Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Adk Action Informational Meeting Set for Old Forge

ADK Action will hold an information session and discussion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 12 at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd.  ADK Action was founded in the Tri-Lakes area as a non-partisan organization in 2007.  Membership is open to both seasonal and full-time Adirondack residents.

“The issues we tackle are politically neutral, but we believe they are of great importance to the future of the Adirondacks,” said Dave Wolff, the organization’s chair. “Some are economic, such as consistent property assessments, universal access to high-speed broadband, and more shared services among the many government jurisdictions of the Park. Some are environmental, such as water quality and salt pollution. We try to focus our limited resources where we can make a difference and, most importantly, we try to take action and make things happen.”

During the meeting in Old Forge Wolff will make a brief presentation explaining the organization’s history and focus. Several members of the group and its board are expected to be on hand to answer questions and share refreshments after the presentation.

According to an ADK Action statement to the press, the group’s accomplishments include:

Encouraging equitable and uniform property assessments by helping reactivate an Adirondack assessors’ organization as well as underwriting the costs and providing administration assistance to the assessors in holding for-credit educational meetings the past two years.

Underwriting a comprehensive report by the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith’s College of the peer-reviewed literature on effects and costs of overuse of road salt and sponsoring two region-wide salt conferences on how to safely reduce road salt in the Adirondacks.

Raising awareness of the need for universal broadband access throughout the Adirondacks and serving a key role in securing grant money which will pay to bring high-speed internet to Long Lake and parts of Hamilton County for the first time next year.

Retaining a professional engineering firm to conduct an impartial study of the relative construction costs and economic impacts of either extending the Adirondack Scenic Railway or converting it to a multi-use trail in the Tri-Lakes, thus providing hard facts to Adirondack communities on which to base a discussion of this contentious issue

Pursuing ways to enhance water quality, including a program initiated by AdkAction.org to offer e-coli testing to Adirondack lake associations for the first time this summer.

Space at the meeting is limited, email info@AdkAction.org to reserve a seat.

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