Tupper Lake town board organizes for 2018

From left, Recreation and Youth Activity Director Angie Snye, Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield and Councilmen John Quinn and Mike Dechene are sworn into the positions they were reelected for in November. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

TUPPER LAKE — The town board held its 2018 organizational meeting Thursday afternoon to swear in re-elected officials, detail the plans for the future year and amend contracts and agreements.

Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield and Councilmen John Quinn and Mike Dechene were sworn in after being re-elected in November. They were sworn in by Recreation and Youth Activity Director Angie Snye who is filling in for Town Clerk and Tax Collector Laurie Fuller while she is out with an illness. When Fuller is able to return to the job, Snye will return to her regularly assigned position.

The decision of who will serve as town historian has not concluded and the board will announce the position being filled at a later date. They are waiting for a response from current historian Jonn Kopp Sr. and have received an application from another town resident interested in the job.

Quinn announced Jan. 23 as the kick-off date for the town’s zoning update, and a 6 p.m. meeting in the Emergency Services Building for public comment.

Littlefield also announced Jan. 19 as a date for nonprofits to meet at 1 p.m. at the town offices to apply for funding from the Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts fund.

The board agreed to send a certificate of insurance to Preserve Associates, the company behind the Adirondack Club and Resort and Big Tupper Ski Area, to continue access to the cross-country ski trails that stretch onto its property.

The board resolved to create a citizen committee, along with the town’s country club to discuss the future of the club, which leases land from the town.

All members expressed that they want to see the club survive but are still unsure about its future as there has been large hiatus’ between the town’s request for lease payments and the club’s board action to pay. The town board said it does not want to be caught off guard, especially while working with taxpayer money.

“What’s plan B?” Dechene asked.

Councilman Mike Dechene said he has requested that the two boards meet, something the club board replies too infrequently and often lately.

The proposed committee would feature members of both boards, as well as citizens from the town, and would provide a clearer line of communication between the entities.

The board approved a change to a storage agreement with the Tupper Lake Snowmobile Club, changing how money from the state snowmobile association is divided between the two groups. The money covers expenses for grooming the 9.7 miles of town trails in Tupper Lake. The percentage of the $22,000 split between the two organizations — 70 percent to the town and 30 percent to the club — will remain the same, but instead of the club receiving the money and giving a 70 percent cut to the town, the town will receive the money and cut a 30 percent check to the club.

The board approved a weekly rate change for campsites on Little Wolf Beach, a price which has remained the same since 2014. The $15 increase will be used to upgrade the electric service from 30 amps to 50.