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Kids' summer rec program will be no day at the beach

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - Updated: 9:22 AM



WELLS - Thanks to a telephone call to the state Department of Health, this year's Summer Recreation Program does not include time at the beach.

The DOH received a phone call from an unnamed person who said children attending summer rec are given beach time when weather permits.

DOH then notified the town that beach time indicates the program is a children's camp, which requires an aquatic director, background checks on staff and more.

Supervisor Brian Towers said the town must submit a 65-page Summer Recreation Plan to the DOH so it can determine if the town's 50-year-old program is a children's camp.

Since the town was notified in June, there was not enough time to complete the paperwork and get a ruling from the DOH before this summer's program started July 8.

Melissa Paige and Corrine Hayden, both of Wells, are the program's directors this summer.


Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant revenues for May were $20,635 and expenses were $482. Year-to-date revenues as of May 31 were $75,088 and expenses were $5,409.

Towers told the board a team of divers spent four hours underwater June 10 inspecting the dam. They reported that although there is some degradation of the clay blanket, particularly in front of the gates, overall the concrete appears very sound with no hollow spots and any remedial work does not appear to be time critical.


The town will pay for employee David Brenan, a former EMT, to attend an EMT class in the fall. Once he is certified again he will respond to workday emergency medical calls.

Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps has been having difficulty responding to calls during regular business hours. Ambulance Service of Fulton County is helping out in the short term by making "every effort" to get an EMT from either Northville or Speculator to calls in Wells.

In another ambulance matter, the town has agreed to pay for half the cost or $6,000 of a refurbished LifePak defibrillator / monitor. ASFC asked the town to add the equipment to the rig.


-- The board passed a resolution honoring Justice Henry J. Malec, who died June 10. He served as a town justice here for 14 years.

-- Road erosion near Gilmantown Reservoir has prompted the county to ask the town if it would agree to shift the road to the other side, Towers said. The board foresees no problem, noting it would create a larger parking area there.

-- Superintendent of Highways Clay Earley said Dunham's Spring Shop Inc., Johnstown, would charge $1,799 to replace springs and shackles on the garbage truck, work the Highway Department can do.

-- Water District Operator Joe Wilson received an excellent report from the DOH following a recent inspection.

Editor's Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of June 10, 2013, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.


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