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Long Lake gains access to tower

Friday, August 29, 2014 - Updated: 8:21 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LONG LAKE -- The Town of Long Lake now has deeded access to its communication tower on Mt. Sabattis.

Long Lake Supervisor Clark Seaman announced at the Long Lake Town Board meeting of Aug. 27 a settlement agreement has been reached with John Adams that will provide the town with deeded access across Adams’ property to its communication tower on Mt. Sabattis and on property owned by Tim and Beate Touchette.

The settlement agreement has the town paying Adams $7,000 for a 15- by 135-foot easement to cross his land by the town.

Seaman and Attorney to the Town Carl T. Ferrentino had been authorized by the board on July 30 to seek a court-ordered settlement if an agreement was not reached with Adams.

TOWN STAYS WITH RIDER

The Doc and Janet Hosley Medical Building will not become part of Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN).

Seaman reported a special meeting Aug. 14 resulted in the Town Board declining to enter into an agreement with HHHN that would have resulted in the health center becoming part of the network.

Seaman explained many residents expressed their concerns and said, “There was never any intent of getting rid of Dr. Rider as some were worried.”

HIGHWAY GARAGE CAPITAL PROJECT

It was in July that Seaman told the town board the floor at the back of the town garage, where the lavatory is located, had dropped over four inches, severing the water line and a port-a-potty had been placed behind the garage.

The garage, which Seaman believes was built in the 1930s, has been known to be in poor condition for more than 10 years.

Because of the need to replace the crumbling building, the board authorized appropriations totaling $819,000: $780,000 for the construction of the new highway garage, including site prep and miscellaneous, plus $39,000 for engineering and professional service fees.

To cover the cost without bonding, money will be transferred from the General Fund non-appropriated Fund Balance of $553,727 to the "transfer to capital project" expenditure account (representing the proceeds from Lake Eaton property sale, less the legal, advertising and prep costs for the two sales); $4,000 an account earmarked for future heating system of the future garage; $110,735.36 from the General Fund non-appropriated Fund Balance; $5,000 from the highway garage reserve fund; and an additional $36,569.64 from the General Fund non-appropriated Fund Balance.

Total transfer from the General Fund is $710,032 to the Highway Garage Construction Capital Project.

Over the years, the town has been saving in anticipation of needing a new highway garage. Amount saved to date in the Highway Garage Construction fund is $109,000, which added to the above transfers equals the total of $819,000 needed to build the new garage.

OVERRIDE CAP ON LEVY

Last year the Town Board passed a resolution to override the 1.66 percent cap on the 2014 tax levy, which when approved did exceed the tax levy cap in the 2014 budget by $66,198.

Facing a 1.56 percent cap on the levy for the 2015 budget, the board passed a resolution to exceed the cap if necessary.

Seaman said he hopes it won’t be necessary to override the cap but the steady drain on fund balances and fixed expenses rising faster than the tax cap might make it necessary to again override the cap if all services are to be provided.

EQUIPMENT AUCTION 

The board accepted a long list of excess town equipment put out for bid on Auctions International.

The total of bids received and accepted was just over $42,000.

CLEANING CONTRACTS

The board by resolution approved renewing the cleaning contracts for various buildings and facilities, including but not limited to the Medical Building, town bathrooms, etc., with the current cleaners (Ali Hamdan and William Sandiford) at the original bid price for another year

HELPING HANDS CAREGIVERS

Richard Leonard, who sits on the HHC Board of Directors, asked the board for a donation because, "This year, one of our previous donation sources is not available. This is a $10,000 loss of revenue that we have come to rely on to provide care."

HHC provides clients in Hamilton County with services that allow them to live relatively independently rather than having to move into a nursing home.

Leonard said HHC provided about 1,800 hours of care to residents of Hamilton County during the past year.

Leonard said the call for help is going out to all the towns in Hamilton County.

The board agreed to consider the request when it begins work on its 2015 budget in October.

The Long Lake Town Board will next meet Wednesday, Sept. 24, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Raquette Lake School gym.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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