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May 2019

We’ve seen great progress this year in achieving initiatives designed to upgrade town road infrastructure. Additionally we have secured grant funding for continuation of the boat steward/decontamination personnel and milfoil harvesting for a three year duration on Schroon Lake and the Horicon boat launch. Our considerable lobbying efforts have resulted in the New York State of Transportation (DOT) allowing Warren County to continue the acquisition of land and design phase of the replacement of the Middleton bridge two miles north of the existing bridge. This will provide for much quicker emergency response by Fire and EMS. Federal, State and local funding is currently slated for 2022/2023.

The 1881 Adirondack church project is slated to be completed before fall of 2019.

A new challenge facing the town is the need to repair extensive deterioration of the Millpond fountain. Currently I’m working on repair options that will ensure longevity.

Our biggest challenge going forward is the need to address town infrastructure needs while still remaining below the state imposed 2 percent tax cap. So far we have been successful.

I continue to aggressively advocate for Horicon. To this end I have established relationships not only at home but at the state and federal levels that will help us achieve our aims. So far these relationships have been very productive and I believe hold much promise for our future.

Please join me in believing we can achieve a brighter tomorrow for Horicon by working together to achieve our goals.

Matt

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January, 2018

2017 has been an exciting year for Horicon.

There’s been a lot of hard work going on to improve the environment in both Brant Lake and Adirondack. We’ve completed Schroon Lake water quality projects in Adirondack with a grant from the Department of State. Our Lake Steward Decontamination program has been expanded on both Schroon and Brant under a DEC grant that provided a 75% reimbursement of labor costs. The Town budget was increased this year to allow for an expanded effort to reach a maintenance level of Eurasian Milfoil in Brant Lake.

Some other noteworthy projects we’re proud of is the new dam and bridge over the Brant Lake outlet into Mill Pond. New fencing around town that’s getting a lot of positive feedback! This fall, the boat launch on Brant was paved to improve access for residents and visitors.

Another highlight is funding for the North Warren EMS at a sufficient level to provide ALS coverage 24/7 for 2018…something that is very important even for a small community like ours.

Good new for all Adirondackers, State voters have approved a constitutional amendment to create a land bank in the Adirondacks & Catskills that will let local towns and villages greatly reduce the time frame for public projects on State Forest Preserve land. That means projects like the Middleton Bridge over the Schroon River in the Town of Horicon can be completed without amending the State Constitution, a process that takes years. Now, local governments can purchase small pieces of state land for local projects and the State will add that amount of land to the land bank else where.

Enjoy your winter whether you spend it snowmobiling, ice fishing, skating, sledding, skiing or just curling up in front of the fireplace!

—Matt Simpson