Indian Lake Town Hall
Powering the proposed cell tower in the town of Indian Lake is an issue that has yet to be resolved.
During the April 9 Indian Lake Town Board meeting, Supervisor Brian Wells reported that he had attended a walkabout with Verizon and several bidders for the cell tower building project. Those bids are expected during this week.
However, Wells said a National Grid officials, new to this project, is suggesting that the power for the cell tower may need to be run underground. Wells and Councilman John Valentine discussed the difficulty and potential costs in running power underground given the ledge rock at the site and what impact such a requirement would on the current permit and ongoing bidding process.
There is a meeting planned for April 11 that will hopefully clarify the issue, its need, the impact on the project and direction on how to move forward, according to Wells. In a separate conversation after the meeting, the supervisor indicated his hopefulness that the issue is more related to the new representative from National Grid not being fully familiar with the building site and conditions.
In other business, the board voted to approve a proposal from CHA for a preliminary engineering report for water District 1 in Blue Mountain Lake. The proposal is a direct outgrowth of the state Department of Health (DOH) issuing the town of Indian Lake a violation notice connected to there being disinfection byproducts exceeding maximum contaminant levels. These byproducts actually result from the reaction between organics in the raw Blue Mountain Lake water with the sodium hypochlorite during the disinfection process. This proposal covers work connected with evaluating alternatives for correcting the exceedances. In addition, the town and DOH have indicated that the report should include a discussion regarding the potential for replacing the source water supply with a new well system.
The board went on to accept the Ambulance Service Contract and to approve the Blue Mountain Lake water tower removal by the contractor, Ren-Wash Salvage. The removal of the tower is to start this week and Ren-Wash Salvage is to pay the town a minimum of $50 per ton for the materials it is removing.
The board also approved the shared services resolution for Moose River Plains for cooperation among Hamilton County, the town of Indian Lake and the town of Inlet in support of the DEC in maintaining the Moose River Plains Road through 2012. This allows the town to be reimbursed for its support. The board also approved participation in the DEC Fire Tower Stewardship Program, assuring funding from DEC for two stewards sharing time responsibilities on Blue Mountain for the season.
John Collins, of the Blue Mountain Lake Association, was in attendance and took the opportunity during the public comment and period of the meeting to remind the board that there is a secured grant from NYS CAP-21 to be used to enhance the route of the 90-Miler canoe race. Collins said the grant could help fund the Beach Pavilion in Blue Mountain Lake, but that there are deadlines. Wells agreed on moving on the opportunity to participate in the funding quickly.
Christine Pouch, vice president of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, was in attendance and made announcements that the Chamber website, indian-lake.com, is continuously updated with all information about activities of the chamber within the town for review by the public. In addition, Pouch informed the board that the Chamber building was now a Wi-Fi “hotspot” both inside and outside, allowing access to visitors within the building and from the parking lot.
There were materials left for the board and the attending public covering the Adventure Sports Tour the Chamber will be sponsoring on May 3. The tour will have a focus on the town being the “Rafting Capital of the Adirondacks” and will allow all going along on the tour to visit various town businesses and get to know the respective owners a little better. Tour is free to chamber members and $5 for non-members.
Brenda Valentine from the Main Street Revitalization Committee gave a verbal overview of the activities leading up to the Indian Lake Self-Guided Walking Tour, which is scheduled to launch at the end of May. Included on the tour, will be some 13 historic structures, both residential and commercial. There is a guiding brochure in the works and will be available at time of launch. She also took the opportunity to remind the board and attendees that the entrepreneurial business courses is scheduled to begin at Indian Lake Central School on April 24 and that a number of people have already signed on for the course.