Long Lake seeks and receives grants


Express News Staff

LONG LAKE--When the Long Lake Town Board met  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 of up to $800,000 for a shared service garage project with Hamilton County, 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 with a place to house and maintain their vehicles. The new garage would be constructed by the Town of Long Lake.

Implementation of the project will promote more efficient government spending now and well into the future.


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 in 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 in Blue Mt. Lake to be used for the "Portraits of the Wilderness" outdoor art installation by Matt Burnett that begins in June.


A public hearing without any comment from the public was held on a proposed cable TV franchise application from Slic Network Solutions, Nicholville. The board approved the franchise agreement with Slic.

Phil Wagschal, chairman of the board at Slic, was present to answer questions, but with no questions being asked, did say he expects to start offering cable TV service in three to five months.


The board approved the appointment of Mike Black and reappointed Jim Blanchard to the Board of Assessment Review  with terms extending to Sept. 30, 2016.

The board voted to hire Colleen King as senior account clerk.


Seaman reported the Stanton Hill water wells were started up last week, but there was an immediate problem.

Seaman said the problem is pipes sheered by frost from the cold weather. The problem was quickly repaired by the water department and JD's Pump & Drilling Service, Wevertown, and with the pumps properly working, water samples were sent to the Department of Health for testing.

Testing proved water quality is 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 Wednesday, April 30, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake school gym.