April 27, 2013

Fiber-optic project scaled back

DANNEMORA — Fiber-optic lines won’t go as far as expected, due to reduced funding, Dannemora Town Council members learned recently.

State funding of $976,426 grant has been cut in half, according to representatives at SLIC Network Solutions in Nicholville.

Original plans were to install fiber optics from the Clinton County line on Route 374 in Ellenburg near Chateaugay Lake to the west side of Dannemora and Lyon Mountain.

Due to the cuts, the distance has been reduced to end just past the hamlet of Lyon Mountain.

Officials are still trying to determine project service dates.

Fees are expected to be comparable to cable, according to minutes from a recent Dannemora Town Council meeting.


In other business at the meeting, the council discussed: 

Lake drawdown: Officials are looking to once again combat milfoil in Chazy Lake, aiming for a 4-foot drawdown, pending State Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency permit approval.

Chazy Lake dam: Some vegetation in the area surrounding the dam will be removed as weather improves.

Ledger’s Corners contamination study: Water-quality testing continues in the area, where salt contamination in well water forces some residents to haul water for drinking and other use.

Officials planned to meet with Clinton County Administrator Mike Zurlo to discuss assessment issues with salt-affected properties, as homeowners continue to face decreasing property values and are unable to borrow on their properties.

Shared services: Town and Village of Dannemora officials have agreed to share code-enforcement-officer services in the event of emergencies or when availability issues arise.

Workdays: The council established a standard for six-hour workdays for elected and appointed officials.


The next Town Council meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Methodist Church in Lyon Mountain.

All meetings are open to the public.

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