Brenda Valentine (left) and Christine Pouch (right) share copies of the First Place Award given to Indian Lake for Its role in the Adirondack Challenge Festival.
As part of Indian Lakes’ April Town Board Meeting, Supervisor Brian Wells announced the fact that during the Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference on April 10, Indian Lake was recognized with a First Place Award for Best State-Community Partnership with the 2013 Adirondack Challenge Festival.
On its face, the Award features photographs from the event and reads, in part, “Thanks to the hard work of the Town of Indian Lake, the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and Adirondack Museum, hundreds of thousands of potential new visitors learned about Adirondack heritage and recreational opportunities.”
As a means of recognizing those in the community who helped make the Challenge such a success, Wells presented a copy of the Award to Christine Pouch representing the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and another copy of the award to Brenda Valentine, representing all the volunteers who diligently worked at making Challenge participants and visitors welcome while helping to assure the event ran smoothly.
Public Comments and Concerns
Brenda Valentine, V.P. of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce opened an update of the Chamber’s activities by calling attention to the fact that all Chamber Officers were in attendance at the Town Board Meeting. In highlighting the Chamber activities, Valentine emphasized a new “packaging project” underway that will consolidate business coupon offers in a brochure package to be given to visitors to the town through various means starting in mid-May. At this time, Valentine reports that, so far, there are 15 businesses participating. It was also pointed out that all 600 participants in the Black Fly Challenge this year will each receive one of these brochure packets as a kick off to the program.
Tracey Eldridge provided an outline of projects and issues from the County level. Eldridge reported that this season will see the replacement of the Beaver Meadow Bridge, the improvement of two miles of Cedar River Rd. and the replacement of the transfer station scale along with the installation of speed bumps within the station in an effort to slow visiting vehicular traffic to a speed conducive of improved safety.
Eldridge also gave an update to the Phase I portion of the consolidation of fuel farms between Lake Pleasant and Arietta with regard to environmental improvements, fuel acquisition cost efficiencies, customization capability to the specific needs of each town customer. Tracey Eldridge went on to explain that Phase II is planned to include Indian Lake. This phase is expected to be complete by late fall or early winter of 2014.
Switching “hats,” Eldridge also gave a report as an ILCSD Board of Education Member. He reported that the 2014/2015 budget is below the Cap imposed by the State. In addition, Eldridge mentioned that there would be a proposition on the ballot looking for voter permission to move monies from “one pot to another” to fund the acquisition of a generator for the school without having the impact of new additional taxes. There will also be additional propositions to fund via $600,000 bond the removal of additional asbestos found in the school and the replacement of two old boilers. Eldridge explained that although the pellet boiler grant has been awarded, there will still need to be some backup for it and the current boilers are no longer expected to remain serviceable enough for this purpose. Additionally, there will be a proposition seeking funding for a new, smaller school bus.
The Board unanimously approved modifying the policies for the use of the Ski Hut so as to match those of the Byron Park Building in an effort to lessen the utilization pressures on the latter and open opportunities for greater use of the former.
The Board unanimously approved the appropriation of Adirondack Challenge Tee Shirts and Pins as giveaways during the May 5th Adirondack Days event in Albany to be held in the Lower Lobby.
The Board unanimously approved the appointment of Martha Evanoff to the Board of Assessment Reviews (B.A.R.) and communicated their thanks for Ms. Evanoff’s agreement to serve.
An amended Standard Workday Resolution from the office of the NYS Comptroller was unanimously approved by the Board.
Resolution 2 Authorizing representation of the Town in arbitration connected to an accident involving a Town vehicle by the law firm FitzGerald, Morris, Baker, Firth, PC was unanimously approved.
On the issue of Resolution 3 in support of the Ticonderoga Central School’s Resolution seeking recognition of unique circumstances surrounding life in the Park especially regarding the funding of school districts through real estate taxes, the Board held discussion regarding the language, “playground,” as a descriptor of the Adirondack Park as it pertains to the State. After discussion, the board approved the resolution with one dissenting vote from Council Woman, Sally Stanton.
Councilman John Rathbun announced that there would be “Monday Night Cruises,” of antique automobiles from May to September. The cruises will visit different business throughout the season in an effort to support the building of visitation and business traffic during the season. An information meeting is planned about the event at Byron Park, May 17.
North Country Crafters: Supervisor Wells announced the fact that the North Country Crafters presented a donation of $100 in recognition of the Town’s allowing the group to use the building at Byron Park. Wells, went on to communicate that the town hopes that they continue to use the town’s facilities because the town enjoys the relationship and appreciates the wonderful work created by the group and its charitable funding.
Wells reminded the board that an engineering assessment of the Adirondack Lake Dam is currently mandated by the State to be completed by August. However, the tentative estimate presented by Clough Harbour was in the neighborhood of $44,000 for just the assessment. Wells reported that he had told the engineering firm that he felt the estimate to be excessive for a report and asked that they “sharpen their pencil”. Wells also informed the board that he felt that the project should go out to bid and in line with that he would be getting an RFP together in the next Month.
Wells reported that the ambulance antennae was indeed now installed on the cell tower and that the other two are expected to be installed within the week. He announced the receipt of a formal thank you card signed by Ellen Collins in recognition of the donation made by the town to the Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program in support of the work of the group in combatting terrestrial invasives. The work covers Blue Mountain Lake as well.
The next regular Indian Lake Town Board Meeting will be held on May 12, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall on Pelon Road.