Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, Minerva
Representatives from Verizon and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) conducted a balloon test Wednesday, Jan. 16 for the phone company’s proposed cell tower, according to Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey.
Three balloons were flown up from the site of the site behind Sporty’s Iron Duke Saloon in order to gauge the visual impact of the tower. The lowest balloon was set the height of the tower, and the other two were flown higher in the air to get an idea how it would look if they needed to modify the height of the tower. Representatives from Verizon and the APA then drove around town in jeeps and evaluated the appearance from various locations in the town.
“It was very exciting to see the balloon test moving forward and we are all looking forward to hearing back from Verizon about the results,” Supervisor Corey said.
Corey and the rest of the Town Board have been actively supporting this project from the beginning.
“We are all eager to have the review process go as smoothly as possible and look forward to the day when cell service will be possible in Minerva,” Corey said.
Verizon officials previously had been looking at a cell tower site on Town Hall property but changed their mind in 2012 in favor of the hill behind Sporty’s along state Route 28N.
An hour before their regularly scheduled Town Board Meeting Thursday Jan. 17, the town held a public hearing for the $400,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for housing rehabilitation that the town received. Bruce Misarski of the Housing and Development Program for Essex County (HAPEC) explained what the next steps would be in setting up the program. In addition, Misarski and HAPEC will be administering the program for the town. Corey explained that HAPEC had been working with the town during the past three years in order to secure the grant.
“CDBG grants have a lot of paperwork and a lot of reporting. HAPEC staff are experts at running these kinds of programs and we are lucky to have them,” Corey said, adding that they will be working with eligible households to get additional assistance.
They are looking for ways to increase the buying power of the $400,000 grant. Corey noted that EmPower (a program that helps households be more energy efficient by improving aspects of their electric service) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (which deals with insulation and other costs related to heating and cooling homes) are programs can benefit eligible households in the community.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) — a countywide tourism organization based in Lake Placid — will be coordinating a meeting between the five towns included in the state land purchase to explore business opportunities that are possible because this purchase. The 18,000 acres that the state closed on in late December, which includes the Essex Chain of Lakes, is part of this purchase. The meeting was set for Jan. 23 at the North Hudson Town Hall.