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Lake Pleasant gets organized

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Updated: 8:50 AM


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- The Lake Pleasant Town Board held its organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 6, during which the following main items of interest were approved.

Organizational resolutions include: Supervisor Neil McGovern was named as the voting delegate at the annual business session of the Association of Towns of the State of New York Feb. 16-19.

The following appointments were made: Deputy Supervisor Robert Peck; Budget Officer Nancy Seifts; Historian Annie Weaver; Purchasing Agent Neil McGovern; Youth Recreation Director Richard Mayers; Park & Recreation Foreman Randy LaVarnway; Code Enforcement Officer Victoria Buyce; Zoning Officer Fred Slack; Health Insurance Representative, Registrar of Vital Statistics, Handicap Permit Issuer and Justice Court Clerk Deborah O'Rourke, Deputy Court Clerk Faith Cleveland; Animal Control Officer Mike Peck; 

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Mileage reimbursement was set at $0.56 per mile.


Barbara Tracy was reappointed to the Planning Board for Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2016.

William Waller, Chairman Kevin Smith and Vice Chairman Tom Basnight were reappointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals effective Jan. 1. Waller and Smith's terms will end at midnight Dec. 31, 2017 and Basnight's Dec. 31, 2016.

Ronile Lawrence was appointed to the Board of Assessment Review for a term retroactive to Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2018.

Nancy Seifts was reappointed to the library Board of Trustees through Dec. 31, 2018.


New Superintendent of Highways Randy LaVarnway reported the snowmobile trail groomer that got stuck in the muck of Mossy Vly has been cleaned up and is back in operation and running well. LaVarnway said damage was minor, with the most expensive fix being a $110 new battery.

LaVarnway asked the board to consider allowing him to purchase a larger groomer for use in Perkins Clearing. He said increasing the width of grooming from seven to 10 feet would greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to groom the trails, saving money in the long run. LaVarnway will obtain quotes for the board to consider.

LaVarnway designated Edward Brooks as his foreman with a stipend of $2,500 during a six-month trial period. The purpose is primarily to have someone designated to be in charge of the Highway Department when LaVarnway is out of town on an ambulance run or other business.


-- There was some talk about constructing vaults to store the bodies of those who die during the winter months when the ground is frozen. No action was taken. Currently, a vault in Northville is used.

-- Supervisor Neil McGovern reported the town has received a $250 donation from Adirondack Bible Chapel.

-- Because the Martin Luther King Holiday falls on the date when the board would normally next meet, Jan. 20, the board agreed to hold its end of the month meeting Monday, Jan. 27, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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