Special to the Express
LONG LAKE - The first hurdle has been cleared in the Town of Long Lake's quest for a biomass heating system for the town hall.
Long Lake's application for grant money from the new Cleaner, Greener Communities Program passed the first round of review with high scores, Supervisor Clark Seaman told the Long Lake Town Board Aug. 28.
The Cleaner, Greener Communities Program has $100 million to award in Phase II Implementation Grants. The Northern Forest Center, based in Concord, N.H., prepared and submitted the application to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on behalf of the town.
Long Lake is seeking about $70,000 for a boiler, according to Seaman.
The Cleaner, Greener Communities Program was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address. In Phase I a consortium of North Country counties, towns and organizations received $1 million from NYSERDA in June of 2012 to create a smart growth plan and identify projects.
The consortium represents each of the seven North Country counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis. Essex County is the municipal sponsor for the North Country's Cleaner Greener Communities initiative.
In Phase II money is being awarded on a competitive basis to implement parts of the plan.
A request for basement mold abatement from the CVW Long Lake Public Library was tabled. Councilman Craig Seaman wants to investigate the potential necessity for water remediation before dealing with mold.
A member of the public claimed the board was opening itself up to litigation by not dealing with the mold problem immediately. After debate, the request was tabled until Sept. 11, when the board will meet at 7:30 p.m.
-- The newly hired bookkeeper's status has been upgraded from conditional to provisional, after passing the background check and physical.
-- An equestrian group has approached the town about a staging area. Seaman suggesting utilizing 45 acres of town-owned land and charging a nightly fee.
-- The town will loan The Little Bus to The Adirondack Museum as a shuttle for its Rustic Furniture Fair Sept. 14-15. Long Lake has traditionally provided the bus free of any fuel or manpower charge, and despite the museum's offer to compensate the town the board decided to extend this good neighbor gesture for another year.
-- The new water system was reported to be very good.
Editor's Note: Max Weinstein is a freelance reporter for the Express as well as several other newspapers in his home state of New Jersey. He spends his summers in Indian Lake, hiking, boating, and relishing being off the grid. Email him with comments at email@example.com.