Legal issues trouble Westport board

WESTPORT Legal issues plagued the Westport town board at their meeting on Aug. 14.

Town on verge of being sued
The town has been served with notice from the Westport Golf Investors, LLC, that damage was caused by a towns leaking pipe at the Westport Country Club. Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell said the letter was a precursor to a lawsuit.

The issue was discussed in executive session; no action was taken.

APA steps in
Plans to supply Camp Dudley with town water hit a snag when the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) stepped in, claiming jurisdiction.

Connell said the easiest solution would be for the town to seek a variance from the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals. He said that in preparation for the the zoning board hearing, he researched the surplus water amounts the towns new system was dumping into Lake Champlain.

The spring has averaged about 6 million gallons of water overflow a week, with a high of 9.4 million recorded on June 7-14.

We have much more water than even the engineers anticipated, said Connell.

The issue will be discussed at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Monday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Assessor sought
The town is also currently seeking to appoint an assessor. Sole Assessor Robert Rowe has announced that he does not wish to be re-appointed.

I think this is the most important position in the whole town - it's the one that affects every single person. It's a huge job, said Connell.

The town will make an appointment for six years. One application has been received; others are being sought. The deadline for applications is Aug. 24, and the board will start the review process on Aug. 28.

Merriam Forge Road funding in works
Connell announced that the board was on the way to securing funding to repair the Merriam Forge Road in Wadhams. The road was damaged during the April snowstorm, and is currently limited to one-lane.

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