Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors continues to back shared services whenever and wherever possible.
When the supervisors met Thursday, March 7, they authorized Chairman of the Board William Farber to submit an application to the NYS Department of State for a 2012/13 Local Government Efficiency Grant of up to $600,000.
The money would support shared fuel services among the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake and their three schools; the Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake volunteer fire departments; and the Indian Lake and Long Lake ambulance squads.
The county will be the lead applicant, as its fuel stations in Long and Indian lakes would be part of the project. They would be upgraded to serve all the entities.
The Phase II Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project would include decommissioning the two towns' existing fuel facilities. It is intended to save the county, towns, fire, ambulance and school districts money.
The towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake and the county are committed to providing a combined local cash match of $60,000. The estimated cost of the project is $660,000.
SHARED GARAGE TOO
The county will also participate in a Shared Service Garage Project with the Town of Long Lake, Long Lake Fire District and Long Lake Central School District.
At the end of February the Long Lake Town Board authorized applying for a shared services grant of up to $800,000. The money would be used to build a new garage that would be used by the Long Lake and county highway departments, LLCS District and Long Lake Fire District.