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New Land Use Opportunities Top Newcomb Town Board Agenda

NEWCOMB First on the agenda for the Newcomb Town Board was a report on a meeting that Supervisor George Canon, and Councilwoman Dillion-Bush, had with Mike Carr, the head of the Nature Conservancy. Canon was especially excited about the possible availability of land that the Nature Conservancy would give to the town to be developed into numerous snowmobile trails. Canon displayed a map that showed trails going north, south, east, and west; making Newcomb the hub for snowmobiling. If these trails go through, it could help the economy in this area," Canon said. Another land issue that Canon was excited about was the possible purchase of 111 acres adjacent to the Newcomb Golf Course. This would enable the town golf course to develop from a nine-hole to an eighteen-hole course. Meanwhile, Newcomb School Superintendent Skip Hults and School Board President Steve Freiman attended the meeting to inquire about the availability of land to house the International Students that would attend Newcomb School. Supervisor Canon discussed with Superintendent of Highways, Mark Yandon, the problematic issue of private vehicles being on town property. Apparently, citizens have been bringing their vehicles in to be fixed, and private vehicles were stored on the premises. Canon told Yandon that this could not be allowed anymore, as there are liability issues at stake. Next, the board passed a resolution that authorized the use of a credit card for the purchase of a town highway computer, and for New York City lodging. There will be an Adirondack Association of Towns Convention in New York City attended by Newcomb Town Board and Planning Board Members. Another important issue that had been plaguing the Town of Newcomb is their water and sewer system in Winebrook Hills. Canon is looking into a system that will be available that would clean out the distribution lines and lower the level of trihalomethanes in the water. Concerning the sewer system, they are looking into the development of a Winebrook Sewer Code. In the spring, citizens use sump pumps to rid water from their basement, which flows directly into the sewer system and puts a lot of water pressure on the waste management plant. Therefore a code will be developed that will not allow sump pumps to go into the sewer system, alleviating the water pressure from the plant. Finally, Highway Superintendent Mark Yandon, who is also the Fire Department Chief, announced that as of Jan. 17, the 911 system is in effect. The town citizens can still call the 582-4000 emergency number and they will be connected to the 911 system. Eventually, that emergency number will be phased out but it will be a while before that takes place.

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