continued Both Valentine and Wells cautioned all in attendance that this does not mean that the issue is laid to rest. There are still recommendations by the DEC to the staff of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) that will work on the final proposal by the Agency to the governor who will have the final say about land classification.
There will be an open meeting on Feb. 21 at the Town Hall at 7 p.m. to take proposals from any individuals or groups regarding this land.
John Collins, president of the Blue Mountain Lake Association and former APA chairman, was in attendance and offered clarification and counsel on the nature and sequence of the process. During this discussion, Bill Murphy, also in attendance, asked whether Collins could put together a timeline to guide all through the process. Collins agreed to help the town through the process by developing such a timeline. He then pressed the importance of writing both the DEC and the respective staff assigned to the classification proposal at the APA. Collins specifically mentioned APA Executive Director Terry Martino as the person that would pass on correspondence to the appropriate staff. He further counseled that there would be public hearings in and outside the park regarding the land classification. Collins strongly suggested that when the time comes all interested parties should get on the speaker list and go to tell them your thoughts regarding the classification of this land.
Four bids were received for relocating antennae to the new cell tower. They ranged from $4,500 to $23,340 and Supervisor Wells defined all as “vague.” The board voted unanimously to accept all four bids for review.
Supervisor Wells read a letter received from the Christmas Country Tour expressing to the town their gratitude for support and use of facilities, as well as communication the great success of the 2012 event and that 2013 planning is well under way.