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Supervisor Brian Wells reads aloud the plaque he presented to Councilperson Jane Locke, right, on behalf of the Indian Lake Town Board, recognizing and thanking her for eight years of service on the board. (Photo/Pete Klein)

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Town Board hears about solar power

Friday, December 13, 2013 - Updated: 8:32 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- Yellow can be green if one is talking about electrical power gathered directly from the sun.

Or, as S. Ram Shrivastava, president and chief executive officer at Larsen Engineering, Rochester, would say, “Green is gold, with gold symbolizing long-term economic value, financial stability and sustainability. Green technologies give us an opportunity to create healthy and energy efficient facilities.”

Shrivastava and Stan Dobert of Apex Solar Power, Queensbury, which specializes in solar panel and solar water heater sales and installations, discussed the possibility of the Town of Indian Lake installing solar panels on town property when the town board met Monday, Dec. 9.

Shrivastava said New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has grant money available to help pay for the project, which could possibly be located on the closed landfill.

With Apex Solar, parts of the project could be funded through structured financing, where a financial partner of Apex owns the equipment and sells the power back to the town at a discounted rate. Renewable energy tax credits available to private firms make it financially beneficial to companies that invest in such projects, Dobert said.

Dobert estimated the town could reduce the current $117,000 it spends on electricity to about $93,000, and the savings could increase as electric rates rise.

Dobert may have sweetened the pie somewhat when he mentioned that Apex works with Blueline Electric in Blue Mountain Lake on some of its projects.

Apex is also talking with the Town of Johnsburg about a similar solar power project.

Both Shrivastava and Dobert promised to send more detailed information to the board. Supervisor Brian Wells said, “This is something to think about.”

RESOLUTIONS

Jon Voorhees and Paul Kietzman were authorized to research the feasibility of putting a hydropower plant at the Lake Abanakee Dam and making its installation a part of any grant applications for repairing the dam.

Ernie Pollman was reappointed to the IL Library Board of Trustees for a term starting Jan. 1, 2014 and ending Dec. 31, 2018.

Barbara Anderson was reappointed to the Planning Board to a term starting Jan. 1, 2014 and ending Dec. 31, 2020.

The board accepted a bid of $5,300 for a Ford tractor, and rejected a bid of $6,500 for a pickup truck, both listed on Auctions International website. The truck will be advertised locally for a minimum bid of $8,500.

THANKS TO THREE

Three Indian Lake residents were recognized for their years of service to the town with resolutions and plaques, but only one was present to receive hers in person: outgoing Councilwoman Jane Locke, who was thanked for her eight years on the town board.

In accepting the award, Locke said, “I would like to thank all my supporters over these last eight years and I hope I have not let you down as your representative.” Locke did not run for re-election.

Bob Curry was recognized for his 13 years of service on the Zoning Board of Appeals and Thomas Atwell for his 17 years of service as town justice.

OTHER BUSINESS

Councilman John Rathbun reported he received a positive reply from Congressman Bill Owens (R-NY) to whom he sent a letter seeking Owens’ help obtaining grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that are still due to the town for damage to town roads from flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee.

The board will hold its end of the year meeting Friday, Dec. 27, starting at 5:30 p.m. and its organizational meeting Thursday, Jan. 2, starting at 5 p.m., both in Town Hall.

The next regular Town Board meeting will be Jan. 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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