By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
LONG LAKE - Town of Long Lake Supervisor Clark Seaman and Councilman Dean Pohl are encouraging residents to vote 'yes' on a constitutional amendment that would clear up an ownership dispute between the state and landowners in and around Raquette Lake.
The proposed amendment will be on November's General Election ballot. It would authorize a land swap that would result in the State of New York dropping its claim to the lands.
The dispute has been ongoing for over 100 years.
The swap would allow the private owners, who all have deeds to the lands they occupy, to keep their property with clear title in exchange for either purchasing nearby lands that would be added to the public Adirondack Forest Preserve or granting the Town of Long Lake a conservation easement restricting development on all or a portion of a disputed parcel.
Should voters statewide approve the amendment, implementing legislation, already adopted, establishes the process to resolve the claims.
Provisions of the legislation list the 216 parcels of disputed land around Raquette Lake and allow those with disputed titles to opt in or out of the settlement process. The replacement land would be subject to state legislative approval.
When the Long Lake Town Board met June 26 it approved a request from Dr. Russell Rider to increase the hours for the part-time nurse position at the health center by approximately 208 hours a year, effective immediately.
The board also approved new job descriptions for three positions at the health center that make them competitive Civil Service positions.
The board accepted Jennifer Crim's resignation and approved advertising for a replacement for the senior account clerk position with no changes in job description or the pay and benefit package.
The board authorized Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century to submit on its behalf an application to the NYS Office of Homes & Community Renewal. If successful the money would be used to establish a regional Central Adirondacks Main Street grant program serving the Town of Long Lake.
The board also authorized CAP-21 to submit an application on its behalf for a Local Waterfront Revitalization grant through the 2013 NYS Consolidated Funding Application process.
-- The board approved renewing a one-year listing agreement with Timm Associates Broker Jim Blanchard on lots on Stanton Hill and to lower the asking prices by $5,000 per lot.
-- The board approved renewing a five-year agreement with Herkimer County for E-911 services for the Raquette Lake area.
-- The board approved renewing a four-year agreement with Mahoney Notify-Plus Inc. to provide monitoring and maintenance / inspection services at the Town Archives Building.
-- The board approved amendments to the 1999 Procurement Policy to take into account inflation over the years with regard to economic thresholds for competitive bidding. The Procurement Policy was originally adopted in June 1993.
The next Long Lake Town Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake school.