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Long Lake says yes to guns

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - Updated: 8:28 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LONG LAKE - The Long Lake Town Council passed a resolution Jan. 30 that in essence opposes any new gun control legislation from the state or federal governments.

The resolution was largely drafted by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club, which asked the board to vote on it. It passed 4-1, with Council-man Richard Dechene casting the lone ‘nay’ vote.

Titled the “2nd Amend-ment Preservation Ordin-ance,” the resolution is meant to “prevent federal, state or local infringement on the right to keep and bear firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition” and claims it nullifies “all federal, state or local acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitu-tion of the United States.”

It doesn’t say how the ordinance will be enforced, but does say, “It shall be the duty of the Town Board of the Town of Long Lake and within all of its boundaries within the State of New York to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal, state or local acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitu-tion of the United States.”

It does support “legislation that will ensure dangerous felons are incarcerated and not released only to take additional innocent lives.”

There were few comments from the public.

One person from among the large crowd at the meeting objected to the portion of the resolution that states: “The People of the Town of Long Lake do enact as follows,” saying it is inappropriate for the town board to proclaim everyone in Long Lake agrees with the resolution.

The only other comment from the crowd came from a person who stated the right to keep and bear arms is not about the right to hunt, but about the right of citizens to protect themselves from an oppressive government.

ENERGY AUDIT

There was a brief presentation by Jerry Loch, a community energy educator and auditor; The Wild Center Grant Coordinator Kara Page; and Community Energy Efficiency Management member Frank Pine on some of the results of the inventory and audit of the energy use of municipally owned buildings and vehicles in Long Lake.

Long Lake, along with the towns of Moriah and Schroon Lake, has been part of a free CEEM pilot program that was started early last year. The findings point out things the town can do to lower its energy costs.

Loch pointed out the boiler at the medical building is not running at peak efficiency because it is starved for fresh air. “It has emphysema,” he said.

One thing Loch thought odd is the windows in Town Hall are more energy efficient than the walls. “We’ll have to drill a small hole to see what the problem might be,” he said.

Pine compiled a list of 231 streetlights it costs the town $36,000 per year to operate. This works out to $156 per light.

The next step will be to determine if nearby property owners would be willing to have a streetlight turned off to save money and reduce property taxes. But this could be a problem even if nearby property owners are willing.

Why? Because the latest news Pine is getting from NYSEG is there is a $2,000 charge to remove a streetlight.

Town workers can implement many of the audit’s suggestions as time is available. Where to start will be up to the town board.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board approved a shared services agreement with Hamilton County and other neighboring communities. This agreement is mainly between the highway departments of the county and towns, and includes manpower and equipment for road and trail work.

• Supervisor Clark Seaman reported there was a “pipe failure” Dec. 24 at the Bissell Pit pump station that flooded the building. The problem seems to have resulted from “water hammer,” he said.

Material is being gathered to fix the pipes but the pumps will not be restarted until a solution is found to the water hammer problem.

• Seaman also reported he is trying to reach an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on the property it will get as a result of allowing the town to drill for water and build a pump station on one acre of state land off Sagamore Road, Raquette Lake, for the Raquette Lake water supply.

The problem is the DEC is saying the one acre it gave the town is worth $11,600 but the 12 acres of town property off Kickerville Road being offered by the town is worth only $475.

The Long Lake Town Board will next meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

     

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