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Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Updated: 8:41 AM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The Indian Lake Town board heard two cries for help when it met Monday, May 12.

The first came from Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps Secretary Ruby Boya, who may have surprised many when she said the corps has a critical need for ambulance drivers.

Last year the need was for more EMTs, but that problem was greatly improved when six people from Indian Lake and Blue Mt. Lake recently completed and passed the EMT course and three others were re-certified.

But, as Boya explained, having more EMTs means little if there is no one to drive the ambulance.

Boya asked the board to see if any of its employees might be willing to serve as drivers and to get the word out to residents who might be willing to take the six-hour course to learn how to drive an ambulance.

Boya said, "We are looking into the legality of possibly offering a stipend for drivers. The last thing we want to do is be forced into hiring drivers."

Supervisor Brian Wells took the opportunity to list the names of all who recently became EMTs and those who were re-certified as a way of thanking them for their volunteer services.

New EMTs include Eric Chisman, Elizabeth Gundel, Fred Eichler, Sara Lewin, Tim Leach and Kathleen Radler. Those re-certified are Kevin Elkin, Jamie Strader and Tom Warrington.


The second call for help came from the non-profit Helping Hands Caregivers when Richard Leonard, who sits on the HHC Board of Directors, asked the board for a donation because, "This year, one of our previous donation sources is not available. This is a $10,000 loss of revenue that we have come to rely on to provide care."

HHC provides clients with services that allow them to live relatively independently rather than having to move into a nursing home.

Leonard said HHC provided about 1,800 hours of care to residents of Hamilton County during the past year.

Leonard said the call for help is going out to all the towns in Hamilton County.

The board agreed HHC provides services essential to residents and decided the town will donate $1,000 to it. It also suggested to Leonard that if the need for support continues into 2015, he should return when the board is drafting its 2015 budget.

Support for the resolution was unanimous, but Councilwoman Sally Stanton abstained because she is on the HHC board.


Nicholas Rose, executive director of the Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century (CAP-21), told the board anyone interested in applying for a 50 percent grant from the New York Main Street grant program needs to get their applications to him before the end of the month.

Funds for the program come from the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation. The 50 percent grant may be used to improve a business facade, entryway, windows, roof, lighting, signs and other visual improvements.

Rose said the focus is on businesses within one-third of a mile in all directions from the intersection of state routes 28 and 30.

For more information call Rose at (315) 369-3353.


Superintendent of Highways James Roblee asked the board to move on his request to purchase a new tandem truck with plow to replace a truck with 22 years of service.

Two bids were received, one for a Mack truck at $172,500 and one for a Western Star at $171,389. Roblee recommended the Western Star from Tracy Road Equipment, East Syracuse.

The board approved the purchase at 3.24 percent interest over five years.


Councilman Jack Valentine reported on Vincent's Heating and Fuel Service, Poland, which is currently drafting a Consolidated Funding Application for 50 percent funding for municipalities to install wood pellet boilers.

Valentine said Vincent's Heating is developing a proposal for Indian Lake on the feasibility of a pellet boiler system for the town's buildings, including the library, senior meal site, ambulance building, health center and possibly the American Legion building.

The board agreed to hold a special meeting Wednesday, May 28, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss the proposal with Vincent's.

The next regular town board meeting will be Wednesday, June 9, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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