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Board rewarded for community garden effort

INDIAN LAKE The Indian Lake Town Board was presented with certificates of appreciation this week on behalf of Director Nancy Welch, and the Hamilton County Cornell Cooperative Extension office. In a letter to the board, Welch thanked them with gratitude for support of extension by donating land for the community garden for the people of Indian Lake. Earlier this year, the town allowed the group to use a nearby section of vacant property for the development of a community garden, with the harvest being distributed through the local food pantry. This act of kindness and generosity has benefitted over 140 food pantry users and eight families who learned best practices in growing food, Welch wrote. Supervisor Hutchins publicly honored Welch for her commitment to the effort throughout Hamilton County. We expect even more people to garden next year, he said. In an abbreviated meeting - the Town Board unanimously voted to approve the 2009 Town Budget after a last minute change. With consideration to the rapidly declining cost of fuel, the board reduced the Highway Department fuel budget from $120,000 to $100,000 in the final approved version. The department is projected to spend $70,000 in fuel by the end of 2008 - with a higher cost per gallon expected next year. Before the fuel budget cut was considered - the town anticipated a slight tax increase of 2.1429 percent over the 2008 tax rates. The per thousand tax rate was expected to increase from its current $3.7325 to $3.8125. The final adjusted budget figures were not available in time for this article. The next meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board will be Dec. 8, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall.

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