On a tour through Lake George inspecting damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Lake George Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington (center) and Lake George Town Supervisor FrankMcCoy gaze at a road washout carved by raging floodwaters careening through Scrimshaw Estates off Rte. 9N.
Municipal employees were praised at a town board meeting Sept. 12 for their efficient work responding to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Town Supervisor Frank McCoy read a letter from the Lake George Business Partnership which said Lake George residents owed Lake George Highway Superintendent Dan Davis and his crew a”a huge debt” of appreciation for not only their response efforts, but “well-thought-out plans” beforehand on how to minimize storm damage.
The letter from the coalition of business owners and signed by John Carr said, “We appreciate all that was done and continues to be done to secure the people and property of the town.”
McCoy noted that he’s received a lot of phone calls and comments from local residents praising the town employees for their work in storm response and recovery.
The Lake George Village firefighters were also praised for their efforts protecting public safety, responding to more than three dozen calls related to trees, flooded homes, washed-out roads, downed electric wires, fires, and trees across highways.
Caldwell Sewer District Superintendent Dan Marino also received considerable tribute for his efforts keeping the municipal sewer system running, despite swollen inflows and electricity outages.
“Everything worked through the storm,” McCoy said. “Dan’s worth his weight in gold.”
On Aug. 28, Tropical Storm Irene moved through the area, causing million of dollars worth of damage after heavy rainfall swelled streams and raging waters carved new pathways through the area, washing out roadways, destroying landscapes, and flooding motels and homes.
In other business, McCoy announced that the town is in very good financial shape.
The town now has $942,386 in cash on hand and was running under budget, he said.
“This is fantastic for this time of year,” he said, noting that the favorable finances were despite a lot of unexpected repair work of about $70,000 in 2011 related to replacement and repair of sewage treatment plant equipment that had failed.
In other actions, the town board:
• Announced that the town court was seeking a $4,000 grant to construct an entrance wall into the town court/meeting room and install a metal detector;
•Set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 17 for the 2012 budget of Caldwell Fire District No. 2 which is expected to increase from $12,500 to $15,500;
•Appropriated $300 for the Adirondack Local Government Review Board, which has endured a 53 percent budget cut;
•Heard that die-testing of the Diamond Point beach rest rooms indicated that no septic leaks were occurring;
•Announced that Rich Morehouse was retiring from his post as town Buildings & Grounds superintendent after 34 years of dedicated service;
•Thanked resident Bob Leombruno for retrieving a pump that was used to pump lakewater for irrigation in Usher Park;
•Decided to use lakewater to irrigate the lawns at the court house to reduce use of potable water and save money.
•Urged Code Enforcement Officer Rob Hickey to resume his ongoing work inspecting area homes and businesses to assure that sump pumps were not dumping stormwater into the town’s sanitary sewer system.
Also, town board member Fran Heinrich said she was intending to meet with Lake George Emergency Squad officials and discuss their 2012 budget.
In addition, she noted she had received several letters claiming that using horses in the horse-drawn carriage operations in the village constituted “cruelty to animals,” an allegation that raised eyebrows in the meeting.