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Indian Lake Town Board meets in Blue Mt. Lake

— It was explained that this should result in savings on insurance.

The board turned its attention to addressing and updating the attendees on actions surrounding a petition received from a number of homeowners on Adirondack Lake regarding a home in chronic disrepair. Supervisor Wells explained that a building inspection has taken place and discussions have been undertaken with the town attorney. The next step is to meet with the property owner after tonight’s meeting and include the issue in the executive session after the public meeting. Regarding release of information surrounding the issue, Wells stated that the town and its board will be guided by the advice of its attorney.

Councilman Valentine reported on his attendance at an Adirondack North Country Association-sponsored clean energy conference. This was the first of a series of such conferences to take place over the next five years.

“This year, I concentrated on biomass fuels with the realization that the cost of energy for the town’s facilities is around 20 percent of the annual budget,” Valentine said. “The use of wood chips as fuel was found to be intriguing given the fact that they could be produced locally while providing local jobs while potentially saving energy costs.”

Valentine will look deeper into the potential savings this could represent especially regarding the heating of the town garage and perhaps in some area of the school.

Valentine is also interested in pursuing photovoltaics (solar) in his quest for clean energy alternatives and savings for the town. This is especially true given net metering, where the town could receive a payment for any energy produced and not used by the town. Such energy would be fed back into the grid.

Valentine said he believes the town would receive a payment at the retail price per unit of energy provided back to the grid. He suggested to the board that he would like to pursue these issues further and perhaps pursue a grant from the Institute of Photovoltaics. The board approved the further inquiry.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Indian Lake Town Hall. 

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