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Officials launch new year by looking back

INDIAN LAKE Celebration and community pride mixed with economic concerns at the Indian Lake Town Boards first meeting of the year. Opening to a standing-room only crowd, the board passed its first resolution of the year by proclaiming Aug. 8-10, and Nov. 15, as Sesquicentennial Days in the Town of Indian Lake. As an extension of the resolution, Town Supervisor Barry Hutchins further expressed his hope that members of neighboring communities would accept the towns invitation to visit during the year, and share in the events. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the much-anticipated Community Quilt, handmade by members of The North Country Crafters. Presented as a gift to the town, the quilt depicts the town of Indian Lake during each of the four seasons, illustrating the facets of local life that make the community unique. Following the quilts presentation, a letter of dedication was read, honoring the memory of fellow crafter Martha Meek. A guiding force behind the quilts creation, Meek wasremembered for her exceptional skill and enduring legacy. Supervisor Hutchins accepted the quilt on behalf of the town, amidst an emotional outpouring and remembrances. In other business, the vitality of the community dominated further discussions as the issue of economic growth was raised. The board heard concerns from residents in response to a recent New York State Supreme Court ruling related to the States payment of property tax to towns with forestland within their boundaries. With recent press coverage sparking a firestorm of debate through many Adirondack communities, Hutchins remained reservedly optimistic that the issue would be resolved. The town's current snowmobile trail system was discussed, with many opinions related to the attraction of second-home buyers and the lure of a "first-class" trail system. Numerous comments were heard regarding how best to serve the needs of local snowmobile enthusiasts while benefiting from the significant revenue generated by winter tourism dollars. In the interest of bringing new job opportunities to the community, particularly in the manufacturing sector, the board approved a HUD loan request application for $120,000 from a local entrepreneur. Under the terms of the request, the 5-year loan would be applied toward business start-up, and operational expenses. In return, and based on the proposal, the board anticipates the creation of 8-10 new jobs, and the utilization of presently vacant property for a small-scale manufacturing facility. The proposed loan was recommended by the Indian Lake Financial Advisory Committee, and represents roughly 50-percent of the funds available to the town for suitable applicants. The next meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board will be Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

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