The Town of Inlet officially opened its new Wastewater Treatment Plant with a ceremonial ribbon cutting held Friday, September 6, with many well-wishers, including a representative of Governor Cuomo, in attendance.
Supervisor John Frey led the proceedings with introductory comments and thanks to the many who contributed to the plant’s actualization.
The new Inlet Wastewater Plant. Photo by Gina Greco
The quality of the facility, the planning and fortitude involved in bringing them about was acknowledged by several guest speakers, but it was no overnight success, according to Frey.
“Thirteen years ago we started by asking ourselves, ‘Do we need this?’,” he said.
Leading the ribbon-cutting at center are John Frey in the white shirt, and to the left of him, are Matt Cooper, longtime project engineer with Bernier and Carr. The Cooper’s right is Lani Ulrich, APA chairwoman. Photo by Gina Greco
Then-Supervisor J.R. Risley had formed a Clean Waters committeee with then-Councilman John Frey appointed chair.
View has asked to use the Old Forge lakefront for its annual Running Colors 5K Run on Saturday, October 19.
The request was made to the Town of Webb Board by Event Coordinator Stephen Wick on behalf of the Running Colors committee.
He said View would be placing a registration tent at the site with a sound system for the emcee.
Wick also asked that the public restrooms near the tennis courts be opened for the event.
“We have many familes with young ones who need the facilities to change in,” he said.
The lakefront’s trash and recycling containers would also be needed, Wick said.
The race course will be the same as last year with Chief John Russell’s Town of Webb Police Department controlling traffic.
Participants will be encouraged to use the parking lots at Pied Piper and Water Safari, Wick said.
The Town of Webb Board agreed Tuesday September 10 to allow View’s use of the lakefront for the event.
The Polar Bear Ski Club, which bought and assembled a yurt at McCauley Mountain in 2011 for it’s alpine team, has requested permission to erect a second yurt for its nordic racers.
The request was made to the Town of Webb Board by Polar Bear President Diane Heroux.
The Polar Bear yurts are roughly circular at 30 feet in diameter and dome upward to a slight point.
The new yurt would be located near the current packer garage at the end of the parking lot.
The use would be similar to that of the existing yurt with skiers being able to gather, warm themselves and store equipment.
The cost would be similar to the first yurt, Heroux said.
That would mean about $21,000 with another $5,000 for foundation, electrical and other costs.
“We are asking the Town for permission, so that we may order the yurt as soon as possible, as it takes about 12 weeks from order until delivery,” Heroux said.
The Town Board agreed the yurt would be a welcome addition to McCauley and resolved Tuesday to support the project.
The costs will again be bourne by the Polar Bear Ski Club.
A review of the Town of Webb’s Zoning Ordinance was conducted as part of the project to codify the Town’s local laws and ordinances, according to Supervisor Ted Riehle.
Changes were recommended to update it by correcting typographical errors, inserting proper statutory references, and clarifying procedural requirements, he said.
On Tuesday, September 10, the Town of Webb Board resolved to have Supervisor Riehle submit the Zoning Ordinance to the Herkimer County Planning Board.
This is so the amendments to the ordinance can be approved as required by law, Riehle said.
The Board also reviewed the amendments as required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
They resolved them to be an “unlisted action” with no significant impact on the environment.
This means no further SEQRA action is required, according to the board.
The Town of Webb Board agreed Tuesday to withdraw a request it had made to the State Comptroller asking for approval of the William Street Extension of the Old Forge–Thendara Water District.
The project is still on, but the board decided to restructure its financing so Comptroller approval would no longer be required.
The board did so to eliminate the complications involved in going through the state.
The extension work will now be done on a pay as you go basis by the three affected property owners, should they agree to enter into contract.
The maximum estimated cost of the extension is $35,000.
Supervisor Ted Riehle reported to the full Town Board on Tuesday, September 10 that he had participated in two progress meetings earlier in the day regarding current TOBIE trail construction.
He said placement of the new bridge across the Moose River is being held up by a delay with the bridge’s fabricators in Georgia.
Future TOBIE bridge site at the Moose River between Thendara and Old Forge Photo by Gina Greco
Riehle said he was hesitant to throw out another tentative date, but that the construction crew is expecting to install the bridge the first week in October.
The Town of Webb Property Owners Association (WPOA) reported at its annual meeting in July that its role in local health care issues has waned now that St. Elizabeth’s has been successfully courted and is in operation of the health center.
But in recent weeks WPOA has fielded several complaints from community members, according to board member Bob McCoy.
The absence of a second doctor at the health care center is becoming a cause of frustration, he said.
When a doctor is not on hand at the office, as sometimes happens, the other health staff is limited in what they can administer in his absence, according to McCoy.
He said patients are being told that prescription renewals, things of that nature, must be put on hold.
That’s in addition to limits on the number of patients able to be seen, he said.