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Black fly bid leads to negotiations

July 11, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - After getting only one bid to treat the town for black flies, the town board plans to start negotiating with Adirondack Club and Resort developers over costs for the service.

Kathy Vanselow, who owns a company called Bioconservation Inc., offered to treat the running water in Tupper Lake for black flies for $30,000 a year, plus $5,000 to map the treatment area before starting. Her bid calls for four payments of $7,500, in January, March, May and July of 2013.

"As it stands right now, she's the only bid," town Supervisor Roger Amell told board members Monday night.

Amell said he plans to get a contract with developers of the 700-unit real estate development planned for the Big Tupper Ski Area, at the edge of town, before moving forward on getting black fly treatments.

Vanselow originally included the $5,000 mapping fee when she quoted the project to the town board in May, without the ACR as part of it. But Amell said the fee is for the mountain area outside of where the town originally planned to implement the program, so the town's taxpayers shouldn't have to shoulder the burden of it.

The board tabled action on Vanselow's bid until an agreement could be made with developers.

Councilwoman Patti Littlefield said the board should be able to make a decision by its next meeting.

"If we don't get a contract, we don't do the program," Amell said.

That might not be the only roadblock in the way of the treatment. Curtis Read, whose family owns most of the watershed around Little Simond Pond, which supplies about 60 percent of the town's drinking water, said his family plans to block the pesticide treatments on water in their control.

Read, who owns a certified water laboratory in Connecticut, said his family sees the treatments as wasteful and dangerous.

"We will not allow this on our property," Read told the Enterprise in an email.



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