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Indian Lake cell tower construction progressing

— Installation of the Verizon cell phone tower in Indian Lake is well under way, Town Supervisor Brian Wells reported at the Monday, July 9 Town Board meeting.

Wells said the company was making great progress at the outset despite the fact that they have recently been slowed down by the challenges of the terrain. The question was asked by one of the audience members as to whether there was a completion time frame and Wells said none was given.

“I am just really happy that they are up there working,” Wells said.

In other business, Town Board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution providing revitalization grant monies to the Indian Lake Theater. Mention was made of the cultural and business contributions brought to the community by the theater and how it is the cornerstone for the downtown revitalization effort. The funds will be devoted to repairs to the roof, ramps, entry steps and marquis.

Among other areas of the town’s business, after looking at two choices, the board members approved the purchase and installation of a commercial-grade swingset with four swings at the Chain of Lakes Beach site.

In addition, board members tabled a decision on the Building Public Use Policy. The issue as to whether usage fees should be charged will be taken up with considerations for next year’s budget.

Regarding the issue of bids for various areas of maintenance work within the Sewer and Water Treatment Facility, after review, board members voted unanimously to award the work to Water Services, Inc. The bid is expected to represent considerable savings.

Councilman John Valentine raised the issue that a gift to the town of an oversized Adirondack chair measuring 6 feet wide by 6 feet deep by 8 feet tall was being made. The chair would allow visitors to climb up in it and have their picture taken by others in their party. When it came time for the board to approve the acceptance of the gift, the approval was given and Councilman John Rathbun abstained, citing concerns over liability issues for the town should someone fall out of the chair while climbing up into it.

As part of his comments, Supervisor Wells thanked Vonnie Liddle for her part in delivering a great Fourth of July parade to the town.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Blue Mountain Lake Fire Hall.

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