Express News Staff
INLET -- The Inlet Town Board has set the stage to enact an updated town master plan and expand the sewer district.
The master plan is intended to present the collective vision of the community as a tool for building upon current assets. "This plan will guide us into the future as we seek to preserve our environment while improving the quality of life, economy and image of Inlet," the latest version says.
Planning Board Chairman Garret Hoffman reported Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Town of Inlet Comprehensive Master Plan is complete and thanked everyone who worked on it, especially Bruce O'Hara for his proofreading and Adele Burnett for her rewriting.
The board agreed to hold a public hearing on the master plan starting at 6:45 p.m. during a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18. The hearing will be left open until the regular board meeting Jan. 10.
The first Town of Inlet Comprehensive Master Plan was adopted Aug. 19, 2003. It was last updated in December 2009.
Hoffman asked what the town board would like the planning board to work on next, and an Adirondack Park Agency-approved land use plan was suggested. With an APA-approved plan the Inlet Planning Board could review and issue permits for Class B regional projects. More major projects, called Class A regional projects, would still be reviewed at the APA.
During the Dec. 18 meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., the town board will discuss the Highway Department's request for a new front-end loader.
Superintendent of Highways Shawn Hansen explained the current loader is 15 years old and has stopped working. The department is getting by with a loader on loan from the Hamilton County Highway Department.
Hansen has contacted several manufacturers for prices and will have them when the board meets Dec. 18.
-- Supervisor John Frey suggested the town board consider creating a District 2 for the wastewater treatment plant. He said the town could use CAP-21 to seek funding and begin the process of extending the district. The logical area would be South Shore and Gilbert roads.
-- The board approved a two-year contract with Hamilton County regarding the Town of Inlet operating the county transfer station here. The renewal starts Jan. 1, 2014 and pays the town $40,000 each year. The Inlet facility is where recyclable cans and plastic containers from the county's northern towns are crushed and bundled before being shipped to a recycler.
The next regular meeting of the Inlet Town Board will be Wednesday, Jan. 10, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Inlet Town Hall.
Note: This article is primarily based on minutes of the Inlet Town Board meeting of Dec. 10, 2013 as provided by Town Clerk Patty Wittmeyer.