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Indian Lake Planning Committee looks at year's progress

Indian Lake Farmers’ Market Chairpersons, Danielle Shaw (middle) and Brenda Valentine (second from right) are joined by other Steering Committee members for the official ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Indian Lake Farmers’ Market.

Indian Lake Farmers’ Market Chairpersons, Danielle Shaw (middle) and Brenda Valentine (second from right) are joined by other Steering Committee members for the official ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Indian Lake Farmers’ Market. Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

— It has been a more than a year since the Indian Lake Planning Committee set out on its mission of enriching the community at large in the town of Indian Lake using the “Guiding the Boat” plan developed in conjunction with involved residents as a means of selecting and prioritizing objectives.

It is now in the process of evaluating the activities of the past year against the objectives and fine tune the course moving ahead.

To do so, the committee is initially conducting a series of meetings with its membership and members of the interested public. The first of these meetings was held in the Indian Lake Central School library on Sept. 18.

During this past year, the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation (ILCDC) was established, a Board of Directors chosen, officers appointed and the process of establishing itself as a 501-c3 corporation embarked upon. The 501 c3 status is currently before the IRS and confirmation could be received as early as this coming November.

Among other things, this status would allow the receipt of funding and the allowance by donors to receive tax deductions for their contributions donated to move the organization’s work forward for the town. Though the 501-c3 status is certainly expected to be instrumental in help enable it to tackle its objectives for the town, the lack of this status did not hold the organization back over the course of the past year.

The organization focused initially on the development of an Indian Lake Town Map that would clearly and comprehensively direct visitors to the town, as well as potential and new residents to the full complement of resources to be found in the hamlets of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Sabael. All the creative development phase of the map was done primarily on a volunteer basis through the ILCDC’s Marketing Subcommittee and Al Pouch undertook the actual task of designing the map. The map was created in large weatherproof formats and placed around the Town in four strategic areas: Pines Store, Byron Park, The Lake Store in Sabael, the Blue Mountain Lake Beach. Eventually, the maps will be displayed in kiosks, which will also include smaller “take-away” versions of the map in weather-resistant Lucite holders. Much of the project has been funded through the sale of advertising on the “take-away” versions of the maps. Ann Carroll, chairperson of the Marketing Subcommittee, reported that the maps have been well received.

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