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Lake Pleasant is buying locally

Friday, June 06, 2014 - Updated: 11:31 PM


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- The Lake Pleasant Town Board didn't need any excuses to purchase a new riding lawnmower from a local business.

The board had two bids to choose from when it met Monday, June 2. One came from Hudson River Tractor, Fultonville, $4,837 for a John Deere; and the other from Village Rentals, Speculator, $2,998 for a Husqvarna.

With a price difference of almost $2,000, the board accepted the bid from Village Rentals.

An added surprise is Hudson River Tractor has the state bid contract for riding mowers, but the cost for an equivalent model from Husqvarna is much lower. The board was left wondering if the $2,000 difference is for the John Deere name.


At its last meeting, the board authorized a $500 donation to Helping Hands Caregivers, Indian Lake, after receiving a letter saying it had lost $10,000 in revenues because a previous donor "is not available."

At this meeting, Richard Leonard, who sits on the HHC Board of Directors, explained why HHC made the request and provided information on what it does for county residents.

Leonard provided a complete breakdown of HHC's budget, expenses and revenues, which validates his statement that, "No one is getting rich at HHC." There is a shortfall of $10,000 in its $286,871 budget.

HHC provides non-nursing, in-home services to county residents. Numbers fluctuate, Leonard said, running between 33 and 45, depending upon the time of year.

Helping Hands Caregivers works closely with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service, which provides the actual nursing services needed.

"We help keep our residents out of nursing homes," Leonard said.


There was some discussion on coming up with a policy to address rules on accepting refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners for recycling.

These items fall into the general category of scrap metal. But the Freon in them, which can contribute to ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere if released, must be removed before the metal in the units is safe to recycle.

For the time being the board agreed to accept without charge items containing Freon from town and village residents. Anyone wanting to drop such an item off must first see either the town clerk or the highway superintendent about where it should be put on town property.

The Lake Pleasant Town Board will next meet Monday, June 16, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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