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Wells addresses Blue Mt. Lakers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Updated: 2:01 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

BLUE MT. LAKE -- Town of Indian Lake Supervisor Brian Wells was the first speaker of many to address members of the Blue Mountain Lake Association during their annual meeting at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here Thursday, Aug. 21.

Speaking about the quality of the tap water taken from the lake, Wells said, "The water is as good as it has ever been and is not in violation of any [state] Department of Health water quality standards."

Even though water quality is good, Wells said, "The DOH wants us to stop taking water out of the lake and find a groundwater source."

Wells said he is negotiating with two property owners for permission to do exploratory drilling on their land.

When asked why the town does not provide any dumpsters in the hamlet for vacationers to toss garbage in, Wells offered two reasons: Indian Lake and the county have a recycling program and people throw everything and anything into them, defeating efforts to recycle and creating a mess no one wants to sort; plus dumpsters become feeding grounds for bears.

ROADS

Bob Curry spoke about Front Street (Rt. 28) and Durant Road.

He said the middle of the road traffic signs and crosswalks on Rt. 28 have helped slow traffic through the downtown area. He also mentioned an effort will be made to have the NYS Department of Transportation add a crosswalk near the Catholic church, where Durant Road meets Rt. 28.

Curry said residents along Durant Road are now in favor of having it resurfaced, but continue to hope for better speed control. Residents would also like to see a sidewalk installed from the playground to Rt. 28 as part of the paving project.

There is also an effort afoot to restore and reactivate the old phone booth across from the post office. Curry said Frontier Communications is interested in this and has even suggested it would like to be part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

OTHER ITEMS

-- The Blue Mt. Lake Water Watch group reports the lake continues to be one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the Adirondacks and remains free of invasive plants.

The group plans to monitor and check for Eurasian watermilfoil on canoes and kayaks taking part in the 90-Miler paddle race coming into Blue Mt. Lake Friday, Sept. 5.

-- Curry reported the Blue Mt. Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps continue to work to provide emergency services to the hamlet, and the ambulance corps recently added five new EMTs to its crew.

-- Executive Director Alexandria Harris reported ALCA is now administering the cultural arts decentralization grants for four counties -- Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton -- not just for Hamilton County as in the past.

The Blue Mountain Lake Association is currently composed of 120 dues-paying members. Vice President Paul Paddock chaired the meeting, substituting for President John Collins, who was recovering from injuries sustained in a boating accident the previous weekend.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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