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Be sure to stop by to see the new equipment and other improvements at the playground on Durant Road in Blue Mountain Lake. (Photo/Pete Klein)


Adirondack Challenge will close part of Chain Lakes Road July 20-22

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - Updated: 9:08 AM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE – As the Adirondack Challenge nears the Town of Indian Lake is putting the final touch on preparations, including security for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo and his team will compete in his Invitational Whitewater Race on the Indian River Sunday and against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others Monday afternoon. A portion of the Chain Lakes Road will be closed from Saturday through Monday to meet “special security measures.” The specific section to be closed will be determined by law enforcement.

Supervisor Brian Wells said Monday, July 8, “This will not be a total road closure” and would not prevent people from going to the transfer station or the town beach.


The town is still looking for a place to drill water wells to serve the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.

Wells reported an arrangement with Bing Faxon to purchase land for wells in The Woodlands development was unsuccessful due to needing three-quarters approval of the homeowners association there.

But, Wells said, “The town is pursuing another lead on purchasing some property in Blue Mt. Lake for the purpose of exploratory drilled wells.”

Wells said he has informed Susan Kennedy at the New York State Department of Health of the failed land deal and has asked for an extension to June 30, 2014 for when plans and specifications have to be submitted to DOH.

DOH has been pushing the town to replace the lake as the municipal water supply with drilled wells.


Wells reminded everyone the deadline for expressing an opinion on classification of the former Finch, Pruyn lands is July 19.

Written opinions should be sent to APA Deputy Director of Planning James Connolly, Adirondack Park Agency, POB 99, Ray Brook NY 12977. The fax number is 891-3938 and the email address is


Superintendent of Highways James Roblee reported the 27-year-old grader has broken down with transmission problems and the cost to fix it is estimated at $25,000.

Roblee suggested trading in the old grader for a good used grader for about $85,000 with the trade-in. Purchase and lease options would be researched before a decision is made.


Blue Mountain Lake Association President John Collins had praise for the Parks and Recreation Department. “The town's new playground [on Durant Road in Blue Mt. Lake] is great,” he told Superintendent Bruce Wells. “Thanks to your planning and foresight, and to the good work of your crew, the set-up went very smoothly.

“The Blue Mountain Lake Association and the whole community of Indian Lake are very appreciative of your work. The rehabilitated tennis court is also well appreciated. Thank you and your crew for the work.”


The board is supporting the 90-mile canoe race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake with a request to the NYS Department of Transportation to close State Route 28 in Blue Mt. Lake between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; and by allowing the town van to be used for the event.

The town board will next meet Monday, Aug. 12, starting at 7 p.m. in the Blue Mt. Lake Firehouse.


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