Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - The Indian Lake Town Board has set meeting dates for working on the 2014 town budget. All start at 7 p.m.
Due to the Columbus Day Holiday, the board will next meet Tuesday, Oct. 15, at which time it will hold its regular board meeting, take its first look at a 2014 budget summary and set salaries for 2014.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, the board will review the General, Landfill, Weed District, Water Districts 1 and 2, Sewer, Library, Ambulance District, Fire District, Debt Services and Cash Reserve funds and hold a public hearing for the Weed and Sewer district budgets.
Thursday, Oct. 24, it will review the Highway Department budget. Thursday, Oct. 31, the board will work on and fine-tune the budget.
Thursday, Nov. 7, the board will present the preliminary budget and hold a public hearing on it.
WATER FOR BLUE
The search for a groundwater municipal water supply for Blue Mt. Lake residents continues.
"The town is continuing to search for a suitable property in Blue Mt. Lake for the purpose of exploratory drilled wells and purchase if necessary," according to Supervisor Brian Wells.
Wells also said the town has received proposals from four engineering firms on how to proceed in the search for well sites and the proposals are continuing to be studied, but no decision has been reached.
The board approved the annual snowmobile trail lease with The Nature Conservancy. The trail is a connector between Benton Road and Adirondack Lake Road. The one-year lease starts Oct. 1 and totals $1,202. One half is due Oct. 1 and the other half April 1.
SKI HILL TOW
The board gave its approval for Mountain Wire Rope Services, Sunbury, Pa., to complete its contract and put the ski hill tow wire on Tower Hill back up.
The firm was paid to take the ski hill tow wire down and put it back up after work on the cell phone tower there was completed. This means skiing will return to Indian Lake this winter.
-- The board threw its unanimous support behind classifying a majority of the lands recently acquired by the State of New York for the Adirondack Forest Preserve as Wild Forest. The lands are in the towns of Indian Lake, Long Lake, Newcomb, Minerva and North Hudson.
-- One bid was received for a four-wheel drive motor grader, from Nortrax Inc., Gouverneur, for $80,200 less $14,000 trade-in on the old 1986 JD 670B grader, for a net delivered price of $66,200 for a 1998 John Deere 772CH motor grader. The bid was accepted.
-- The board has scaled back its plan to enact a no smoking law that will now be confined to town beaches and playgrounds. This law would conform to the state law Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed July 13, banning smoking at outdoor playgrounds from sunrise to sunset when any children under age 12 are present.
The Town Board will next meet Tuesday, Oct. 15, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.