Press-Republican

April 9, 2013

Your Town: Town of Champlain

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — CHAMPLAIN — A shared water-and-sewer project was among items discussed at a recent Champlain Town Council meeting.

The council approved a $5,000 engineering agreement for the Town of Champlain and Village of Champlain Shared Water Improvement Project.

The project, which has been a year in the making, may qualify for a zero-interest loan and a grant, Bernier & Carr engineer Matt Cooper said at the meeting.

Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb said on Monday that the hope is to extend public water and sewer from Northeastern Clinton Central School on Route 276 to Route 11, where it would head east to near the boundary between the town and Village of Rouses Point.

“Route 11 will not develop a lot without water and sewer,” he said.

A meeting with engineers in Watertown is scheduled for Wednesday, he said.

A new water tower would also be installed and upgrades made on the existing infrastructure.

The Village of Rouses Point will no longer be participating in the project, Barcomb said.

Cooper said he had drafted a proposal to revise the project to remove Rouses Point.

As well, water and sewer would be installed on West Service Road.

OTHER ACTION

Also at the March meeting:

Bathroom: Champlain Town Court Judge John Favreau received $1,500 in grant funding to make the Town Court bathroom, located in the Town of Champlain Office Complex, handicap accessible.

“We didn’t get the amount of money we wanted to get,” Barcomb said. “But it’s certainly helpful.”

The total cost of the bathroom will be about $7,200, he said.

He estimated the improvements should be complete within three months.

Land: The town has sold a parcel of surplus land amounting to less than an acre to Garceau Auto Sales in the Town of Champlain for $17,000. The land, in the vicinity of South Street between State Route 11 and Church Street, was assessed at $18,800.

The land is shaped like a slice of pie and cannot be built on, Barcomb said. The town reserved the right-of-way for utilities.

He said Garceau Auto paid for the survey and other costs connected to the transaction.

Equipment: A new brush hog will be purchased from Dragoon’s Farm Equipment in Mooers, which had the lowest bid of $8,295. The town will sell the old machine once the new one is purchased.

Television: Instead of buying a projector for the board room as the council had previously discussed, a 60-inch flat-screen TV was purchased and will be mounted on the wall, Council Member Dennis Roberts said.

“We saved more than half by purchasing the TV,” he said. “We are still looking into purchasing a microphone system for the board room, so I will keep the board updated on that.”

Schoolhouse: Champlain resident Suzanne Moore asked the council to consider assuming ownership of the Coopersville School House of History on Bechard Road in the hamlet of Coopersville.

Eddie Bechard, who attended the former school in the 1930s before it was closed, funded the move from the Lake Shore Road and donated the new site, installed new siding, windows and baseboard heat, and NYSEG hooked up power, Moore said.

She asked the council to visit the schoolhouse once the front steps are in place and said the Schoolhouse Committee is planning a grand opening, set tentatively for June.

Barcomb said the town needs to consider what financial responsibility it would assume should it accept ownership.

Anniversary: Roberts is exploring ways to celebrate the 225 years that the Town of Champlain has been a municipality.

Revenue: At its February meeting, the Town Council reported receipt of a $173,529 check from the Clinton County Treasurer’s Office in sales-tax revenue. That figure included both the fourth-quarter share and more funds, over and above the projected amount for all of 2012.

NEXT MEETING

This month, the council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Town Office. The usual meeting date is the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com