Town of Franklin Board Newsletter
Volume 3 Issue 2 - May 2012
From the Supervisor
By Art Willman
Another winter seems to be behind us and all
signs indicate that spring has sprung. Some record high
temperatures early on in March gave us a bit of a taste of
things to come, but we were jolted back to reality as
snow and more seasonable temperatures returned to
remind us that we live in the Adirondacks.
Highway Department Equipment Repair and
Over at the highway garage, the guys are working on
repairing and doing maintenance on the equipment from
the winter and on prepping the equipment for the spring
and summer seasons. Among the projects has been a
refurbishing of the York rake and a complete overhaul of
the wood chipper including paint jobs. On a side note,
the grader that Paul put so much TLC into last year was
back in service this year scraping ice off our problem
areas as well as shaping up the large section of the Plank
Rd. that was damaged during Hurricane Irene last
FEMA Projects Resumed
Speaking of Hurricane Irene and last year's spring floods,
we are picking up where we left off last fall. We have
earmarked the necessary resources to close out the rest
of our FEMA projects this year. Among them is the
repair of our dirt roads including the Goldsmith and
Thatcherville roads to name just a couple. We have
purchased a "gently used" roller for the purpose of
compacting the material that we put on these roads.
This will greatly reduce the formation of pot holes and
"wash boarding" that occurs after a few rains in material
that has not been well compacted.
Overall this winter wasn't too rough in terms of
plowing, although some warmer than normal
temperatures resulted in more ice and freezing rain
events, so we probably used a bit more sand than usual.
Right now some of the guys are out sweeping up all that
Town Buildings Improvements
At the Town Hall, we have been a bit busy as well. The
restrooms got some new commodes and we put out bids
for a lighting upgrade and the installation of a standby
generator. The lighting upgrade which was made
possible by a rebate from National Grid consists of
replacing the ballasts and bulbs in the Town Hall with
new, high efficiency components. As we speak, this has
been just about completed. At the Garage, we are going
a step further and replacing the entire fixtures. They are
currently working on that and expect to complete the job
in the next few days. Along with the light fixtures we are
also going to install a "smart" timer to control the
outside area lights. This all should result in some
significant energy savings.
New Town Hall Generator to Be Installed
The standby generator at the Town Hall is long overdue.
Since we frequently experience power outages at all times
of the year and since the Town Hall is designated as a
shelter in the event of a major disaster, it not only makes
sense, it is absolutely necessary. The generator will be a 14 kw, automatic start, propane
generator which will power the Town Hall through a 200
amp automatic transfer switch. It is designed to come
on and exercise itself for several minutes once a week to
ensure that it is ready should an outage happen. This
provides us with the security of knowing that we are
ready in the event of not only minor outages that last for
a few hours to major catastrophes during which we may
not have power for days or even weeks.
Recreation Park Update
Summer Youth Program
Since Summer is just around the corner, we have been
gearing up for the activities at the park. First off, the
Summer Youth Program is all set to begin on July 2nd
from 9 am until 2 pm. We look forward to another great
year. We have been in touch with the Saranac Lake
School District and we are hoping that they will once
again be able to help us out with the lunch program.
Park Improvement Projects
One of the most important things we are going to try to
do is make some serious improvements in improving the
park. First and foremost among these improvements is
enlarging the playing fields. For years the Highway
Dept. has dumped some of the fill that was dug from
roadside ditches at the park. Last Fall and again this
year, the County has been good enough to lend us their
bulldozer to level off the piles of fill and start separating
out some of the debris and rocks mixed in with the dirt.
Now comes the hard part.
Volunteers Needed to Accomplish Improvement
We need a large cadre of volunteers who are willing to
donate their time and labor to help clean up the rocks
and debris and prepare for the next stage which will
include the addition of more fill, some more hand work,
the application of cleaner, more finish type material, and
finally the seeding of the whole area. We have been in
touch with the Kate Mtn. Community Recreation
Association and have asked for their help as well.
Anyone wishing to pitch in and help when we start
scheduling work parties can stop by the Town Hall or
give us a call at 891-2189 or my home at 293-1383. Also,
watch the bulletin board in front of the Town Hall for
notices. Also, anyone wishing to see what we have in
mind can see a drawing of the park and what we are
trying to accomplish at the Town Hall. Local area
groups have expressed an interest in coming to play on
our fields once they are constructed. This could begin to
bring in some revenue to the Town and to our
"Anyone wishing to pitch in and help when we start
scheduling work parties can stop by the Town Hall
or give us a call at 891-2189 or my home at 293-1383.".
Funds Sought for Future Park Projects
Some of the other things we have in mind for the park
are the eventual construction of restrooms, a more
suitable skating area, and eventually perhaps a
community center. The whole thing is to try to
accomplish these things with funding sources other than
tax payer funds. This could include grants, which
currently are very scarce or private funds such as
donations directly to the Town's Capital Projects Fund,
or funds generated through events sponsored by groups
like the Kate Mtn. Community Recreation Association.
