Members of the Indian Lake Garden Club receive official recognition from Town Supervisor Brian Wells during Oct. 16 Town Board meeting. The Garden Club was represented by Mary and Pat Leonard, Lois Kelley and Kim Ameden.
On Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, Indian Lake Town Supervisor Brian Wells opened the monthly Town Board meeting by presenting a plaque of recognition to a group of members representing the Indian Lake Garden Club.
The group was made up of Pat Leonard, Mary Leonard, Lois Kelley and Kim Ameden. Wells made the point of how beautiful the town looks throughout the seasons, “putting out a visual welcoming mat” making the entire town proud of the face that is put forward to visitors and residents alike.
The Garden Club is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Garden Club President, Pat Leonard, officially accepted the plaque on the part of the club saying, “We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers and the Town’s Parks and Recreation crew” helping the efforts of the club, moving planters and undertaking other tasks that support our work throughout the year.
The first-pass, tentative Budget Summary for calendar year 2014 was shared during the meeting and reflected an amount of $3,538,233 in taxes, $12,475 being a fund balance, $632,112 in revenues with a total appropriation of 4,182,820.
As for the portion of the budget covered in taxes, there is a need to find $154,663 in cuts, bringing the tax portion down to $3,383,570 to stay within the tax cap.
Budget workshops were also held on Oct. 23 and 24. On Thursday, Oct. 31, board members are expected to finish their budget changes during a 7 p.m. meeting.
A public hearing on the preliminary budget will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
All workshop sessions will be held in the Indian Lake Town Hall on Pelon Road.
•Safety and Security: Electric locks are to be installed on the front door of the town hall and on the door leading from the meeting room to the town offices. Locks have been procured and the town received two budgets for installation: one from R. Lewin of $325.00 for materials and labor and another from B. Willemsen for $150.00 covering materials only. The board voted unanimously to accept both bids for consideration and they will be voted upon at the next monthly meeting.
•Chris Fuller Request: This request to place environmental monitoring equipment on or around the Lake Abanakee Dam was tabled in September’s meeting to allow more time for investigation. This month, the board voted unanimously to approve the request.
•Resolution #12: This resolution is in support of propositions #3, 4, and 5 on Novembers ballot. The board voted unanimously to approve Resolution #12 and all the subject propositions.
•Japanese Knot Weed and Life Flight requests for funds: Supervisor Wells motioned that these requests be handled as part of the budget workshops. The motion was seconded and the board unanimously approved consideration during budget workshops.
•Elected officials’ salaries: Discussion ensued on the part of Councilman Valentine focusing on the fact that Supervisor Wells’ salary did not reflect any increase over the past two years and suggested a 3% increase. Supervisor Wells declined to accept any suggestion of a salary increase and pointed out that Councilman Valentine has not taken an increase. The motion was made and seconded to approve the elected officials salaries as they stand and the board unanimously approved.
•Snocade: Councilwoman Stanton announced that there is a committee working on this event. It is planned to be a weeklong event having the objective of growing winter visitation and business within the town. The event will be attached to Winter Fest, February 14th through 22nd, 2014. Uphill drag races are planned as well as a Flea Market and an Antique Snowmobile Show (perhaps at the Museum), among other activities. Stanton asked that this become a town-sponsored event. The event is counting on crews to with activities and the event is currently working without funding. Motion was made that a separate line item of not more than $5,000.00 be made. Supervisor Wells seconded the motion make by Councilwoman Locke with the caveat that no amount be set until the line item is discussed with Pam Howard. The motions were unanimously approved by the board.
With regard to the budget, Wells requested that the Board members get contingency budgets for projects that have been brought forward and get with Pam Howard to get them listed.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be at 7 p.m. on November 12th in the Indian Lake Town Hall on Pelon Road.