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Long Lake is okay with grants

Monday, June 02, 2014 - Updated: 10:36 PM


Express News Staff

RAQUETTE LAKE -- The Long Lake Town Board has drafted a resolution supporting Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grants.

That is not a surprise, since the Town of Long Lake plans on applying for one of them.

The grants, funded by The Nature Conservancy, will support community development projects by municipalities connected with former Finch, Pruyn & Co. lands acquired by TNC that are being added to the publicly owned Adirondack Forest Preserve or are protected by conservation easement within the municipality.

The Natural Heritage Trust is soliciting applications, in conjunction with the DEC, for grants totaling about $500,000. Communities are invited to submit proposals by July 18 for projects that will enhance public access and the experience of visitors to the new state lands.

Environmental Protection Fund grants will also be available, to advance smart growth principles of economic development and environmental protection.


-- After some discussion that included concerns that The Little Bus is getting old and needs more and more repairs, the board authorized three requests to use it. In a related matter, the board received an initial draft of a Bus Use Policy when it met Wednesday, May 28.

-- The board will allow the town highway department do some construction work for the state Department of Environmental Conservation at campgrounds and parking areas, with the stipulation that the DEC pay for all materials.

This is similar to an agreement between the towns of Indian Lake and Inlet, which help the DEC maintain roads in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest.

-- The board approved spending up to $4,314 to repair the tennis courts at Mt. Sabattis Park and up to $6,800 to repair the machine used to thaw frozen water lines.

-- The board authorized Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century to submit an application on Long Lake's behalf for a Local Waterfront Revitalization grant.

The Long Lake Town Board will next meet Wednesday, June 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake school gym.


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