Express News Staff
RAQUETTE LAKE -- The Long Lake Town Board has voted to give the State of New York 12.2 acres of land, consummating a deal made in November 2007.
That's when voters across the state approved an amendment to the NYS Constitution allowing the state to convey one acre of forest preserve land to the town for municipal water wells in the hamlet of Raquette Lake, in exchange for at least 12 acres of land of at least equal value to be incorporated into the forest preserve.
The exchange was made possible when Councilman Dean Pohl and his wife Donna donated 12.2 acres of their property on the Marion River Carry to the town earlier this year.
With the deed now in the town's name, the town board voted to donate the land to the state Wednesday, April 30, when it met in Raquette Lake Union Free School.
Requests for proposals to upgrade the phone system at Long Lake Medical Building brought two responses.
Frontier Communications bid $10,600 plus $3,006 for a maintenance contract, while Twinstate Technologies, Morrisonville, bid $8,877.
The board authorized Supervisor Clark Seaman to accept the low bid from Twinstate, but only after he reviews the bids and is certain what Twinstate is offering is equal in value to what Frontier is offering.
-- The Townwide Annual Spring Clean-up will be May 5-16.
-- Stephanie Hample was hired to fill the vacant events coordinator position.
-- Residents have asked for the transfer station in Raquette Lake open at 7 a.m. at least one or two days a week instead of the current 9 a.m., because they leave for work before it is open and return after it has closed.
-- Councilman Richard Dechene said there is an unsafe sinkhole next to the sidewalk near Mt. Sabattis Park. The board agreed the town should fill it in if the NYS Department of Transportation fails to act.
The Town Board will next meet Wednesday, May 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake School.