Express News Staff
INLET -- The Town of Inlet has an updated Inlet Town Comprehensive Master Plan.
Inlet's first master plan was adopted Aug. 19, 2003. It was last updated in December 2009. The Inlet Town Board voted on the matter Wednesday, Jan. 14.
The plan presents the collective vision of the town as a tool for building upon current assets. It is meant to be a guide into the future as ways are sought to preserve the environment while improving the town's quality of life, economy and image.
The new plan has been posted on the town website government pages.
No one from the public commented on or asked questions about the plan during the public hearing.
Cory Reid from Bernier, Carr and Assoc., Watertown, the engineering firm for the sewage treatment plant, reported odor control equipment has been delivered and installation would begin as soon as it could be determined all the parts arrived in good condition.
The board authorized Supervisor John Frey to sign contracts with Bernier, Carr for a study on a possible Sewer District 2 for $15,000. The logical area would be South Shore and Gilbert roads.
Frey said the $15,000 would come from the General Fund. Nicholas Rose, executive director and grant writer at CAP-21, was asked to begin searching for funding to begin the project in 2015.
Highway Superintendent Shawn Hansen reported the new Case front-loader purchased from Monroe Tractor has arrived. Hansen sold the old 1999 Hyundai loader that had stopped working for $17,000, so the board needs to decide if it should put the full $17,000 toward the purchase price or put $10,000 toward the price and $7,000 in the Highway Fund.
Hansen also reported the town realized $9,632 on the sale of scrap metal at the transfer station in 2013.
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An abrupt loss of electrical power started at about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and extended to sometime around 3:10 a.m. Jan. 2. It included Inlet and extended west to Boonville and east to Raquette Lake.
Councilman William Faro said, "This building was open during the polar vortex when the power was out and the temperature was about 10 degrees below zero. About eight people came here to get warm. The lights were on and the building was warm."
Town Hall and Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services are equipped with generators and can provide warmth and running water when necessary.
Town Clerk Patty Wittmeyer will no longer be issuing fishing and hunting licenses. They may be obtained at Ace Hardware.
The Inlet Town Board will next meet Tuesday, Feb. 11, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.