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Long Lake sells Schiffman Camp

Monday, August 05, 2013 - Updated: 4:24 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

RAQUETTE LAKE - The Town of Long Lake has sold the property it owns on Lake Eaton to J. Douglas and Sarah Patterson of Wilmington, Del., for $567,000.

Town Supervisor Clark Seaman announced the sale Wednesday, July 31, when the town board met in the school gym here.

Seaman said the Pattersons had the high bid of the two received and opened June 28, and it was considerably higher than those that were rejected last year.

In August 2012 the board rejected the four bids it received on the five-bedroom Schiffman Camp on Lake Eaton. Bids then ranged from $80,000 to $450,000.

The former family camp on over four acres was donated to the town in December 2007.

The most recent appraisal of the property, obtained by the town, was $600,000.

Seaman said he expected the closing to take place Friday, Aug. 2.

MONEY FOR THE AIC

The board agreed to donate $1,000 to the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb by a vote of 4-1. The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse currently operates the AIC.

The request for support was made in reference to The Adirondack Park Institute hosting its second annual Awards Gala Thursday, Aug. 8, at the AIC. The event raises funds to support programs at both the AIC and the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center.

The API was formed in 1989 to interpret the mission of the region's super zoning authority, the Adirondack Park Agency. It focuses now on environmental education.

The centers were built by the state over 20 years ago and operated by the APA. When the state shed the centers nearly three years ago due to budget cuts, the two colleges stepped in to keep them going.

The nay vote came from Councilman Dean Pohl, who stated, "Why should we pick up the ball when the state won't and doesn't want to take care of it?"

OTHER BUSINESS

-- The town will advertise for bids on three-year cleaning contracts: one for the medical building and one for town beach bathrooms and custodial duties.

-- Colleen King, Tupper Lake, was chosen to fill the bookkeeper / senior account clerk position.

-- Seaman reported the water wells at the Bissell pit were restarted July 30, and seem to be working well, pumping 200 gallons per minute.

-- Pohl suggested the board pass a resolution at its next meeting that would urge the Department of Environmental Conservation to reconsider its plan to ban netting smelt in streams entering Raquette Lake in the spring. Pohl said netting smelt is popular with many locals and there is no shortage of smelt in the lake.

The board agreed to consider the resolution when it next meets Wednesday, Aug. 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

peterklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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