Indian Lake town board meeting roundup

INDIAN LAKE The Oct. 9 meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board opened with the public recognition of former Town Planning and Zoning Board Secretary, Marion Duhain. The Board officially recognized Ms. Duhains tireless commitment to the community during her tenure by issuing a resolution in her honor. Supervisor Hutchins presented the resolution during a brief ceremony and publicly noted her dedication and contribution to the Town of Indian Lake. If its any consolation, I miss the job terribly, said Duhain. Along with the job, I miss the people. During the August Board Meeting, the board moved to accept the Duhains resignation after 20 years of service. In continuing business, the board fielded public inquiries regarding the status of Verizon cel phone towers in the town of Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Supervisor Hutchins noted that Verizon officials were recently on-site at the proposed Indian Lake tower site to evaluate alternative access points in light of continued delays with adjacent private landowners. As noted in a prior meeting, the Blue Mountain Lake site has passed Verizons environmental evaluation phase and is currently waiting for the construction phase to begin. Councilman George Virgil provided an update on the bus garage project. Virgil stated the project is entering final stages of completion with bids under review for building insulation, pending a satisfactory electrical inspection. Virgil further noted the overwhelming public support for the project, including the significant contribution of donated labor from local contractors and residents. The garage is currently housing buses and Virgil expressed his belief that the projects final cost would be below the approved budget amount of $150,000. In other business, the board moved to accept an updated 2008 agreement to provide $2,000 in matching marketing funds as provided through Hamilton County and the I Love New York cooperative advertising program. A letter of thanks was read from the Blue Mountain Lake Museum in appreciation to the town for its recently loaning a commuter van to the museum. Pending further review, a request to add a local subdivision to the municipal septic system was deferred to the next meeting. A letter of support was read from Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC in response to the appointment of Irene Hutchins as incoming Town Zoning and Planning Board Secretary. In response to the recent deadline extension announced by DEC, Hutchins noted his interest in pursuing a possible grant through the Adirondack Park Smart Growth Grant Program. Based on his attendance at a recent DEC public meeting, Hutchins expressed his desire to pursue grant funding in support of local municipal sewer projects, including the expansion of the current district and the protection of local watersheds. In response, Councilman Rathbun noted that a parallel effort should be directed toward further development of the towns municipal water projects with the possibility of the two projects being proposed together. The board briefly discussed the continuing work occurring between the engineering firm of Clough Harbour Associates, the Town of Indian Lake, and the State Department of Health with the intent of bringing additional municipal water wells online. Hutchins expressed confidence that the Department of Health was willing to work with the town in seeking a well classification category that highlighted the quality of the water within the wells, and their imperviousness to surface water and runoff contamination. In final business, the Board resolved to begin budgetary work on Oct. 10. The next meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board will be Nov. 12 in Indian Lake.

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