Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - The Town of Indian Lake has officially joined the consortium that wants to share fuel stations in the northern part of the county.
When the Town Board met Monday, March 11, it passed a resolution supporting an application for grant funds that will be made by the county, the lead agency for the project. The county will apply to the NYS Department of State for a 2012/13 Local Government Efficiency Grant of up to $600,000.
The county, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake and their three schools; the Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake fire departments; and the Indian Lake and Long Lake ambulance squads would all share the upgraded county fuel stations in Long Lake and Indian Lake.
The Phase II Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project would include decommissioning the towns' existing fuel facilities. Sharing fuel stations is expected to save each of the entities both time and money.
The towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake and the county are committed to providing a combined local cash match of $60,000.
SCHOOL BOARD SEEKS HELP
Indian Lake school board Vice President Dave Harrington was present to solicit voter support for the 2013/14 school budget, if in fact the budget presented to the voters exceeds the tax levy cap and thus requires 60 percent plus one of the voters to be approved.
Harrington said he and other board members have been making the rounds to speak in front of various groups such as the volunteer fire and ambulance corps and the North Country Crafters in an effort to get the word out and answer questions.
The problem facing the school is a cut of $109,000 in state aid. Harrington said this cut in aid meant the tax levy, as it now stands, could be up as high as 7.3 percent and this would result in a $48 increase on the school tax for a home assessed at $100,000.
Admitting no one wants to see their taxes go up, including him, Harrington believes that without the restoration of the cuts made in school aid, it will be necessary to override the cap because, “We need to keep our school and town viable. This is important for the community.”
Harrington mentioned he was recently at a meeting in Glens Falls where the school received support from Senator Elizabeth “Betty” Little and Assemblyman Daniel Stec to have the funding restored to the school.
Supervisor Brian Wells mentioned he also has received a positive response from Stec on a letter he wrote to him and other elected representatives seeking support to restore funding to the school, but had not heard anything back from local representatives Senator Hugh Farley or Assemblyman Marc Butler.
"Later in the week, on Wednesday, Wells said he was contacted by both Farley and Butler to assure him they are actively working to see the cuts in funding restored to Indian Lake Central.
The board agreed to have Wells try to set a date for it to meet with Butler April 12, 19 or 26.
-- The contract to take down the old emergency communications tower on Tower Hill and relocate the three antennas on it to the new cell tower was awarded to Advanced Network Services LLC, Albany. ANS bid $9,960, the lowest bid to meet all specifications.
-- The Northern Forest Canoe Trail organization will be allowed to erect at the town beach on Blue Mt. Lake a sign advising paddlers of the need to inspect their boats for invasive plants and remove them before entering the lake.
-- The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will be allowed to use the town bus for overnight trips to its theater performances throughout the Adirondack Park this summer.
The Town Board will next meet Monday, April 8, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.