Indian Lake to host one APA hearing on Finch lands

— During the Monday, May 13 Indian Lake Town Board Meeting, Town Supervisor Brian Wells announced that he had written a letter to Leilani Ulrich, APA Chairwoman, on April 11.

The purpose of the letter was to ask the APA to consider the Town of Indian Lake to be an “in-the-Park meeting site” for the upcoming public hearings to be held surrounding the classification of lands purchased by the state from the Nature Conservancy in the counties of Hamilton and Essex, most notably the Indian River Tract, OK Slip, and Essex Chain Lakes. Wells made the point that, “As the southern most access point to the Indian River tract, the Town of Indian Lake will be greatly impacted by the APA land classifications recommendation to the Governor.

On the morning following the Town Board meeting, Tuesday, May 14, Supervisor Wells was notified that, indeed, the town of Indian Lake would be one of the four in-the-Park hearing sites. The meeting will be held June 25 at 7 p.m. in the Indian Lake Central School. The three other “in-the-Park” meeting sites are Newcomb, Minerva and Ray Brook. Additionally, three “outside-the-Park” meeting sites have been included, Rochester, New York City and Albany. Meeting details for those being held outside of Indian Lake will follow.

Other business

•Adirondack Challenge will now be an Invitational whitewater event and internationally competitive flatwater race. Both events will be held on July 21 accompanied by a festival with music, food, demos, displays, kids activities and more. The events are being coordinated with I Love NY and are being billed as “A celebration of New York’s beautiful Adirondacks region, culminating in a day of water races, food, music and more!” Updates on the latest ADK Challenge information can be gotten at: iloveny.com/adkchallenge.

•New DEC agents licensing system will require the town to purchase a new computer and software to support the change in fishing and hunting licensing. Supervisor Wells is looking for public input about the value and use of the service since the purchase of the equipment and software would likely not be covered by the number of licenses generated.

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