The key thing is to do these projects without raising
taxes. It is difficult enough trying to fund the necessities
without trying to pick up some unnecessary albeit highly
desirable projects. I firmly feel that, if we all work
together and pitch in, we can make these things come
Dog License Renewal Reminder
Just a quick reminder: All dogs in the Town of Franklin
are required to be licensed and leashed. If your dog's
license is not current, please stop in at the Town Hall
and renew your dog licenses.
Informal Town Hall Conversations Available
I gave some thought to scheduling some Town Hall
Conversations outside of the normal Board meeting
night. Last year, with the exception of some of the good
people from the Goldsmith Rd. on one occasion, I was
pretty lonely. So if any of you would like to get together
and have a chat about what is going on in the Town, or
if you have any particular concerns or pet peeves, I
would be happy to schedule an evening when we could
chat. Please give a call and we can set it up. That's
about it for now. Until next time, be well.
Establishment of a Franklin County
The Town of Malone officials have been promoting the
establishment of a County Planning Office which is
required in order to get Regional Council grant funding.
On March 9, 2011 Representatives Tim Burpoe and Tim
Lashomb appeared before the Franklin Town Board
requesting support for a study into the establishment of
a County Planning Office. Initially, the Franklin Town
Board (with some reservation) supported a study researching
whether a County Planning Office would benefit all
municipalities in the County of Franklin; however,
subsequently, after considering the pros and cons of the
proposal, the majority opinion of the Franklin Town Board
is that such an office would place an additional tax burden
on residents without any benefit. As a result, the Board
resolved to oppose the establishment of a Franklin County
Lester G. Parker, JR. Appointed as Liaison to
the Association of Senior Citizens in Franklin
Lester Parker replaces Gene Goff who resigned
from the position of the Town of Franklin 55-PLUS
Club Liaison with of the Association of Senior
Citizens in Franklin County. Inc. The Town Board
deemed Lester to be qualified for the position and
acknowledged his willingness to serve; and
therefore, accepted the appointment of Lester G.
Parker, Jr. to the position.
Robert R. Drosdowich, Town of Franklin Codes
Mr. Drosdowich has office hours from 4-6PM on
Tuesdays and that he is always available via his cell
phone (524-6209).Please note that the Town of
Franklin requires building permits.
TOF Requests County to Lower Speed
Limit on Co. Rt. 60
The residents of County Route 60 have expressed
concern over the lack of signage and 55 mph speed limit
of County Route 60. The Town Board agrees that the
lack of signage and 55 mph speed limit represent a risk
to the residents of the area. Therefore, The Town Board
requested that the County of Franklin Superintendent of
Highways implore the NYS Dept. of Transportation to
impose a 40 mph speed limit on the eastern end of the
first two miles of County Route 60 (from the State Route
3 turnoff), removal of the passing zone in the eastern
residential end of County Route 60 and replace it with a
double yellow line.
Additional requests include the posting of "school bus
stop" signs on the right side of the eastern residential
end of County Route 60; and the placement of speed
limits and signage on County Route 60 so as to conform
both ends of the road; and that the February 1, 2012
letter from Mr. & Mrs. Peter Woodcock be included with
any correspondence or forms sent to Franklin County or
NYS Dept. of Transportation.
In the early 1970s an unusual outbreak of arthritis in
children occurred in a rural community near Lyme,
Connecticut. The medical community and researches
were puzzled as to what was causing these symptoms,
typically after a characteristic localized rash appeared.
The cause was later discovered to be a bacterial infection
(Borrelia burgdorferi) transmitted by the deer tick
(Ixodes scapularis); and the condition was named Lyme
disease. Lyme disease may cause symptoms affecting the
skin, nervous system, heart and/or joints of an
individual. Over 95,000 cases have been reported to the
New York State Department of Health since Lyme
disease became reportable in 1986.
According to the Franklin County Health Department
these ticks are widely distributed throughout our area.
They are active in late spring through early fall and reside
in woody and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
Keep ticks off your skin. Cover up. Wear long pants,
long sleeves, and long socks. Tuck pant legs into socks
or boots and tuck shirts into pants. Wash your clothes
with hot water and dry them using high heat for at least
Check your body for ticks and remove them with
fine-tipped tweezers, avoiding tick fluids by wearing
gloves or using tissue. Grasp the tick near the mouth
parts as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick
in a steady, upward motion. Disinfect the bite site with
soap and water, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Record the date and location of the tick bite and
inform your health care provider and watch for early
symptoms of disease over the next few weeks..
Please note that the sources of the information above were publications
provided by the CDC and the New York Heath Department; and this
article is only intended as a guideline for dealing with the tick problem. It
is recommended that you get complete information from the above
captioned sources: CDC: 1-800-311-3435, www.cdc.gov/lyme ;
NYS Health Department: www.nyhealth.gov.
Town Board Meetings
Town Board Meetings
7 p.m. 2nd Wednesdays of the Month at
the Town Hall, Vermontville
55+ Club Meetings
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the Month at
the Town Hall, Vermontville. Bring
"Covered Dish". Contact Donna
St. Paul's Food Pantry
Building behind Town Hall.
Distribution one day a month and as needed...
Make out donations to St. Paul's Food Pantry
C/o Mary Ellen Keith, 9 Tyler Rd, Vermontville, NY
or drop off at Birch bark Deli