Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, July 12, 2018, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 7:00 P.M.

Roll as follows for the Regular Monthly Meeting:

  • Marcel Webb - Supervisor
  • Thomas Kimpton - Councilman
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
  • John Murray - Councilman
  • David Perry – Councilman
  • Andrew McGill - Superintendent of Highways

    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Regular Meeting called to order at 7 P.M. by Supervisor Webb.

Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Tom Kimpton, seconded by Rick Lyon to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Resolution No 10


SECONDED BY: Tom Kimpton

DATE: July 12, 2018


WHEREAS, the Santa Clara Town Board is considering adoption of Local Law No.2 of 2018 to provide that the office of Town Highway Superintendent will be appointed rather than elected commencing January 1,2019; and WHEREAS, this legislation is authorized under New York State Municipal Home Rule Law §1O; and WHEREAS, Municipal Home Rule Law §20 requires the Town Board to hold a Public Hearing prior to the adoption of any Local Law; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF SANTA CLARA, FRANKLIN COUNTY, NEW YORK, AS FOLLOWS:

1. The Town Board shall meet on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6:45 PM to hold a Public Hearing to hear and receive comments from all people who are interested in proposed Local Law No.2 of2018 which would abolish the elective office of Town Highway Superintendent effective at the end of the day December 31, 2018 and create the appointive office of Town Highway Superintendent effective as of January 1, 2019. At that time the Town Board may take any other actions authorized by law concerning proposed Local Law No.2 of 2018.

2. The Town Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish a Notice of Public Hearing in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise not less than five (5) days before the date of the Public Hearing and to make a copy of the proposed Local Law available at no charge to anyone who requests It.

3. This Resolution shall take effect immediately. The question of the adoption of this Resolution by the Santa Clara Town Board was duly put to vote on roll call and it was declared duly adopted.

ADOPTED Ayes 5 Webb, Lyon, Kimpton, Perry Murray
Nays 0

FEMA Supervisor Webb advised that he has been contacted by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). FEMA will be holding a Watershed Discovery meeting in the Santa Clara Community Room on July 25, 2018 from 9 A.M to 11:30 A.M. for representatives from area villages and towns. All members of the Santa Clara Town and Planning Boards are invited to attend.

NYSERDA Solar Power Supervisor Webb has been trying to contact NYSERDA in regards to their letter from June indicating the former Town dump site on the Dexter Road as a possible site. All attempts he has made to contact them have been unsuccessful.

Community Room Highway Superintendent McGill met with Jon Hutchins, of Friends Construction Company that was the general contractor, about the crack in the wall in the community room. After inspection of the building Jon was unable to determine what was happening. Jon will go back and look at the building plans to see if he can determine what is located in that wall that may have contributed to the crack. Supervisor Webb is also going to contact Andy Abdulla, whose engineering firm designed the building, to see what he thinks the issue may be.

Open Discussion

Michelle Brown Garcia asked the Board about putting wheels on the podium in the community room. Michelle had trouble moving it when she was teaching the boater safety course. The Board will look into putting wheels on it. Michelle also thanked the Board for the use of the Community Room for the boater safety course she taught this month and she will also teach one in August. She stated the Upper Lake Association also appreciated that she was able to use the room for the course. Michelle asked the Board about a noise ordinance as the homeowners on Gilpin Bay road are complaining about the noise at Young Life Camp. The Board advised there is no such ordinance in Santa Clara. It was researched a few years ago but the Board felt there would be no way to properly enforce one.

Ron Otten asked if anyone else in the Town received the donation request letter from the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Everyone present had received one. Tupper Lake Fire Department was given the names and addresses from the tax roll of everyone from Santa Clara in their fire coverage area.

Guy Middleton advised the Board and the Highway Superintendent that he has someone looking at the old milfoil mats stored at the Town. He will let the town know if and when they decide if they want to take them.

Good of the Town

Highway Superintendent McGill reported that the County will not be painting the road stripes until August or September on the County roads in the south end. Andy will call the county again in regards to getting the speed sign put on County Route 46 to try to slow the traffic down. He will also notify the county again that they need to cut the trees and brush down around all their road signs so people can see them. Floodwood Road has been graded. Road work will start next week on Beaverwood Road as there is ditch and culvert work to be done on that road.

DOT has responded to the request to change the speed limit on the Keese Mill Road. The request can be done from the Town Line as far as the gate to Rockefeller Park. The state says the road name changes at that point to the Blue Mountain Road. Another request will have to be submitted to change the speed limit on that section of the road. The Board advised Andy to submit the request.

Scottie Adams requested that Supervisor Webb advise the Town of the St Regis Fire Tower Celebration and the resolution

WHEREAS: The St Regis Mountain FireTower, located in the Town of Santa Clara has played a role in the history of the Town and has provided recreational opportunities for many residents and visitors, and
WHEREAS: The St Regis Mountain FireTower served as a manned early warning post, providing site locations of residential and forest fires to local fire wardens, who worked with the Forest Rangers to control fires.
WHEREAS: The St Regis Mountain FireTower is considered to be of significant local value as a historic landmark, an orienteering beacon, and an educational resource.
WHEREAS: Many residents and visitors have climbed the newly renovated fire tower for the magnificent view and an opportunity to learn more about the local history and ecology.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Centennial of the St Regis Mountain Fire Tower, be recognized and celebrated by residents and visitors alike.

The Friends of St Regis Mountain Fire Tower appreciate the support that the Town Board has provided for the St. Regis Fire Tower in the past. As a token of our appreciation, the Friends cordially invite all of you to attend the Centennial Celebration of the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower. The work of the Friends group, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Students Conservation Association, the Adirondack Watershed Institute and our many volunteers and supporters has resulted in the tower being opened to the public on September 1, 2016. Now it’s time to celebrate these accomplishments as well as the 100th anniversary of the tower!

Please join us at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat at 1:30 p.m. on August 5, 2018 to celebrate the tower and our accomplishments. The Lodge is located at 6319 State Route 30 on beautiful Lake Clear, with a fabulous view of the tower from their shore. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Lodge staff will be available, as well as cash bar. In addition to guest speakers and an opportunity to purchase fire tower gifts & raffle tickets, musical entertainment will be provided by The Birch Boys. Picnic box lunches and a special dinner rate will be available to anyone interested.

You can learn more about the tower, its history, restoration, educational programs and the centennial celebration at our web site

We look forward to celebrating with you!


Scottie Adams Secretary/Treasurer Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower

Supervisor Webb received a thank you from the Chapel Island Committee for the use of the Community Room for their annual meeting.

General Fund vouchers No. 152 to 171 in the amount of $25,043.46 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 60 to 70 in the amount of $9,725.92 were audited by the Board. Motion by Tom Kimpton seconded by John Murray to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.


Motion to adjourn at 7:51 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

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