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Inlet, Webb seek safer streets

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Updated: 10:39 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INLET -- Inlet and Webb want safer and friendly streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.

To that end the Inlet Town Board in April endorsed New York state's Complete Streets Program administered by the NYS Department of Transportation, as did the Town of Webb.

Then, when the Inlet Town Board met Tuesday, May 13, it authorized applying for a grant to fund the program and the concepts behind it.

DOT has signed on to the Transportation Alternatives Program established by the Federal Transit Administration. TAP provides grants of up to 80 percent, with local matching funds of 20 percent, to support communities in expanding transportation choices.

This could include investments in such areas as bicycle and pedestrian trails, streetscape improvements and scenic enhancements.

Inlet and Webb are applying jointly for a TAP grant. The two towns are collaborating on obtaining funding toward completing sidewalk work and the TOBIE and Townsend trails.

The grant application is being drafted and submitted by Nick Rose of CAP-21. Supervisor John Frey thanked Rose for his work on this grant and Webb for being the lead agent on this project.

CAP-21 is also working on a Main Street grant for Webb / Thendara / Eagle Bay and Indian Lake.

In a somewhat related matter, the board passed a resolution requesting DOT do a speed study on the paved portion of Uncas Road.

CLEAN WATERS

Frey gave a report on the water meter installed in Cottage 1 to monitor water flow to the bathrooms. The meters will be used to determine the amount of water flow to the plant and to decide if the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) count in Arrowhead Park should be raised due to volume during the summer months.

The current EDUs seem too low and the board would like accurate figures.

Frey said Spencer Electric, Constableville, would like to complete the Odor Abatement Unit installation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The legal issues with Hubbard Construction, Candor, have delayed payment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the installation.

The board decided to pay Spencer Electric up to $32,000 to install the unit and to hold back $22,000 from funds earmarked for Hubbard Construction. The remainder will come as a capital fund loan.

WEBSITE DESIGN

Inlet Information Office would like to redesign the town website because it has been eight years since it was set up. David Scranton of Adirondack IMAGES Photography & Websites will do the work, along with Tourism Director Adele Burnett and her staff.

The board authorized beginning the process and giving Scranton a downpayment of $500 to start the work, with the balance to be determined upon his assessment of the job.

HIGHWAY

Superintendent of Highways Shawn Hansen reported conditions caused Uncas Road to be closed longer than normal. He said the crew is raking it and he hoped to grade soon.

Work has started in the Moose River Plains.

A large washout near Mitchell Mountain trail is being fixed in hopes of having the road open soon.

The department will soon start replacing sidewalks along Route 28 from the boat launch to the bridge.

TRANSFER STATION

The transfer station has gone back to being open seven days a week, closed for an hour at lunch. Only local construction and demolition debris can now be accepted.

Tires can be accepted but must be off the rims.

The board voted to allow the Jerry Levi family the use of dumpsters for cleanup from the May 12 fire that destroyed their garage, which had in it five snowmobiles and one boat. Frey commended Inlet Hose Company and surrounding towns for battling the fire, saying their quick response and manpower kept it from taking the Levi home.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- The town has received a grant from the Community Foundation, Utica, in honor of Alexandra Kogut, deceased daughter of Becky and Mark Kogut. The grant, funded by the Kogut Family, will pay for a lifeguard bench and plague in her memory to be placed on the Arrowhead Beach.

Kogut worked as a lifeguard at the beach and loved her job. Town employees will make the bench.

-- The board decided to allow the spouse of a deceased employee to continue health insurance coverage at his or her cost. The surviving spouse must make monthly payments.

-- Scranton was appointed to the Board of Assessment Review to fill the seat vacated by Brandon DiMartino to Sept. 30, 2015, as an alternate.

Note: This article is based on minutes of the Inlet Town Board meeting of May 13, 2014 as provided by Town Clerk Patty Wittmeyer.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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