Express News Staff
LONG LAKE–When the Long Lake Town Board met on Wednesday, March 26, much of the meeting was taken up with accepting and applying for grants.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is always calling for municipalities to share services and the board agreed when it passed a resolution authorizing Supervisor Clark Seaman to apply for a Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for a shared service garage project with Hamilton County, the Long Lake Fire District and Long Lake Central School.
The intent of the proposed project is to provide the County, Town, Fire Department and School District the ability to house and maintain their vehicles in a new garage to be constructed by the Town of Long Lake. Implementation of the project will promote more efficient government spending now and well into the future.
The maximum amount of funds being requested from the Local Government Efficiency Grant program is not to exceed $800,000.
With the Town anticipating it will soon receive $45,903 (same as in 2013) from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), the board agreed to add the CHIPS funds with $52,000 for Road Repairs it has set aside the 2014 budget and $107,500 in the 2014 budget for Major Repair/Capital Improvements, for a total of $205,403.
Road repairs and highway improvements will include culvert replacements and road resurfacing projects on Antlers, Sagamore, Uncas and Brightside roads in Raquette Lake; plus Rice and South Hill roads, and Clement Lane in Long Lake.
The board accepted a $4,500 Decentralization Grant from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to be used for the "Portraits of the Wilderness" outdoor art installation beginning in June by Matt Burnett.
The board authorized the County Superintendent of Highways to post weight restrictions on town roads within the Town of Long Lake when he deems necessary for the calendar year 2014.
A Public Hearing without any comment from the public was held on a proposed cable TV franchise application from Slic Network Solutions, Nicholville.
Without there being any public comment, the board closed the public hearing and voted to approve the franchise agreement with Slic.
Phil Wagschal, chairman of the board at Slic, was present to answer questions but without there being any questions, Wagschal did say he expects to start offering cable TV service in 3 to 5 months.
The board voted to approve the appointment of Mike Black and reappoint Jim Blanchard to the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) with terms extending to Sept. 30, 2016.
The board voted to hire Colleen King as Senior Account Clerk.
STANTON HILL WELLS
Seaman reported the Stanton Hill wells were started up last week but there was an immediate problem.
Seaman said the problem was pipes sheered by frost from the cold weather. The problem was quickly repaired by the water department and JD's Pump & Drilling Service, and with the pumps properly working, water samples were sent to the Depart of Health for testing.
Testing proved water quality was good and the pumps began sending clean and safe water into the system.
Seaman said, “It’s been a tough winter.”
The Long Lake Town Board will next meet on Wednesday, April 30, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake school gym.