Tupper town board to hold two hearings today

TUPPER LAKE – The town board will hold two hearings today starting at 4 p.m.

The first public hearing will be on the town’s fire protection agreement with the village.

The agreement, which runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, has the town paying $122,722.62 to the village for the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department to provide fire protection to people outside the village limits.

Last year, the town paid $121,107, and it paid $141,019 the year before, according to village Clerk Mary Casagrain.

The village and town still need to finalize an agreement for 2014 as the village works on ironing out its 2013-14 budget. The village’s fiscal year starts June 1.

The second hearing will deal with the town’s proposal to share the costs of a new grinder pump in Sewer District 23 with the Zande family. Matt Zande’s family owns property in the district that he wants to build a house on, but it doesn’t currently have a grinder pump on it. He has asked the town to pay for the equipment.

The town is proposing two options: The district will not cover the expense at all, or it will pay for the grinder pump and all the equipment associated with it, and the Zandes will be responsible for paying a contractor to install it.

The board will make a final decision on the topic, but board members said they wanted to give residents of District 23, which covers mainly the Lake Simond and Moody road areas, a chance to express their opinions on the topic.

The public hearings will begin at 4 p.m. in the lower level of the town hall at 79 Demars Blvd., and the board’s regular meeting will follow.

Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.