Indian Lake supervisor wants active role with cell tower builders

Indian Lake Town Hall

Indian Lake Town Hall Photo by John Grybos.

— During the Indian Lake Town Board meeting held March 12, Supervisor Brian Wells commented on the progress in Tectonic’s selection of a builder for the cell tower in town.

It was reported that arrangements are being made to have two builders do a “walk through bid.” Wells has requested that he be called to physically accompany the builders when they do their walk through.

Wells further pointed out that Indian Lake is not the only town within the Adirondacks experiencing such a long process in getting cell service established. As an example, the town of Inlet may be entertaining the idea of building the tower themselves and offering leasing rights to wireless providers.

Prior to the Town Board meeting, a number of the members toured the new Indian Lake Water Filtration Plant on Chain of Lakes Road. Supervisor Wells commented on how informative the tour was and how well this state-of-the-art facility is now serving the water needs of the town.

Teleworks website

Bill Murphy was in attendance at the meeting and announced the Adirondacks Teleworks® website will be the “Gateway to employment in the Adirondack Park” and will be launched on March 24. The goals of the site are to bring telecommuters to Indian Lake and Hamilton County in the hopes of increasing year round family sustaining jobs inside the Blue Line. Murphy also said that the site’s logo was developed through a student competition at the Indian Lake Central School. The board was presented with copies of the winning logo, which was designed by Alyssa Cuthbert, a senior at the school. The site was designed by Matt Turcotte, who will be at the town library on the March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon, when he will be offering a course in website maintenance.

Open Meetings Law

Town Clerk Julie Clawson explained that the new Meeting Agenda Packet Policy is connected to the Open Meeting Law, which falls under the Freedom of Information Act. Packets are going to carry a price of $.25 per page to cover the cost of putting them together. The board will review the policy by next meeting. Clawson is moving to have all future packet information on the Internet in an effort to limit the need and costs of physical copies. Online information, however, will not be able to be accessed during meetings in the Town Hall due the lack of open access to an unsecured wireless Internet connection.

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