Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - No, the Town of Lake Pleasant is not supporting drag racing, although it might if some entrepreneur brought it to town.
The town board has thrown its support behind a grant application Dedicated Residents to Area Grooming plans to submit to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. D.R.A.G. hopes to win $100,000 toward the purchase of a new snowmobile trail groomer.
D.R.A.G. assists the town by grooming snowmobile trails within the Village of Speculator and the former International Paper Company "Tree Farm." Created in 2004 by Bob Carr and Rick Swift, D.R.A.G. is a member of the NYS Snowmobile Association. It is funded by local businesses, memberships and donations.
Carr says, "The Recreational Trails Program grant D.R.A.G. is seeking is for $100,000 which we will use to purchase a new or refurbished groomer, drag and replacement tracks."
The matching grant would pay 80 percent of the cost.
"Our current grooming fleet consists of two older Class A track groomers (a 1991 BR-60 and a 1997 BR-110)," Carr continued, "and if awarded the grant, we will purchase a new or refurbished Class A groomer to assist in maintaining the trails."
Carr said D.R.A.G. maintained over 13 miles of snowmobile trails in Speculator and Lake Pleasant last winter, and this coming winter plans to increase that to 20-25 miles.
"We hope to be awarded the grant this fall and possibly take ownership of the new groomer as soon as early 2014," he told the town board Monday, Aug. 5.
The town's backing is necessary because OPRHP requires not-for-profits to obtain the endorsement of the governing body of the municipality in which the project will be located. For more on D.R.A.G. go to www.dragofspeculator.com/.
In a related matter, the board authorized Superintendent of Highways Leo Desrochers to purchase a 30-foot trailer from Circle L Trailers, Gloversville, for $6,345.
The trailer will have several uses, including moving snowmobile trail groomers between trails. This will protect the tracks on the groomers and protect roads from damage by the tracks.
The Highway Department is preparing the parking areas in front and to the side of Town Hall for blacktopping. Desrochers said the work would be fully covered by Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funds from the state.
Desrochers reported the new Case backhoe is out for repair because of a hydraulic oil leak. The repair will not cost anything because the backhoe is under warranty.
Supervisor Neil McGovern said he would be talking to the NYS Department of Transportation about what, if anything, can be done to complete the recent resurfacing DOT did on sections of State Route 8.
McGovern and many local residents believe not resurfacing the center of the road presents a traffic danger, especially when it rains, and creates a danger to pedestrians because many drivers infringe upon the side of the road in an effort to keep all tires on the resurfaced section.
McGovern said the recent painting of a white line to mark the shoulder is an improvement, but hasn't solved all the problems associated with the partial blacktopping.
The Lake Pleasant Town Board will next meet Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.