ELIZABETHTOWN - A public hearing on the creation of the new sewer district preceded the March monthly Elizabethtown Town Board meeting. Sixteen people attended the hearing and many questions were asked. Two engineers from the engineering firm of Barton & Loguidice, which designed the proposed sewage treatment plant, were there to answer questions. They showed a map of the proposed sewer district, which encompasses the current water district for the village of Elizabethtown.
Three sites have been proposed for the sewer plant. The cost per household unit for sewage service is projected to be $362 a year. A copy of the project plan is available in the town hall. The Public Hearing lasted 1 hour and fifteen minutes. There was a short recess before the regular meeting began.
The town board voted to establish the town as the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review, which is required by the state for the sewage project. They also created Sewer District No. 1 for the village area and authorized the first draw down from the 1 million dollar grant that the town received for the develop of the sewage project. This money will be used to pay off the $50,000 bond and interest that the town used to pay for the planning portion of the project.
New business brought up included a request by the County Clerk that residents renew driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and passports here in Elizabethtown rather than mailing forms to Albany or doing them online. Essex County receives no portion of the fee if renewals are done directly with the state. However, 12.5 percent of the fee stays in Essex County if renewals are done in person at the DMV or by mailing them to 7559 Court Street, P.O. Box 247, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.
The County Clerks office is also offering a US Passport workshop for those who want to apply for a passport. Starting June 1, 2009 anyone traveling into Canada will need a passport to reenter the US.
Other business included reminders that the Blueberry Trails system is becoming muddy this time of year and vehicles and hiking can cause damage and erosion. The town may close the trails in April until they are dry enough for use. Ice-skating has ended for the season and the rink is being removed.
Adirondack Community Action Programs is conducting a county-wide survey of all households to help with emergency and service planning. All households are encouraged to complete the survey and drop it off at the town hall. It can also be completed online at http://acapincsurveys.org/
The Adirondack History Museum will hold the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday April 25 from 11-3pm. There will be pancakes, maple syrup making, games, music, Maple desert contest and beard growing contest. The cost for a pancake lunch is $6 adults, $5 senior citizens and kids 6-12, $1 for kids under 6.
Board member Joe Martin reported on his participation in the Annual Conference of New York Towns where he attended workshops on town forest management, accurate recordkeeping in towns and possible consolidation of local services. He also learned that the average age of an Adirondack resident is 42 years old. This is similar only to retirement areas of Florida and Arizona.
The proposed law on Outdoor Wood Furnaces will be voted on by the full board at the next meeting, Tuesday April 14 at 7 pm.
Logging on the town property ended on March 16. Firewood and logs have been cut by town workers and the logs were sold to A Johnson Co. Anyone interested in purchasing firewood can contact Supervisor Merrihew at the town hall.
Lee Norton, chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals requested that the town board amend the current law pertaining to the use of alternates on the Planning Board and ZBA. He presented a copy of a current law passed by the town of Webb as an example.
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce has elected new officers and is conducting their annual membership drive. All residents and business owners of Elizabethtown and Lewis are welcome to join. Call 873-6699 for more information.