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Board approves 2009 Antiques Roadshow

INDIAN LAKE Following a review of this years Antique Roadshow weekend, the Indian Lake Town Board unanimously passed a resolution to host a similar event in 2009. The town will continue its effort to grow the show by dedicating resources to the event, including an expanded use of Byron Park. The 2009 show will be notable for the inclusion of regional artisans in addition to the familiar antique dealers. Its a different group of people other than just antiques, Supervisor Barry Hutchins said. We were thinking if we can include this type of exhibitor and keep the event in Byron Park, we can continue with the tailgate antique show throughout the town. The local businesses that have contacted us have reported they had a fabulous weekend so we would like to continue with that effort, he added. The board resolution will authorize the Antiques Weekend planning committee, including Indian Lakes Activities Director Vonnie Liddle, to begin preparations for the 2009 event in coordination with Adirondack Museum staff. The Museum is working very hard with us to keep the show growing and if we can continue on this path - the County has even expressed interest in helping us out with it, Hutchins said. The town and the museum are a good fit. This last years event filled dining rooms and filled hotel rooms so thats a success in my mind. In other business, the town will conclude a series of three budget meetings this week. The preliminary budget that was publicly released on Oct. 14 called for a 4.6 percent increase in the per thousand assessed value rate. While some budget figures are still pending, the towns consideration of a new tandem-axle truck for the highway department could impact the final draft of the 2009 budget. The issue surrounding terrestrial invasive plant species drew the boards attention last week as Hutchins reviewed the findings of a meeting he attended on the subject. In response to the issue, and growing concerns over the proliferation of Japanese Knotweed in the community, the board moved to adopt a tentative eradication program. The vote authorizes existing BTI application crew members the ability to receive additional training and become licensed to treat the afflicted areas in Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. The program will be funded through a private donation effort that has already been successfully established in a neighboring community. The next regular meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board will be held on Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

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