Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - Residents here have been saying cell phone service has been turned on at Tower Hill, but Supervisor Brian Wells is reluctant to confirm that.
The new cell phone tower appears to be in operation, but Wells said Monday, April 8, that he has not been able to get an official confirmation from Verizon.
Wells said he doesn't want to say, 'Yes, it's working,' until he gets confirmation, because for several weeks service was on and off and on again for testing.
Verizon promised in November 2011 that the tower would be up by the spring of 2012 at the latest. It promised in February 2012 it would be up by summer. In May 2012 it hired Baron Utilities Corporation, Albany, to erect the tower.
The cell tower has been promised since 2006.
Brenda Valentine of the Indian Lake Planning Committee brought the Indian Lake Town Board a proposal to use town property to the west of Town Hall for a Community Farmer Market Fridays from 12-4 p.m. July through September.
Valentine said the purpose is to provide residents and visitors with access to fresh, healthy and affordable food and a venue for farmers, vendors (breads and baked goods, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, maple and honey products, garden and house plants) and area crafters to sell their products directly.
Valentine said she and the committee have been working closely with Mel McWhorter of McWhorter's Orchard, which has offered fresh fruits and vegetables under a tent across from Town Hall every summer.
"We intend to complement, not compete with McWhorter's," said Valentine.
The board was receptive to the proposal, but before authorizing it Supervisor Brian Wells said he wanted to check with the attorney for the town.
In a related fresh food item, the board received a letter from Nancy Welch, director at Hamilton County Cornell Cooperative Extension, which says the Community and Family Garden on Pelon Road is going into its fifth year and is being well used.
Welch wrote, "The portion that is the community garden grew over 1,000 pounds of food that went to the food pantry run by Community Action Agency.
"Eleven families have individual garden plots and there is plenty of room for more gardens. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a garden patch to grow food for their family, please have them contact Indian Lake Garden Coordinator Debby Ameden at 648-5911."
The Town Board will next meet Monday, May 13, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.