Minerva Town Board mulls Finch land deal

Minerva Town Hall

Minerva Town Hall Photo by John Grybos.

— In her May 2 report to the board, Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey noted that the Nature Conservancy has committed a $500,000 pool of funds to support local projects that help the five towns to develop opportunities resulting from the land purchase.

These are the lands purchased from Finch, Pruyn, including the Essex Chain Lakes parcel. The towns of Minerva, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and North Hudson have already met several times to discuss ways they can work together to increase the recreational and economic opportunities made possible by the state land purchase.

“It is unclear at this point how or when these dollars can be used, but we should think about projects that could benefit Minerva and the rest of the region,” Corey said, adding that “Fred Monroe of the Local Government Review Board has agreed to draft a memorandum of understanding for the five towns to guide our relationship with each other.”

One option involves setting up a local development corporation. This would allow the towns to apply for resources that would assist them in developing projects that would utilize the opportunities presented by the land purchase.

Corey said that the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages has decided to help the five towns in their efforts to develop projects. Using part of their Smart Growth grant, they have contracted with Margaret Irwin from River Street Planning to assist them.

In other news:

The campground is scheduled to open on May 17. Corey noted that they are more campers this year than there were last year. As of April 20, there were 20 campers signed up.

There are no new leads on the acts of vandalism recently experienced by the town.

Corey recently spoke with the Adirondack Park Agency, and the Verizon cell tower application is still being processed.

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