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Towns settle their boundary line dispute

Friday, April 19, 2013 - Updated: 4:55 PM


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT – Peace now reigns on the border between the towns of Lake Pleasant and Arietta.

The Lake Pleasant Town Board authorized Supervisor Neil McGovern April 15 to sign the New York State Supreme Court stipulation discontinuing action on the boundary line dispute between the two towns.

The resolution notes that “Supervisor Neil McGovern and Supervisor Rick Wilt of Arietta both agree that the parties in the matter of the judgment pursuant to County Law 228 has no longer an interest in the subject matter of the special proceeding, the above entitled special proceeding be, and the same hereby is discontinued, with prejudice, without costs to either party against the other.”


Child and Family Health Plus facilitator Nancy Harrell had been scheduled to be at the meeting, but in her absence McGovern gave a short presentation on the services provided by the state-sponsored programs as provided in an email from Harrell.

Family Health Plus is a public health insurance program for adults age 19 to 64 who have income too high to qualify for Medicaid. It is available to single adults, couples without children and parents who are residents of New York state and are United States citizens or fall under one of many immigration categories.

Family Health Plus provides comprehensive coverage including prevention, primary care, hospitalization, prescriptions and other services. There are minimal co-payments for some Family Health Plus services.


Child Health Plus is for children. Depending on a family's income, a child may be eligible to join either Children's Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Both are available through dozens of providers throughout the state.

Covered services include regular checkups, hospital care, prescription drugs, dental care, eyeglasses, vaccinations, mental health services, emergency room visits and medical equipment.

For more information McGovern recommended calling Harrell at (518) 580-2022.


-- There was some discussion about purchasing a third tracked snowmobile trail groomer or trading one in for a new groomer. Superintendent of Highways Leo Desrochers will get prices.

-- The charge for a weekend burial was raised from $75 to $175.

-- The town will pay $1,500 of the $3,000 in renovations planned for the restroom at the start of Sacandaga Pathway, at the village pavilion, and the Pathway Committee will pay the other $1,500. The Village of Speculator will spend $2,500 on improvements to the restrooms at Speculator Fire Hall.

-- The board reconfigured the employment status of lake monitors and Bti applicators. In the past, Bti workers were private contractors. They will now become part-time town employees. Lake monitors, who have been town employees, will become private contractors paid by the town.

-- A letter from the NYS Department of Taxation congratulates the town for its third year achieving 100 percent property assessments.

“What this means,” McGovern said, “is the town will [this year] receive $5 for each property it assesses for a total of $8,960.” The state reimburses municipalities for assessments to encourage them to reassess regularly and update continuously.

The Aid for Cyclical Reassessments program took effect March 1, 2010. It pays $5 per taxable parcel the first year after a reassessment and $2 per parcel in non-reappraisal years if a municipality commits to reassessing at least every four years.

The Lake Pleasant Town Board will next meet Monday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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