Cars invade Indian Lk. during Adk. Challenge


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT - Indian Lake may not have been invaded by 3,000 people during the Adirondack Challenge, but it certainly saw a large number of vehicles, some of them way over the speed limit.

According to Hamilton County Superintendent of Highways Tracy Eldridge, mobile traffic control units were set up at two locations in Indian Lake for the weekend.

One was on State Route 28, at the top of the hill east of Byron Park, where it recorded slightly more than 7,000 vehicles (total of both directions) between Saturday morning, July 20, and Sunday evening, July 21.

The average speed was 42 mph, but one vehicle in a hurry to leave town was clocked at 77 mph.

The traffic in town was even heavier. The unit placed near Stewart's Shop recorded just over 16,000 vehicles over the two-day period, with most observing the 35 mph speed limit.

When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held committee meetings Tuesday, July 23, Eldridge also reported on a July 18 work zone accident that took place while his department was trimming trees along County Route 11, South Shore Rd. in Lake Pleasant.

Eldridge said a tree limb fell on and caused up to $1,750 in damages to a car that had been waved through.

"This was a failure of communications by the crew," Eldridge said. He said he views this as a teaching opportunity to impress upon the crew the importance of communicating when on the job.

Eldridge asked for permission to pay for repairs from his budget, instead of submitting it as an insurance claim. The supervisors approved.


County Real Property Tax Services Director Barry Baker gave a presentation on the Systems Development Group Inc., Utica, computer program he wants to acquire.

SDG provides real property imaging and GIS centric software and systems integration services to governments. Baker said 38 counties in the state are using SDG, including all those surrounding Hamilton County.

The key feature is something called Image Mate Online, which provides municipalities with the ability to manage and provide access to their real property information through the Internet.

The system would allow the county to decide how much information would be available free to anyone and how much more information would be available to commercial users, such as real estate agents, with a subscription fee.

Baker estimates the cost at about $20,000 spread over four years. Eventually, it would replace the current Hamco Maps.

The presentation was done online and projected onto a screen, where it became obvious SDG offers something much more user friendly than Hamco Maps. See it by going online to

A decision won't be made until the entire board has an opportunity to review the request.