Indian Lake Town Hall
Members of the Indian Lake Town Board Monday, Jan. 14 unanimously passed a law providing a partial tax exemption of real property taxes for residents who have limited income and are 65 and older.
The decision was made at the town’s regular board meeting and after a public hearing, during which there were no public comments.
This new law rescinds the provisions of Local Law No. 4 of 2004 and recognizes the economic changes that have taken place since that time.
Depending on income levels, the partial exemptions range from 5 to 50 percent, with the smallest exemption at the income range of $27,500.00 to $28,399.99, and the largest exemption being afforded to those with incomes in the range of $19,999.99 or less.
To qualify, residents must apply prior to March 1, 2013 and all ownership, use and application provisions of Section 467 of the Real Property Tax Law must be met. Owner income shall be income as identified by Section 467.3(a) of the Real Property tax law and shall be the total income of the owner, or the combined income of all the owners for the income tax year. In the event that no income tax return has yet been filed for the tax year, the filing for the calendar year immediately preceding the date of making application will be used.
•For the first time since 2002, board members approved a modest increase in the building permit fee. Councilwoman Locke abstained from the vote.
•Board members recognized the retirement, as of Dec. 10, 2012 of Water/Sewer Department Superintendent Dean Moulton, and Supervisor Brian Wells presented him with a certificate of recognition for his 38 years of service to the town.
•Board members also approved a resolution providing an easement on the Nature Conservancy lands, formerly the Outer Gooley Club, giving the town the right to go in and maintain the roads on the land. Wells announced that on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. a representative from DEC will be at the Town Hall to explain their thoughts surrounding this property. The public is invited to attend.
•Surrounding the proposed contract renewal for general support received by the board from the engineering firm, Clough Harbor & Associates, board members tabled the decision as to approve the contract. He wishes to allow time to review the amount of use the town made of the firm for general engineering support the previous year before making the decision to engage them for the same support use again this year.
•Six bids were received for the purchase of two ¾ ton pickup trucks. Bids were received from five dealerships located in the states of Vermont, New York and Ohio. All six bids were accepted for consideration.
•During his “Comments” Section, Supervisor Wells officially announced that the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts received a $150,000 grant from the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to help fund the Center’s Adirondack Lake Summer Theater Festival, a one-of-a-kind touring theatre festival covering 2,000 square miles of the Adirondack Park. ALSTF features professional actors and community performers in six different productions, with over 60 performances in 20 towns throughout the Adirondack region and Central New York. Through the ALSTF apprentice program local actors, musicians and technicians also spend the summer studying with professionals in the productions.
•Wells went on to mention that due to some equipment problems, some snow mobile trail grooming issues developed and some unfortunate reports were placed on-line. Wells communicated his unhappiness with such reports being made that have adverse economic effects and reflections on the town. He was especially unhappy with those making such reports without finding out the reason behind the grooming situations. He went on to thank the town of Inlet for their assistance in picking up the slack that Indian Lake’s equipment breakdowns caused.
•The supervisor’s final comment was the announcement that the Ambulance Corps is running seven days without the benefit of the paid staff at night and that there is a need for a driver at the Corps if anyone is interested. A CPR course is necessary.
•Board members hired Justin Husson as a laborer at the wastewater treatment facility starting Feb. 11. Both Councilman Valentine and Councilwoman Jane Locke commented on the high quality of all the applicants and that the decision to select one was difficult.
•Councilman Valentine reported on the lighting energy audit conducted by National Grid. He explained that the audit resulted in a concise proposal for energy saving improvements, which included a cost benefit analysis. The analysis indicated that improvements in the Town Hall would deliver a payback in 15 months. In addition, National Grid would pick up 50 percent of the cost and the Town would get an additional 15 percent discount if it paid its share ($1,080.39) in full and upfront. The work would be completed within 30 days. Councilman Valentine made the motion to move forward with the work on the Town Hall due to its rapid pay back relative to that of doing work in the Library (40-month payback) and the Parks and Recreation Department (72-month payback) and the effect of the costs on the available budget. Board members unanimously approved the project.
•Board members discussed the desire to arrange an open meeting between the Town Board and the Board of Education. The Town Board will recommend some dates.
•Councilwoman Sally Stanton announced that there will be a meeting of the Indian Lake Planning Committee and the Board of Directors of the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Town Hall on Pelon Road and the public is invited to attend.
The next regular meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board will be held on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.