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IL solar project is creeping forward

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Updated: 10:20 AM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The Town of Indian Lake could save up to $200,000 over 30 years by installing solar panels to generate electricity.

That's what Councilman Jack Valentine told the town board Monday, July 14, when he provided the board members with spreadsheets showing the installation costs and savings expected if the project does go ahead.

In December the town board heard presentations from two firms on the feasibility of installing solar panels on town property on Chain Lakes Road.

In January the board authorized Larsen Engineering, Rochester, to apply for a $5,000 grant from the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority for a study. Larsen would be paid $2,000 from the grant money to do the study.

The spreadsheets are at Town Hall for the public to review. Board members will discuss the possible project when they next meet in August.


Veterinarian John Ober suggested he would be interested in providing a mobile veterinarian service if the town were to change its land use code to allow it. Ober has a clinic in Candor.

Councilwoman Sally Stanton, who has complained in the past about the code preventing veterinarians from operating in Indian Lake, said, "This is good news."

Members of the board agreed a vet is needed, but did not promise when the code might be updated.


Kristina Eldridge, who has been dispatching for the town as part of her job at the chamber of commerce, has resigned. Eldridge is leaving the chamber for a new job.

Ruby Boya, secretary for the ambulance corps, reported dispatching is going well despite Eldridge's departure, but the corps still needs more volunteers to drive the ambulances.

"We're pushing our people to the edge," said Eldridge.

Supervisor Brian Wells said he would get the word out to all town employees that they are allowed to respond to calls during working hours without losing any pay for time spent driving the ambulance.


-- The board authorized advertising for bids on the two-year contract for the collection of garbage and recyclables.

-- A request from Bill Herrick to lease town property off Chain Lakes Road to operate a sugar bush is being reviewed by the board and its attorney.

-- The board approved the twice a week use of the Ski Hut for yoga classes. Times and dates will be announced.

The Town Board will next meet Monday, Aug. 11, starting at 7 p.m. at the Blue Mt. Lake Fire Hall.


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