Town Board assures residents of cell phone tower progress

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE The August meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board was held at the volunteer firehouse in Blue Mountain Lake.

The pending Verizon cell phone tower project in Blue Mountain Lake topped the agenda with residents and town board officials.

Everything we need to do is done, explained Indian Lake Supervisor Barry Hutchins, in response to public concerns raised over the lack of apparent progress with the project. He further assured the group that Verizon controlled the tower construction timeline and work will be started soon.

Responding to questions regarding the site selection process, he noted that the small parcel of land to the rear of the Blue Mountain Lake firehouse was a logical selection due to the propertys current utilization as a public services area.

A second Verizon tower in the town of Indian Lake is currently in the planning phase. Hutchins and the town are working with adjacent landowners to gain access to the proposed site with the crane equipment necessary to erect the tower behind the existing town water storage tanks.

The quality of public drinking water in Blue Mountain Lake was also a topic of discussion. A handful of residents requested clarification on a state Department of Health boil water notice that was distributed in early July.

Hutchins explained that the water supply was safe to drink and the cause of contamination was still under investigation but would probably remain unknown. He noted that the town had been stepping-up its water quality monitoring in response to the violation and the lakes turbidity levels were of a concern recently. Hutchins confirmed that a system of filters was being employed to mitigate the issue and were being changed daily.

Discussions were held on the recent Lake Adirondack and Lake Abanakee dam inspection performed by the engineering firm of Clough Harbour Associates. Hutchins informed attendees that they were currently waiting for a copy of the engineering report that in turn would be utilized in applying for dam rehabilitation grant money.

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