Tupper Lake town board meets

The Tupper Lake town board met Feb. 13.

The Tupper Lake town board met Feb. 13. Photo by Tim Follos.

— This community's stature as the home and destination of athletes and outdoors enthusiasts of all types was underscored at a Town Board meeting on Feb. 14.

Topics discussed included archery, the Tupper Lake Triathalon, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, the Tupper Lake Country Club, the Tinman Triathalon, hunter safety courses, and, of course, the status of Big Tupper.

Other issues addressed at the meeting included the Town's compliance with a new state open government mandate.

Though many of the cross country ski trails in Tupper Lake are in usable condition, Big Tupper has only been open one day this season due to an absence of snow. Board member David Tomberlin reported that the facility's power has been shut down and its pipes drained, but that the mountain can be opened if it receives sufficient snowfall before the end of March.

The lives of the three journalists attending the meeting were somewhat eased by the Town's efforts to comply with a New York State mandate that took effect Feb. 2. The reporters were given thick packets of documents (forms, reports, etc.) relating to matters discussed at the meeting.

According to the New York Department of State's Committee on Open Government, when a document is scheduled to be discussed by municipal officials during an open meeting, new legislation "requires the public body, with reasonable limitations, to make the record available to the public prior to the meeting. Optimally, the record will be made available online; if that cannot be done, the record can be made available in paper form in response to a request."

The Board affirmed its interest in posting the material on online, not on the existing Chamber of Commerce site (tupper-lake.com), but on a new site. Town officials are discussing creating the new site collaboratively with the Village of Tupper Lake.

The Board also discussed installing new signage at the entrances to the community, agreed to contribute $15,000 toward the salary of an "Events Coordinator," and voted to advertise a part-time office clerk position with the town.

The next Town Board meeting will be held on March 12.

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