Budget review, safety concerns addressed by board

INDIAN LAKE The Indian Lake Town Board held their regular public meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

In opening business the board moved to begin public hearings for the annual budget review workshop, beginning Oct. 9. A tentative proposed budget will be available for public review at the October board meeting, with the budget workshop occurring on scheduled dates during the remainder of the month. The board will announce review dates once confirmation is finalized.

A letter was read from the New York State DOT Regional Director, regarding safety concerns at the river rafting take-out site on Route 28N, between North River and Indian Lake. The letter, addressed to the Hudson River Rafting Association, acknowledged the beginning of a formal review process. Supervisor Hutchins welcomed the letter, and pledged the towns support in coordinating between the various parties involved.

Hutchins provided current progress on the Verizon cell tower installation. He noted the Blue Mountain Lake project was currently in process, with Verizon working to schedule the installation, pending approval of the necessary permits. Further progress was reported for the Indian Lake site, with initial approvals underway for an access road on privately held lands, adjacent to the proposed tower site.

Discussions were held on the reappointment of Meade Hutchins as Town Building Inspector and Tax Assessor. After initial comments, board member George Virgil moved to table the discussion pending the re-examination of the conflict of interest related to the two roles being filled by one individual. He also noted a previous study on the topic and board findings related to the budgetary impact of dividing the position. Public concern was expressed regarding the issue, in particular the long-term impact of the boards decision, related to the potential reappointment term commitment of six years. The board has a deadline of September 30, to make a final determination on the topic.

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