Town Board Meeting held June 14, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall in

Schroon Lake N.Y.


Town Supervisor:                  Cathy Moses

Councilpersons:                     Roger Friedman, Clara Phibbs, Mark Whitney and Meg Wood

Town Clerk:                           Patricia Savarie

Also Present:                         See Attached

Supervisor Moses called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M. with a Pledge to the Flag.

Supervisor Moses introduced Bill Merrill from Unison which offers a cell site lease conversion program. Bill Merrill stated that his company was willing to offer the Town of Schroon a one time lump sum of $245,601.00 to purchase a defined easement for the cell site. Easement areas will include an additional 400 square feet adjacent to the existing ground space. Unison will receive the currently scheduled rent stream for the term of the easement and agrees that all rent over and above this amount received from new tenants located within the Additional Space, Site Owner will collect 50% and Unison will collect 50%. Unison can negotiate leases with major carriers such as Sprint and Clear Wire at lower rates than the Town can. The Board would like time to look into the contract and will get back to him on their decision.

Paradox Weir Update

Supervisor Moses stated that the Town of Schroon had received two design proposals :

North Woods Engineering $24,600.00

AES Northeast $54,720.00

Supervisor Moses and the Town Board would like to thank Roger Mead for all his hard work and recommendations on the Weir and for saving the tax payers money by volunteering his time to the project. Roger Mead stated that C.T. Male, in February, had proposed engineering services for $3,700. and felt this was a reasonable cost but it does not include preparation of final design and construction drawings. Roger stated that Dana Shaughnessy, Cathy Moses and himself had a meeting and reviewed the proposed Fish Weir design and it was determined that the Town of Schroon, Highway Department has the necessary capability to be responsible for all construction activities. Detailed final design and construction plan drawings are necessary. The Board asked if they would need a stamped design by Engineers, Supervisor Moses will look into it.

Recommended Path Forward

  • Meet with Paradox Lake Association Board Members who are interested in the project and has comments. Wednesday, 6/16/10 at 7:00 PM.

  • Meet with Soil and Water Conservation representative and Department of Health Environmental Engineer that have equipment for sampling Paradox Creek bed adjacent to existing dam. Test borings are needed to complete the final design. 6/18/10 at 2:30 PM at the Dam site. (will be postponed if water level is too high)

  • Map creek bed depth upstream of existing dam to help determine the type of coffer dam that will be needed.

  • Contact companies with dewatering equipment and develop dewatering plan.

  • Contact companies with drawdown device components to help establish final design.

  • Resolve Army Corp. of Engineers comment on need for having drawings reference high water mark. R Meads opinion is that doing this is misleading and unnecessary, as it is not related to the method that will be used to establish Dam design height.

  • Propose Final Design and construction methods after resolution of the above issues.

  • Contact C. T. Male and see if their proposal is still valid, and if they will prepare final drawings in addition to their proposed work scope. If appropriate, provide Cathy Moses with recommended technical content for a design contract.

  • Place a design contract between Town of Schroon and an engineering firm.

  • Resolve all concerns and comments and obtain final agreement on Project with all involved agencies.

Town of Schroon will be responsible for all construction activities. Work will be completed primarily by the Highway Department, with small support contracts as needed.

Resolution #133 Approval of Minutes

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the 5:30 p.m. May 10th Special Town Board Meeting minutes with the exception of the wording of Emergency Dam to Emergency Water Source, seconded by Councilman Friedman, Councilwoman Phibbs abstains; carried.

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the 7:00 p.m. May 10th Town Board Meeting minutes, seconded by Councilman Friedman, Councilwoman Phibbs abstains; carried.

Resolution #134 Audit of Claim

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept the bills to be paid as reviewed with the exception of the Veterans’ Bill. Supervisor Moses will ask Ed Donnelly if there is money to pay for it out of the Veterans’ account, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

General $40,414.17 Highway $36,848.26 Sewer $5,064.89 Water $2,832.16

Airport Project $752.63 Sewer Project Phase II $308,107.46

Resolution #135 Ski Tow Report

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to accept the 2009 Ski Tow Report, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Resolution #136 Library Annual Report for 2009

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to accept the Library Annual Report for 2009, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

Resolution #137 Jim Roblee Honored for New York Rural Water Associations Wastewater Operator of the Year

Resolution #138 Fish and Game Club Organization of the Year




WHEREAS, each year the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce honors either a citizen or an organization of the town, and

WHEREAS, this year, the Chamber is recognizing the contributions of the “Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club”, and

WHEREAS, being a member of “the Club”, I have witnessed first hand the many contributions of “the Club” to our community, and

WHEREAS, those contributions include sponsoring the local Boy Scout troop, home to the Little League program, sending children to Camp Colby Conservation Camp, scholarship awards to graduating Schroon Lake Central School students, an annual youth fishing contest, participating annually in the July Fourth celebration, along with many other community activities in addition to addressing all of the wildlife and conservation issues that come before “the Club”, and

WHEREAS, the many members in great attendance at “the Club's” monthly meeting are greeted with the delicious dinners served by great volunteers, and I keep trying to convince the Town Board that we need to serve food!! at our monthly meetings, and

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Schroon also wishes to honor these great volunteers who contribute so much to our community,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Schroon does hereby declare June 15, 2010 as “SCHROON LAKE FISH & GAME CLUB DAY” and extends its heartfelt appreciation for all that “the Club” does for our community.

