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Freeze/thaw cycles causing winter woes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Updated: 8:29 AM


Express News Staff

INLET -- The long, cold winter is causing problems here.

When the Inlet Town Board met Tuesday, March 11, just hours before the largest snowstorm of the season was scheduled to hit, the first item on the agenda was Supervisor John Frey announcing one of the main lines to the sewer treatment plant had frozen and he is working with engineers to solve the problem.

Frey said, "Anyone affected will not be billed and the system is still under warranty." He did not know how quickly the problem would be solved.

On a different sewer plant issue, Frey said he is working with plant engineers from Bernier, Carr and Assoc., Watertown, and the Town of Webb on a possible shared service agreement to properly treat and dispose of sludge from the Inlet plant at a Webb facility.

Coarse primary solids and secondary biosolids accumulated in the wastewater treatment process must be treated and disposed of in a safe manner. Many sludges are treated using a variety of digestion techniques, the purpose of which is to reduce the amount of organic matter and the number of disease-causing microorganisms present in the solids.

The most common treatment options include anaerobic digestion, aerobic digestion, and composting.


Another cold weather problem was reported by Superintendent of Highways Shawn Hansen, who said the deep freeze seems to be pushing underground water up to the surface over a section of 7th Lake Road, where it quickly freezes and "creates an ice skating rink."

Until the spring thaw arrives, the only solution is sanding and warning the public.

Hansen also reported the door at the transfer station damaged by a pickup truck has been replaced.


Nick Rose of CAP-21 suggested Inlet adopt a Complete Streets Plan as has already been done by the Town of Webb, and then apply with Webb for a grant from the NYS Department of Transportation to complete the pedestrian and bike paths that are part of the Townsend and TOBIE (Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Inlet and Eagle Bay) trails.

The Complete Streets Program is legislation passed to help reduce the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed or injured by vehicles.

New York ranked number one in the nation in 2012 in traffic fatalities of pedestrians and bicyclists, with 27 percent of people who died on New York's roads being walkers or bicyclists.


Supervisor Frey's brother, Charles Frey, was at the meeting to formally announce he is in the process of purchasing The Woods Inn.

"I expect to close on it in late May or early June," he said.

He also said, "I am not a chef," and he plans on keeping all the current staff.


-- Bids will be solicited for stabilization and electrical upgrades to Cottage 3 in Arrowhead Park.

-- A Grassland Toro mower will be purchased under state contract for $8,943.90

-- Supervisor Frey urges all local contractors who might want to bid on town and county projects funded by state money to become certified under Minority, Women, Business Enterprises (MWBE), because those that are go to the top of the list when contracts are awarded. For more information search for

The Inlet Town Board will next meet Tuesday, April 8, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.


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