Town of
Lake Pleasant
2019 Flu Clinics Set
September 11, 2019
Ambulance/Fire Truck Access
August 20, 2019

Code Enforcement Officer Bob Benkovich stresses the importance of easily seen house numbers and driveways ambulances and fire trucks can navigate. House numbers should be visible from the road, 4 inches tall and reflective. International Fire Code Section 511 requires driveways leading to detached one- and two-family dwellings having received local site plan approval after Jan. 1, 2011 be a minimum unobstructed width of 12 feet and a minimum unobstructed height of 13 feet 6 inches. Dead-end driveways longer than 500 feet are supposed to have a turnaround suitable for fire trucks, and if less than 20 feet wide must have turnouts of 50 feet long and 20 feet wide at least every 500 feet.

Coyote Bites Dog
July 24, 2019

Town of Lake Pleasant Animal Control Officer Mike Peck reports an unleashed dog on the Lake Pleasant Central School soccer field was bitten by a coyote Saturday evening, July 20, while the dog’s owner watched.

Peck learned of the incident when he was notified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife Big Game Biologist James H. Stickles believes the incident happened because the dog was about 25 yards from its owner, and suggests the town make efforts to publicize it leash law.

“The dog was about the size of a large coyote so it sounds like a territorial attack,” he wrote in an email to Peck. The dog survived the attack.

Peck will post notices of the law in public places. He says the leash law is intended to protect pets as well as people. The pertinent section reads: "It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog in the Town of Lake Pleasant to permit or allow such dog to:

"A. Run at large, unless the dog is restrained by an adequate leash or unless it is accompanied by its owner or a responsible person and under the full control of such owner or person. For the purpose of this Article, a dog or dogs hunting in company of a hunter or hunters shall be considered as accompanied by its owner."

Baffle, bother and bewilder bears
May 14, 2019

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is dealing with one or more nuisance black bear in the Village of Speculator.
The best way to avoid a problem is to take your garbage to the transfer station (but do not accumulate it in your vehicle; bears can easily destroy a car or truck to reach garbage).
If trips to the transfer station are not possible, DEC advises taking the following steps to avoid attracting bear to homes.
· NEVER FEED BEARS INTENTIONALLY. Feeding bears intentionally is illegal and can result in a ticket. Bears that obtain food from humans will continue to seek food from humans and become nuisance bears that may have to be euthanized.
· Remove all bird feeders.
· Keep garbage, grills, pet food, and bird seed inside a solid, secure structure (house, shed, garage, etc.).
· If grills cannot be secured, move them away from houses and remove grease traps after each use.
· Put garbage on the curb the morning of collection, not the night before, and use bear-resistant trash containers.
· Close garage doors and ground-floor doors at night.
Anyone who sees a bear is asked to report it immediately to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518-897-1300.
The Village of Speculator is attempting to address this problem by putting out “bear cans” for garbage. They are expected to arrive in June.
The Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the DEC, Village of Speculator and Town of Lake Pleasant, will host its first “Bear and Wine Festival” Oct. 5 to raise bear awareness and raise money for more animal proof containers for the village.

Listen to Town Board meetings on line
February 15, 2019
Elderly? Sick? Disabled?
January 21, 2019
Let Town Clerk Deborah O’Rourke know… 518-548-3625 ext. 2. She can put you on a list of people to be checked on during emergencies.
It's Your Money
January 21, 2019
Important Information:
-- Three new capital reserve funds are in the 2019 Budget: $30,000 for a groomer, $15,000 for a loader and $12,000 for a garbage truck. The town board is trying to plan ahead so borrowing -- and resulting interest payments -- is not necessary.
-- The board has contracted for a high deductible health plan tied to a health savings account, with the town paying the deductibles. This saved close to $30,000 in projected health insurance premiums for 2019.
-- Highway Department workers will get a 2% COLA and a 2% raise plus another small raise incurred to adjust the town’s grade and step scale to eliminate “merit pay” that was treated as raises by the previous administration.
BOTTOM LINE: .7% tax levy increase and healthy fund balances