the towns support in coordinating between the various parties involved.
Hutchins provided current progress on the Verizon cell tower installation. He noted the Blue Mountain Lake project was currently in process, with Verizon working to schedule the installation, pending approval of the necessary permits. Further progress was reported for the Indian Lake site, with initial approvals underway for an access road on privately held lands, adjacent to the proposed tower site.
Discussions were held on the reappointment of Meade Hutchins as Town Building Inspector and Tax Assessor. After initial comments, board member George Virgil moved to table the discussion pending the re-examination of the conflict of interest related to the two roles being filled by one individual. He also noted a previous study on the topic and board findings related to the budgetary impact of dividing the position. Public concern was expressed regarding the issue, in particular the long-term impact of the boards decision, related to the potential reappointment term commitment of six years. The board has a deadline of September 30, to make a final determination on the topic.
Highway Superintendent Tim Spring, detailing the financial status of the department in light of recent equipment failures and anticipated expenses through the remainder of the year, provided a formal report. The board heard Spring's presentation, and received vehicle repair estimates. Discussion was held on using funds recently received through FEMA to cover the anticipated budget shortfall. The discussion was tabled pending further investigation of the FEMA funding, and any spending restrictions associated with it.
In other business the board voted unanimously to accept the application of local resident Irene Hutchins as the new Zoning Board and Planning Board Secretary. With the recent resignation of the previous long-term secretary, Hutchins had been serving as temporary secretary since January.
A resolution was passed approving an increased expenditure for a water storage tank in Blue Mountain Lake. While the change-order was previously authorized, the board was required to pass a formal resolution on the topic.
A letter of support was read from the Lake Abanakee Civic Association concerning the towns efforts toward developing a hydroelectric dam on Lake Abanakee. The resolution was passed at the associations annual meeting. Supervisor Hutchins also noted that an initiative to fund a feasibility study was looking promising, and they had recently met with members of NYSERDA. Were moving forward, noted Hutchins. Well be able to report to the Federal Energy Commission on the status of our study this month and start the formal feasibility study application process.
A letter of thanks was read from Caroline Welsh, director of the Adirondack Museum. In the letter, Welsh expressed appreciation to the town for their inclusion in the recent Indian Lake parade, as part of the towns sesquicentennial celebration events. The museum pledged to dedicate a new display to the town, detailing the history of Indian Lake.
A contract proposal was reviewed for the insulation of a town waterline crossing the Cedar River. The line had frozen during the previous winter due to failing insulation, and was in need of repair before the winter season.
The Indian Lake and Abanakee Lake Dam inspection reports were received from Clough Harbour Associates, and are currently under review by Supervisor Hutchins office.
The next meeting of the Town Board will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Indian Lake.