Indian Lake Town Hall
During the Indian Lake Town Board meeting held March 12, Supervisor Brian Wells commented on the progress in Tectonic’s selection of a builder for the cell tower in town.
It was reported that arrangements are being made to have two builders do a “walk through bid.” Wells has requested that he be called to physically accompany the builders when they do their walk through.
Wells further pointed out that Indian Lake is not the only town within the Adirondacks experiencing such a long process in getting cell service established. As an example, the town of Inlet may be entertaining the idea of building the tower themselves and offering leasing rights to wireless providers.
Prior to the Town Board meeting, a number of the members toured the new Indian Lake Water Filtration Plant on Chain of Lakes Road. Supervisor Wells commented on how informative the tour was and how well this state-of-the-art facility is now serving the water needs of the town.
Bill Murphy was in attendance at the meeting and announced the Adirondacks Teleworks® website will be the “Gateway to employment in the Adirondack Park” and will be launched on March 24. The goals of the site are to bring telecommuters to Indian Lake and Hamilton County in the hopes of increasing year round family sustaining jobs inside the Blue Line. Murphy also said that the site’s logo was developed through a student competition at the Indian Lake Central School. The board was presented with copies of the winning logo, which was designed by Alyssa Cuthbert, a senior at the school. The site was designed by Matt Turcotte, who will be at the town library on the March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon, when he will be offering a course in website maintenance.
Open Meetings Law
Town Clerk Julie Clawson explained that the new Meeting Agenda Packet Policy is connected to the Open Meeting Law, which falls under the Freedom of Information Act. Packets are going to carry a price of $.25 per page to cover the cost of putting them together. The board will review the policy by next meeting. Clawson is moving to have all future packet information on the Internet in an effort to limit the need and costs of physical copies. Online information, however, will not be able to be accessed during meetings in the Town Hall due the lack of open access to an unsecured wireless Internet connection.
Other town business
•It was reported that the Ambulance Corps sent out a letter to clear up any confusion about billing; it appears that the letter addressed the issues and was well received.
•On the subject of the dog census, the town clerk said a letter will not go out as originally planned; reliance will be on news media and word of mouth throughout the town.
•Irene Hutchins, in attendance, presented an information packet to the board for review and consideration of Ambit Energy as the town’s electricity supplier. She also announced two informational meetings to be held for the public at Byron Park at 7 pm on March 23 and 30. The board agreed to review the packet of information and asked if any other towns had yet signed up with Ambit. Ms. Hutchins responded that no towns had yet signed on.
•The street light list is still a work in progress. Supervisor Wells suggested that if anyone is having a street light problem or simply wants one turned off, they should contact the town clerk with the number of the light pole in question.
•The supervisor said there is a need to get members of the community to make sure that they are displaying their new 911 house numbers on their properties so the fire department and ambulance will quickly find a residence in am emergency.
•The supervisor announced the 5th Annual Trail Connection to take place for all interested snowmobilers at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake on March 31.
The next Town Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 9.