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Power delivery questioned with Indian Lake cell tower

Indian Lake Town Hall

Indian Lake Town Hall Photo by John Grybos.

— Powering the proposed cell tower in the town of Indian Lake is an issue that has yet to be resolved.

During the April 9 Indian Lake Town Board meeting, Supervisor Brian Wells reported that he had attended a walkabout with Verizon and several bidders for the cell tower building project. Those bids are expected during this week.

However, Wells said a National Grid officials, new to this project, is suggesting that the power for the cell tower may need to be run underground. Wells and Councilman John Valentine discussed the difficulty and potential costs in running power underground given the ledge rock at the site and what impact such a requirement would on the current permit and ongoing bidding process.

There is a meeting planned for April 11 that will hopefully clarify the issue, its need, the impact on the project and direction on how to move forward, according to Wells. In a separate conversation after the meeting, the supervisor indicated his hopefulness that the issue is more related to the new representative from National Grid not being fully familiar with the building site and conditions.

In other business, the board voted to approve a proposal from CHA for a preliminary engineering report for water District 1 in Blue Mountain Lake. The proposal is a direct outgrowth of the state Department of Health (DOH) issuing the town of Indian Lake a violation notice connected to there being disinfection byproducts exceeding maximum contaminant levels. These byproducts actually result from the reaction between organics in the raw Blue Mountain Lake water with the sodium hypochlorite during the disinfection process. This proposal covers work connected with evaluating alternatives for correcting the exceedances. In addition, the town and DOH have indicated that the report should include a discussion regarding the potential for replacing the source water supply with a new well system.

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