Budget review, safety concerns addressed by board

Highway Superintendent Tim Spring, detailing the financial status of the department in light of recent equipment failures and anticipated expenses through the remainder of the year, provided a formal report. The board heard Spring's presentation, and received vehicle repair estimates. Discussion was held on using funds recently received through FEMA to cover the anticipated budget shortfall. The discussion was tabled pending further investigation of the FEMA funding, and any spending restrictions associated with it.

In other business the board voted unanimously to accept the application of local resident Irene Hutchins as the new Zoning Board and Planning Board Secretary. With the recent resignation of the previous long-term secretary, Hutchins had been serving as temporary secretary since January.

A resolution was passed approving an increased expenditure for a water storage tank in Blue Mountain Lake. While the change-order was previously authorized, the board was required to pass a formal resolution on the topic.

A letter of support was read from the Lake Abanakee Civic Association concerning the towns efforts toward developing a hydroelectric dam on Lake Abanakee. The resolution was passed at the associations annual meeting. Supervisor Hutchins also noted that an initiative to fund a feasibility study was looking promising, and they had recently met with members of NYSERDA. Were moving forward, noted Hutchins. Well be able to report to the Federal Energy Commission on the status of our study this month and start the formal feasibility study application process.

A letter of thanks was read from Caroline Welsh, director of the Adirondack Museum. In the letter, Welsh expressed appreciation to the town for their inclusion in the recent Indian Lake parade, as part of the towns sesquicentennial celebration events. The museum pledged to dedicate a new display to the town, detailing the history of Indian Lake.

A contract proposal was reviewed for the insulation of a town waterline crossing the Cedar River. The line had frozen during the previous winter due to failing insulation, and was in need of repair before the winter season.

The Indian Lake and Abanakee Lake Dam inspection reports were received from Clough Harbour Associates, and are currently under review by Supervisor Hutchins office.

The next meeting of the Town Board will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Indian Lake.

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