July 1, 2013

Your Town: Champlain

By FELICIA KRIEG Press-Republican

---- — CHAMPLAIN — The Town of Champlain is still trying to secure a grant to expand its water and sewer system.

“It’s an ongoing thing,” said Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb.

The town was recently denied a state grant that would fund the extension, he said.

However, the town will be applying for another grant this summer, with announcement of funding by October or November, the supervisor said.

The project is a shared initiative of the town and the Village of Champlain, to bring new water and sewer systems to portions of Route 11 and the West Service Road.

In other business:

Paving: Crews will be repaving the final mile of Leggett Road and will also repave Roxham Road in July, Barcomb said.

“We try to do 2 or 3 miles of repaving a resurfacing each year.”

Bathroom: The handicap-accessible bathroom at the Town Office Complex is three-quarters done, Barcomb said.

It should be finished in the early part of July, he said.

The project is costing about $7,200 to complete but a $1,500 state grant paid for some of that cost, Barcomb said.

Towns are required by federal mandate to make bathrooms accessible to those with disabilities.


Pending Projects: Politicians are in contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to get approval for one town project and one that would be executed by a private business.

One is the dredging of the mouth of the Great Chazy River.

“Last year, the river was real low. The marina had a lot of problems getting the big boats out into the Lake,” Barcomb said.

Federal money would fund the dredging, he said.

Barcomb said he spoke with the office of Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) about the project, and he expects a reply soon.

Also, the owner of Kings Bay Campground and RV Park wants to upgrade the property and consulted with the town about how to get approval to do the updates.

“He spends a lot of money there now,” Barcomb said. “He really needs to improve the roads there.”

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) is in contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the project, he said.

Electronics drop box: Late last year, a drop box for old electronics was erected in the parking lot of the town hall.

“That’s been very successful,” the supervisor said.

Residents of the town can place electronics to be recycled in the box any time.

There is no charge, but residents must follow the guidelines posted on the box, Barcomb said. The items are picked up by a company out of Victor once the box is full, he said. The service comes at no charge to the town.

Mortgage tax: The town received a check for $20,641.31 for the town’s portion of mortgage tax distribution for the period lasting from Oct. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

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