Express News Staff
RAQUETTE LAKE - When the Town Board met in the gym here at the school in Raquette Lake Wednesday, Oct. 30, it passed two resolutions that will bring the budget process to a close.
One schedules a public hearing on the 2014 Budget for Wednesday, Nov. 13, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The other schedules a public hearing on a proposed local law entitled, "Override of the Tax Levy Limit," at the same time, date and location.
The override is likely to be needed because, in relation to the tax levy cap of 1.66 percent, the budget is currently over the cap by about $34,082.
The board is in agreement that to chop further would result in the loss of essential services town residents expect and depend upon.
Councilman Lew Plumley said, "I hope some people show up."
LIFE FLIGHT CONTRACT
The board authorized Supervisor Clark Seaman to enter into a contract between the town and North Country LIFE FLIGHT Inc. for the purpose of operating the medical component of the medivac program, and paying LIFE FLIGHT $2,000 for this service in 2014.
The board authorized the highway department to purchase a new Peterbilt tractor from Tracey Road Equipment, East Syracuse, which has the low bid of $120,560.
This tractor is replacing a 1997 Peterbilt that has some 600,000 miles on it and whose frame recently broke. While waiting for the new tractor to be delivered early next year, the town has a tractor on loan from the county.
The board also authorized the purchase of a stainless steel sander (for the pickup with plow) from Arrowhead Equipment, Queensbury, which has the low bid of $4,442.
The board approved advertising for bids for heating oil.
Seaman reported the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has strongly advised the town it is illegal and finable to burn brush at the Long Lake Transfer Station, and therefore brush will no longer be accepted at the transfer station.
Seaman said, "If you have brush to burn, contact the DEC for a permit to burn on your property."
There will be a special town board meeting with two public hearings Wednesday, Nov. 13, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.