Blue Mountain Lake
Indian Lake Town Supervisor Brian Wells noted the larger-than-usual attendance at the Town Board’s Aug. 13 meeting at the Blue Mountain Lake firehouse and thanked all for coming out.
During the public comment section of the meeting, Blue Mountain Lake Association President John Collins praised the appearance of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake and invited all attendees to take a walk around town and see all the benefits of the hard work of those involved in beautifying the surroundings.
Special attention was paid to thanking the town of Indian Lake for their assistance with the new beach pavilion. Collins noted that it has rapidly become a real asset to the community after only having the ribbon cutting ceremony on July 21.
Mention was made about how the new radar speed devices placed along Route 28 have reduced the number of vehicles speeding through town.
Finally, on the issue of the Blue Mountain Lake water quality, Collins told the Town Board that the entire Blue Mountain Lake community is ready and willing to help make progress on the issue.
Regarding Blue Mountain Lake water quality, Supervisor Wells reported that there has been another notice of violation, but stated that this is more of a function of the standards being further tightened than the water quality getting worse.
“We have a preliminary report from Clough Harbor that contains five alternative remedies to the problem,” Wells said. “We seem to be getting pushed in the direction of drilled wells, but we will see what needs to be done.”
The supervisor went on to mention that there is a meeting scheduled for Aug. 29 and that the Clough Harbor report is available in the town hall to anyone wishing to review it.
Councilman John Valentine requested that anyone having a well in the area to provide depth information to the town and any other relevant information that may impact on the decision process in addressing the issue.
On the topic of the cell tower, Supervisor Wells reported that, “The tower is up there.” There had been a setback regarding one of the anchors having to be re-engineered, but that had been solved, according to Wells. Piers have been poured, and the housing unit is on site. It was also reported that the road to the site has been closed off due to unauthorized visitors going to the site, taking pictures and posting erroneous information on the Internet. Further, it was pointed out that unauthorized visitation also represents an injury hazard and potential slow-down to the work progress.
“Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that once the tower is up, it will be turned on,” Wells said. “Believe me, I want this service as much as anyone, and I can’t wait to close a meeting by telling everyone to go on outside and turn your cell phones on.”
The board announced the availability of the New York State Yellow Dot program designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency medical care. The free program allows participating individuals to place medical information in the glove compartment of their car and/or in a container stored in the freezer of their refrigerator. A yellow dot is provided to be placed on the driver side window of the car and/or the front door of the house to alert emergency medical personnel to the fact that a special medical situation exists and that the information is stored in the glove compartment of the car and/or the freezer. Those interested in taking advantage of this free program should contact Julie Clawson for the web address.
It was announced that the Public Employee Risk Management Association (PERMA) rating for the town has vastly improved.
“In the past, we have rarely scored over 70,” said Supervisor Wells. “But now our score is 85.”
It was explained that this should result in savings on insurance.
The board turned its attention to addressing and updating the attendees on actions surrounding a petition received from a number of homeowners on Adirondack Lake regarding a home in chronic disrepair. Supervisor Wells explained that a building inspection has taken place and discussions have been undertaken with the town attorney. The next step is to meet with the property owner after tonight’s meeting and include the issue in the executive session after the public meeting. Regarding release of information surrounding the issue, Wells stated that the town and its board will be guided by the advice of its attorney.
Councilman Valentine reported on his attendance at an Adirondack North Country Association-sponsored clean energy conference. This was the first of a series of such conferences to take place over the next five years.
“This year, I concentrated on biomass fuels with the realization that the cost of energy for the town’s facilities is around 20 percent of the annual budget,” Valentine said. “The use of wood chips as fuel was found to be intriguing given the fact that they could be produced locally while providing local jobs while potentially saving energy costs.”
Valentine will look deeper into the potential savings this could represent especially regarding the heating of the town garage and perhaps in some area of the school.
Valentine is also interested in pursuing photovoltaics (solar) in his quest for clean energy alternatives and savings for the town. This is especially true given net metering, where the town could receive a payment for any energy produced and not used by the town. Such energy would be fed back into the grid.
Valentine said he believes the town would receive a payment at the retail price per unit of energy provided back to the grid. He suggested to the board that he would like to pursue these issues further and perhaps pursue a grant from the Institute of Photovoltaics. The board approved the further inquiry.
The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Indian Lake Town Hall.