Express News Staff
INLET - Inlet could have its very own frankenpine because progress is being made to provide improved cell phone service here.
When the Inlet Town Board met Tuesday, March 5, Inlet Supervisor John Frey told the board the Adirondack Park Agency and Independent Towers did balloon tests at Fern Mountain, on land owned by Dave Corasanti.
Which location will be chosen and a time frame on when a tower will be erected is yet to be determined, but Frey believes progress is being made.
Frey said the balloons were raised to 100 feet and were not noticeable unless one knew where to look. Whichever location is chosen, the tower will probably be about 90 feet tall with the top portion camouflaged to look like a pine tree, creating the so-called frankenpine.
Work on the wastewater treatment plant is still on schedule and within budget, but the continued cold weather might slow things down just a bit.
Frey said some additional money might have to be spent to warm up the ground so concrete can be poured but it would not result in going above the budget.
Speaking of the cost of the project, Frey said funding would not be affected by the federal government's budget cutting, because all funds were allocated previously.
The $4.1 million project is being financed in part by a $1.79 million Rural Development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation has contributed a $1.73 million grant toward the project.
EFC is also providing a $578,000 interest-free loan through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
Highway Superintendent Shawn Hansen expects to take delivery of the new truck with plow sometime this week or early next week at the latest.
Hansen asked the board to consider posting 'No Parking from 2-6 a.m. Thursday mornings' on Main St. during the summer so the street can be swept without interference from parked vehicles.
The board agreed to have Attorney for the Town C.J. Kalil review the idea first.
If the request goes forward, Frey said there would need to be a public hearing on a local law before any signs could be put up.
The Information Office reports that as of Feb. 28 it had processed 1,188 snowmobile trail permits. Last year at this time 992 permits had been processed.
The towns of Inlet and Webb will meet at 3 p.m. today, March 13, in Inlet Town Hall to talk about snowmobile trails and permits.
-- The Parks Department is looking for up to five lifeguards for this coming summer.
-- The board members received a draft of a shared services agreement among Inlet and other municipalities to review.
Shared services would include the renting, borrowing, leasing, repairing or maintenance of any piece of machinery or equipment; or the exchanging or borrowing of materials or supplies; or the provision of a specific service.
The Town Board will next meet Tuesday, April 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.