Two primary races coming in Long Lake

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

LONG LAKE - There will be primary elections Sept. 10 for councilperson and town clerk / tax collector in the Town of Long Lake.

John W. Adams is running against incumbent councilmen Lew A. Plumley and Dean H. Pohl for a four-year term on the town council; they are all Republicans.

Colleen E. Smith is again challenging Town Clerk / Tax Collector Dixie Lee LeBlanc for her four-year office. Both are Republicans. Neither returned a questionnaire.

The winners in the Primary Election will have the Republican line in the General Election.

COUNCILMEN

ADAMS, 49, owns Adams Plumbing & Heating.

He volunteered with Long Lake Rescue Squad 1998-99. He says he attended seven or eight town board meetings during the past year and is "very familiar" with its policies.

Adams says he wants to be a councilman because, "I've been asked by a fair number of residents to run" and "I have good skills at operating a business. I can share my skills with the other councilmen and do what is best for Long Lake and Raquette Lake."

As qualifications he cites "knowledge of operating a business for 32 years, honest and trustworthy."

If elected, Adams says, "I would like to see the Highway and Water departments merged into a Department of Public Works. I believe this would alleviate the lack of work force in both departments as well as combine the budget for both.

"I'd like to see the town council start planning and budgeting for future projects; for example, replacing the aged water mains."

Adams says the winter economy and the municipal water system are the top two issues in Long Lake. "The winter economy is a major issue. I think we all need to get together and come up with ideas on how to better improve the winter economy.

"Also, for the past several years, the municipal water has been an issue. I think better planning and future planning should be implemented."

Adams is married to wife Ramona, a stay-at-home mom. Altogether they have four children.

PLUMLEY, 78, has been a councilman since Jan. 1, 1989. He is a retired New York State Police trooper who is currently self-employed.

Plumley is involved with retired policemen's organizations and has been a member of Long Lake Lions Club for the past 26 years.

He attended all meetings of the town board during the past year.

Accomplishments in office, together with the other town board members, include the new medical center, upgrading the water system, establishing an on-land skating rink, complete renovation of the kitchen in the town hall and establishing Long Lake Library.

If re-elected, he says he would continue "working towards upgrading the infrastructure, taking a common sense approach to the cost of doing town business and being an advocate for the residents of Long Lake."

Plumley has been married since 1957 to wife Jeanne, a retired registered nurse. She is currently the town historian. They have four adult children.

POHL, 70, of Raquette Lake, is a high school graduate with four years of college. He is self-employed with Raquette Lake Navigation Co. and has been a councilman for eight years.

He has served as a member of the Raquette Lake Union Free School Board of Education and as a fire commissioner for Raquette Lake Fire District.

Pohl has over four decades of self-employment beginning with a contracting business and later expanding to a dinner boat business.

He wants "to continue working to promote the concept of a partnership between local businesses and the town, to better promote business and tourism."

"The characteristics of entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving, independent thinking and thinking outside the box have served me well," he says.

Regarding local issues, Pohl says, "The Adirondack Park Agency needs to be addressed in a straightforward manner by local governments and individuals to rein them in and bring them under control.

"The APA should stick to the original APA law and not govern by conditions and rule changes. I feel we have more than enough regulatory control by the APA and state departments of environmental conservation and health. We do not need any expansion in any of those areas."

Pohl has been married to his wife, Donna, since 1971. She is self-employed. They have four adult children.