Indian Lake Town Hall
Supervisor Brian Wells opened Tuesday evening’s meeting with a moment of silence honoring the memory Tamara F. Blake, who died as a result of a rafting accident on Thursday morning, September 27th. Supervisor Wells asked the remaining board and the meeting attendees to reflect on the family of the deceased and what they must be going through due their loss caused by this tragedy.
During his comments section of the meeting, Supervisor Wells also acknowledged and thanked the members of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York State Police, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, the Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department and all the other organizations and individuals responding to the tragic incident on September 27th. Wells also reported that he will be meeting with the Hudson River Rafting Association at their next meeting and Councilman John Valentine volunteered to accompany the Supervisor to this meeting.
Councilwoman Stanton requested an update on the status of the cell tower. Supervisor Wells reported that he is frustrated with the time that this project is taking and the lack of response to his inquiries made to Verizon and to the contractors handling the project. Wells also reported that he has reached out to Bill Farber at Hamilton County to ask for assistance in getting the project moved along. Marty Trometter, an attendee at the meeting, reported that he had been up to the site and talked with the contractor who told him that the anchor point had failed a second time. Currently, they believe that the answer to solving the problem will be to get a pressure concrete truck to the site to force concrete into position under pressure, let it cure and then test again. All other areas of the project are ready to go such as the tower being available at the site and footings ready for the service building. Presumably, if the anchor point solution works, the project should be a quick complete. In a post meeting conversation with Mr. Trometter, he related some of his personal difficulties in trying to live in today’s world without the availability of cell service. Personally, in the process of recuperating from health issues a number of years ago, his Doctors recommended that he not reside here in the community given the risk of not having cell service if he were out and about and suffered a cardiac event. With regard to the well being of the community, Marty went on to explain how he has spoken to many visitors who say, “how beautiful our community is and how they enjoyed their visit, but that they would not return because they just can’t be out of touch with their businesses or places of employment due to the lack of cell service and running around to find a pay phone is just not a solution to the lack of cell service”.
In a separate post-meeting conversation with Supervisor Brian Wells, he brought the issue of not having cell service to a more immediate level when he commented, “I mean, I don’t want to be ghoulish, but one has to wonder if we would have had a different outcome to the rafting tragedy if cell service were available.”
During the Public Comment section of the meeting, John Collins, President of the Blue Mountain Lake Association raised the issue surrounding Invasive Species Law, mentioning that Blue Mountain Lake is one of the few lakes free of invasive species and that the community is eager to see the law adopted as soon as possible to protect the Lake. Other attendees also pointed out that Indian Lake is also free of invasive species at this time and that as of 2011 Adirondack Lake and Lake Abanakee were also stipulated as free of invasive species and the time to protect these resources is now. Supervisor Wells pointed out that Councilwoman Sally Stanton is heading up the review of the law and that the Town Board is in the process of getting as much information as possible to help assure that it’s decision surrounding the law is well supported and well made. John Collins reminded the Board that what is wanted is protection from all invasive species whether they be aquatic, terrestrial, or animal.
The Board was presented with the 2013 budget. The point was made that copies of the budget are available for review and that the Town Board will be holding budget workshops and the public is welcomed to attend. The workshops will be held on October 11th, 17th and 25th, with a preliminary budget public hearing on November 8th. All meetings will be at 7PM in the Indian Lake Town Hall on Pelon Road in Indian Lake. The budget must be passed by November 28th.
In connection with the budget, the Board considered and made the decision to adopt the local law #1-2012 providing the ability to override the tax cap. Supervisor Wells made the point that this decision must be made now as a precautionary measure in order to provide the ability to override the tax cap if needed.
Regarding the Blue Mountain Lake Water Violation issue, Supervisor Wells reported that discussions surrounding a number of well alternatives are ongoing with Clough Harbour.
Both the American Legion Post and the Adirondack Museum addressed thank you letters to the Town. The former was for the use of a school bus to take members of the Post to visit the Scotia Air Base. The latter thank you was for the assistance provided by the town during the Rustic Furniture Fair and particularly for the use of the tennis courts for parking during the event.
Decisions surrounding requests for membership donations from Cap 21 and the Adirondack Park Local Review Board were postponed until budget time.
Two applications for the position of Dog Control Officer have been received and are under review by the members of the Town Board.
Councilman Valentine formally thanked Jamie Roblee for providing the “drive around” to view the road projects throughout the town, saying it was extremely informative and helpful. He also thanked Joann Quinlivan for her painting of the Moose on the large Adirondack chair in front of Byron Park. He acknowledged the speed and quality with which Ms. Quinlivan completed the painting.
The next regular meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 7PM at the Town Hall on Pelon Road.