Cell tower stalled; sewer plant starts up

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INLET - Supervisor John Frey says things are very much up in the air as to when or where a cell tower might be installed to provide cell phone service.

Frey said the Town of Inlet has yet to receive notification from either AT&T or Independent Towers as to whether town property on Fern Mountain or land owned by Dave Corasanti is to be chosen as the site for a tower.

Without direction from either AT&T or Independent Towers, the town board agrees with Frey that the town should not sign any lease agreements or hold a public hearing until a commitment is made from one or the other.

SEWER PLANT

Bernier Carr & Associates Engineer Matt Cooper told the Inlet Town Board Tuesday, June 11, that the sewer plant would be started up Monday, June 17. Work on connecting the laterals should start Monday, June 24.

"I hope everything can be finished by the Fourth of July," he said.

Cooper said the project's budget is in good shape, with about $85,000 remaining in the contingency fund. He recommended using about $70,000 of that to install an odor control system.

There was some discussion, with no decision reached, on using the remaining $15,000 for grading and storm water control around the plant.

NEW STATE LANDS

The board followed the lead of the Long Lake Town Board and the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors in unanimously passing a resolution that strongly opposes any land use classification that does not allow all forms of recreational activities including but not limited to hiking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling, skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dog sledding and ATV riding on the 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy lands recently purchased by the state.

The Adirondack Park Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public hearing on classification at Indian Lake Central School Tuesday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m.

Supervisor John Frey urged everyone to attend and make their views known.

TRANSFER STATION

No decision has been made, but the board is leaning toward not accepting any commercial construction and demolition material at the transfer station because it hasn't come up with a way to properly weigh and charge for its disposal.

The board hopes to reach a decision by the end of summer.

Summer hours at the transfer station are seven days a week, closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- A public hearing will be scheduled for Aug. 13 on an update to the town's zoning law.

-- The board passed a resolution that authorizes spending up to $1,000 to clean the carpeting in the town hall and offices.

-- The beach opened June 17 with lifeguards on duty.

-- Parks staff will be watering hanging baskets several days a week due to a shortage of volunteers from the community. Anyone who is willing to water is asked to contact Town Clerk Patty Wittmeyer at 357-5771.

-- Highway Superintendent Shawn Hansen reported all unpaved roads have been raked including those in the Moose River Plains. He plans to soon start replacing and fixing sidewalks. Blacktopping will start in September.

The Town Board will next meet Tuesday, July 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

peterklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com