Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County Executive Director Nancy Welch is urging the Town of Lake Pleasant to expand the community garden on Elm Lake Road so more residents could have a garden to grow some of their own food.
"We can start by bringing in soil and mulch to build up the soil and expand it so families can have their own plot," Welch told the Lake Pleasant Town Board Monday, Aug. 19.
The existing garden, which supplies crops for the local food pantry and the senior center, would be expanded on both sides to create family plots. In the first phase envisioned by Welch, four plots averaging 12 by 16 feet would be on one side of the current 12- by 36-foot garden and the existing 12- by 26-foot greenhouse.
Plots of similar size could be added in the future to the other side if demand warrants.
"I would like to see Lake Pleasant come up to the standards of the community garden in Indian Lake," Welch said.
She noted that while some people have sufficient land for a garden, not all have land that receives a sufficient amount of sunlight.
Welch said she could find the funding for about $303 in materials that would be needed for posts and fencing to keep deer out and for piping to connect to the village water line. The cost to the town would be the labor to bring in soil and mulch and install the piping.
Neither the board nor Superintendent of Highways Leo Desrochers voiced any objections.
THE RIVER TRAIL
Supervisor Neil McGovern said plans to walk the snowmobile trail along the Sacandaga River in Speculator with state forest rangers and foresters have been put on hold because those personnel are currently out West fighting forest fires. The town wants to move the trail away from wet areas along the river's edge.
McGovern said, "The state Department of Environmental Conservation needs to hire more rangers and foresters to do the work it needs to do."
Cutbacks in funding and personnel at the DEC in recent years have resulted in numerous complaints from local governments that DEC can no longer do its job. The under-funded and understaffed DEC is why local governments have stepped in to help the state agency maintain the roads in the Moose River Plains in the northwestern part of the county.
-- Desrochers reported work by the Highway Department on the parking lot in front and to the side of Town Hall has been completed, making it ready for blacktopping, which will take place next month.
-- Paving on Golf Course Road was scheduled for Aug. 26, weather permitting.
Because of Labor Day, the Town Board will next meet Tuesday, Sept. 3, starting at 5 p.m. (not 7 p.m.) in Town Hall.