Express News Staff
INLET - The Inlet Wastewater Treatment Plant is nearly done.
Bernier Carr & Associates Engineer Matt Cooper told the Inlet Town Board May 14 that work on the plant would be finished by the end of the month and start-up should take place by the end of June.
Cooper believes that financially the plant is in good shape and only 80 percent of construction costs have been spent. An odor control system will be installed and funded from the contingency fund, said Cooper.
The board held a public hearing Friday on a proposed expansion of the wastewater district to include Brandon DiMartino's property, The Birches, and to have a connection in place in case The Woods Inn ever wants to connect to the line.
The proposal is subject to a permissive referendum. The public has up to 30 days after the hearing to file a petition in opposition to extending the wastewater district.
The expansion would be funded by a $70,800 grant from North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
The RED-C has established a Municipal Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Fund for assisting municipalities with implementing essential water and wastewater projects.
In a related matter, a public hearing was held on the new sewer law. There was no public comment and the board adopted the law. A copy is available online or in the Town Clerk's Office.
Superintendent of Highways Shawn Hansen informed the board George Brownsell has resigned from the Highway Department. He is being replaced with Jason Pallotta, full-time for the summer.
The department has been raking Uncas Road; grading, replacing culverts and adding gravel in the Moose River Plains; and working on replacing 480 feet of sidewalk in town.
The town has been informed it would not be reimbursed in the future for snowmobile trail grooming of the section from Mary's Gift Shop to Uncas Road. The state is saying it is not a corridor trail.
In response, the board passed a resolution that the town would GPS that section of the trail, which connects to a C-8 trail, and apply for funding of this corridor trail during Phase I of the 2013/14 season.
The board voted to reappoint Richard Lasher was appointed to another five-year term on the Board of Assessment Review, effective Oct. 1.
Maureen Schanz was appointed to the BAR as an alternate effective Oct. 1, replacing Brandon DiMartino and running until Sept. 30, 2016.
Ray Koup was appointed as an alternate to the Zoning Board and John Levi, Peter Steele, James Payne and alternate John Cahill were reappointed to the same with terms ending Dec. 31, 2015.
-- Transfer station hours again are seven days a week, closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch. Curbside pickup is scheduled for the week of June 10. Call either the town clerk or the Highway Department for pick-up.
-- The Inlet Barnstormers has donated $500 to the town, which was put towards the Coach's Cabin in Arrowhead Park.
-- The public hearing for the cell tower that was scheduled for 7:45 p.m. was cancelled. It will be scheduled for another time.
The next Inlet Town Board meeting will be Tuesday, June 11, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Editor's Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Inlet Town Board meeting of Tuesday, May 14, as provided by Clerk Patty Wittmeyer.