Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE -- Water rates here may go up for 2015.
When the Indian Lake Town Board met Monday, June 9, Water / Sewer Department Head Kevin King provided examples of what other water and sewer departments in the county are charging for their services, and made some suggestions on what he believes Indian Lake should be charging to help cover costs.
King pointed out no one can remember when Indian Lake last raised any of its water and sewer fees.
Examples include Long Lake charging $120 a year for water and Speculator charging a base rate of $80 per quarter plus a use rate of $5.10 per 1,000 gallons. Indian Lake charges $60 a year. King recommended raising the rate to $75 a year.
For businesses that have a metered rate, King recommended increasing the per 1,000 gallon rate from $1 to $1.25.
The Town of Wells charges $500 for hook-ups. King suggested raising the charge in Indian Lake from $250 to $500.
King did not recommend an increase in sewer rates.
A motion by Councilman Jack Valentine to adopt the suggested rates and put them into effect immediately was voted down. The board will instead look at the rates when drafting the 2015 budget, and have any increases it adopts start as of Jan. 1, 2015.
The board approved supporting a grant application for Phase III of the Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project. Phase III would share fuel services among the county; the towns of Wells, Hope, Benson, Morehouse and Inlet; and Wells Central School District.
Indian Lake would benefit indirectly from Phase III when any of its vehicles need fuel while in the southern part of the county.
It will benefit directly from Phase II, for which a contract was awarded June 5. Phase II will combine fuel services for the county, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake, the Indian Lake and Long Lake school districts and the fire and ambulance services in the two towns.
Once all segments of the Fuel Management Consolidation Project are operational all municipalities in the county, along with their schools, fire departments and ambulance squads, will be able to use any and all of the county fueling stations. The county will bill them for fuel pumped, and the bills will show which vehicle was fueled and what its mileage was when filled.
-- The town beach on Blue Mt. Lake will be used Friday, Sept. 5, as the end of the first leg of the 90 Miler Canoe Race between Old Forge and Saranac Lake.
-- Ed Brown was approved as a member of the Indian Lake Planning Board and Mary Frasier as an alternate member.
-- Brenda Valentine announced a Farmers' Market would be held in the former grocery store parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Saturday, July 5, and continuing every Saturday through Sept. 27.
The next regular Town Board meeting will be Monday, July 14, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.