Express News Staff
LONG LAKE—The Long Town Board passed a resolution to endorse an application submitted by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to the Department of State for a 2012/13 Local Government Efficiency Grant Program, seeking grant funds to support Shared Fuel Services it hopes will result in fuel cost savings and increased efficiencies for the town, school and emergency response departments.
The County is acting as the lead applicant, along with the towns of Indian Lake, Long Lake, the Indian Lake and the Long Lake Central School districts, the Raquette Lake Union Free School, the Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake volunteer fire and ambulance squads to undertake the necessary activities for the submittal of an application under the 2012/13 Local Government Efficiency Grant Program.
The intent of the proposed project is to provide the county, towns, fire, ambulance and school districts the ability to share fuel services at a decreased cost in both time and money. The project will include decommissioning the Town of Indian Lake’s and the Town of Long Lake’s existing fuel management facilities while the county’s facilities in Long Lake and Indian Lake will be upgraded to serve all.
It is believed implementation of the project will promote more efficient government spending now and well into the future.
Supervisor Clark Seaman commented that shared fuel services would mean that all entities in the shared service agreement would be able to stop and fuel up at any of the fueling locations (Long Lake, Indian Lake and Lake Pleasant), and the charges would be sent to the correct participant.
The maximum amount of funds to be requested from the Local Government Efficiency Grant program is not to exceed $600,000.
The Town of Indian Lake, the Town of Long Lake and Hamilton County commit to using funds to provide a combined local cash match of $60,000, with each of the three contributing to the project. The combination of these sources will bring the available funds to $660,000, which is the estimated total cost of the project.
Assessor James Bateman advised the board he will be sending out Tentative Assessment Notices on April 23 to all property owners.
Bateman said this is not a reassessment year (last done in 2009) but is only a slight adjustment with most assessments going down some in the 5% to 6% range.
Bateman also mentioned the state will be cracking down on fraudulent claims for school property tax rebates under STAR, a $3 billion-a-year program that’s meant to be used for people’s primary residences but has been used for weekend and vacation homes and even illegally subdivided rooming houses.
Bateman said, “I am not the Star Police. The state will be doing the investigations.’
The Town has received $24,360 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic for the maintenance of a total of 75 miles of snowmobile trails, including the 12 miles along the rail corridor groomed by Beaver River Association of Skiers & Snowmobilers (BRASS) per contract.
In accepting these funds, the board passed a resolution to increase the General Fund Revenue Account by $7,360 and the General Fund Appropriation Accounts by $7,360 in the 2013 Budget because $7,360 of the amount received exceeds the 2013 Long Lake Budget.
The board approved purchasing a Blizzard recyclables/metal trailer for Raquette Lake at a cost of $4.595
The board approved the use of the Town Beach for free concerts this summer by private individuals.
The board approved supporting High Peaks Hospice in the amount of $1,000.
The board authorized the Supervisor to enter into a contract with the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for the purpose of providing arts and cultural services which will serve resident and visitors, and paying ALCA $3,500 for those services.
In November last year, the board listened to a presentation from the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) who is hoping to see train tracks removed between Lake Placid and Old Forge, and have them replaced by a useable path for hikers, bicycles and snowmobiles.
At the board’s March meeting it heard a presentation delivered by The Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society (ARPS) board member Allen Dunham who argued for an opposite path.
ARPS would like to see the tracks and rail bed restored so train service can be provided between Old Forge and Lake Placid and also believes the trail can be developed for multiple uses such as hiking and biking in the warmer months and snowmobiling in the winter.
Dunham said this approach is called “Rails with Trail’ and also mentioned a long term goal would be to handle some “light freight.’
Currently, ARPS leases the tracks and bed for the Adirondack Railroad from the NYS Department of Transportation and runs scenic trains between Utica and Big Moose, and between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
As was the case with the presentation from ARTA, the board respectfully listened but did not take any action to pick a side.
To learn more go to http://www.adirondackrr.com/
The next meeting of the Long Lake Town Board be on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake School.