NYSDOT Response on Rt. 9 Parking

Supervisor Moses stated that she had heard from NYSDOT on the intersection sight distance. They suggest eliminating the parking spaces on either side of the intersecting streets. Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to discuss NYSDOT’s proposal, seconded by Councilwoman Wood. Councilman Whitney stated that safety should come first and to accept NYSDOT’s decision of eliminating parking spaces on either side of the intersecting streets. Councilman Friedman stated that it would take more parking away from the businesses in town, which is very limited now. There was much discussion by the Board.

Roll Call:

Supervisor Moses Aye

Councilman Whitney Aye

Councilwoman Phibbs Nay

Councilwoman Wood Nay

Councilman Friedman Nay

Resolution did not pass 2 Ayes and 3 Nays.

Resolution #139 Lifeguard Appointed

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution to hire the following Lifeguards, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

Dan Beaudoin


4th yr (Head Life Guard)


Lindsey Vanderwiele


5th yr (Assistant Head Life Guard)


Moriah Williams


5th yr


Tarri Haina


3rd yr


Haddie Williams


2nd yr


Kathleen Krah


3rd yr






Jessica Bowen


3rd yr


Mary Ellen Krah


1st yr


Ian Williams


1st yr


Cody Armstrong


2nd yr


Chris Veverka


1st yr


Resolution #140 Budget Transfer for Library

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept a Budget Transfer from

A00-01-1990.400 Contingent to A00-06-7410.400 Library in the amount of $600.00 per request of the Library board increase in contingent to cover additional expenses, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Resolution #141 APA Review Board Request For $250.00

Councilman Friedman moved to approve $250.00 for the APA Review Board taken from A00-01-1990.4 Contingent, seconded by Councilman Whitney; carried.

Resolution #142 Cleat Testing on Groomer

Councilman Whitney moved a resolution to accept M & P Lab proposal in the amount of $1,485.75 for the testing of chemical analysis, hardness test, analysis, final report and metallographic evaluation of microstructures, seconded by Councilman Friedman; carried.

Resolution #143 Resignation for Zoning Board of Appeal

Councilman Friedman moved a resolution with great regret to accept Nancy Dowling’s resignation from the Zoning Board of Appeals, seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

AES Bill Amended

Supervisor Moses stated she had received an amended bill from AES and wanted Board approval to sign it the cost of printing went down while the cost of mileage, postage and reconcile geotechnical services went up balancing out to a net change of $0.00. The Board approved Supervisor Moses to sign the Bill Amendment.

Boat House Roof Bid

Supervisor Moses stated that they opened bids for the Roof Replacement for the Boat House at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon and Don Sage looked them over and suggested to go with the low bid of Adirondack Customs. The Board would like Supervisor Moses to get references on Adirondack Customs before accepting bid.

Resolution #144 Highway Spend Agreement

Councilwoman Phibbs moved a resolution to accept an agreement to spend Town Highway Funds on blacktopping the following roads, Letsonville Road leading to Johnson Pond Road for 1 mile, River Road leading to US Route 9 for 3/10 mile, Horseshoe Pond Road leading to Charlie Hill Road for ½ mile and the middle of Fraternaland Road leading to Letsonville Road for 3/10 mile, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Resolution #145 Keeping Americade in our Area




The following resolution was moved and seconded unanimously.

WHEREAS, Americade is considered to be the largest touring motorcycle rally in the world in which 60,000 participants were expected for this year’s event, and

WHEREAS, Americade has a major economic impact upon our region (most definitely including the Schroon Lake area) that has been estimated to be approximately $46 million for the area, and

WHEREAS, Americade uses the Million Dollar Beach in Lake George by permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation, and

WHEREAS, the Department of Environmental Conservation has had a recent policy of raising the permit fee for Americade’s use of the Million Dollar Beach, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of

Schroon understands that it would be a severe blow to the region’s economy if Americade was to leave this area, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Schroon calls upon the Department of Environmental Conservation not to raise but to roll back the fee it charges Americade for use of the Million Dollar Beach, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be send to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Senator Elizabeth Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.

Board Comments:

Councilwoman Wood stated that work on the Crown Point Bridge will be starting soon and anyone looking for work should go to the main office for the Flat Iron Company in Addison, Vermont as they would like to hire local people.

Councilman Friedman would like to thank Pat Savarie for organizing the Youth Calendar this year and adding a few more activities to the calendar for our youth. Councilman Friedman stated that the 75th Anniversary of Schroon Lake Central School was coming up and everyone could look on their website to get information the events will start at 3:00 p.m. at the school and at 5:00 p.m. there will be a Chicken BBQ at the Fish and Game Club. Councilman Friedman asked Supervisor Moses if the Town is using Fossil Free Fertilizer now and she stated that she would send out a memo to all departments to make sure that they are.

Public Participation:

Lester Spieser would like to know how you would get information on the work at the Crown Point Bridge. Councilwoman Wood stated it will be in the Times of Ti and on the web site under Flat Iron for more information.

Executive Session

Councilman Whitney moved to go into Executive Session at 8:46 p.m. to discuss employment history of an employee and a possible property purchase, seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

Councilman Whitney moved to come out of Executive Session at 10:03 p.m., seconded by Councilwoman Wood; carried.

4th of July Meeting at Fire House

Supervisor Moses stated that the Town Board will have to set up a meeting with the Fire Department and the State Police for either June 22nd, 24th or 28th. She will contact the Fire Department to see when they can meet and get back to the Board.

Councilman Whitney moved to adjourn at 10:10 p.m., seconded by Councilwoman Phibbs; carried.

I, Patricia J. Savarie, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and correct transcript from the minutes now on file in my office and of the whole such original minutes.


Dated: June 21, 2010

Patricia J. Savarie - Town Clerk