May 23, 2018 - Hamilton County Express – 05/24/2018

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May 23, 2018 - County supervisors hear update on emergency communications project

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT — Trees, mountains, lakes and streams are what attract visitors to Hamilton County, but when it comes to members of the local emergency response team composed of police, fire and ambulance, the trees and mountains can get in the way of communicating who needs help and where.

On May 16, members of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors gathered to discuss emergency response communications with Mark Hoppe, principal consultant at Blue Wing, St. Paul, Minn.

The county has been working with Blue Wing for several years to enhance emergency communications, better known as interoperable communications, throughout the county.

Interoperable communications refer to the ability of emergency responders to communicate and share voice and data information.

Hoppe began the meeting by saying microwave signals from emergency communication tower to emergency communication tower is the most reliable and effective, but you have to see one tower site to another tower site.

EMS and fire use low band to communicate, while police use high band.

Hoppe also mentioned that in addition to being able to have a direct line of sight from tower to tower, the towers need to be located on mountains that have roads and power lines to the site.

A recent addition to communication towers is the one on East Mountain. Because it is located on private property, not on state land, some trees were cut to open up a line of sight. If it were on state land, the tower would have to have been much higher or the site would have been eliminated because of the trees getting in the way.

TOWER SITES

Hoppe listed the following current and potential tower locations in the county: Blue Mountain, Cathead Mountain, East Mountain, Inlet (to be determined), Sheriff at Lake Pleasant, Mount Sabattis, Morehouse, Oak Mountain, Raquette Lake (to be determined), Tower Hill (Indian Lake), and Wells at water tower.

FUNDING

It was in December 2013, that Hamilton County won a Communications Grant in the amount of $2,530,385 from the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) for a new communications system.

When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on Feb. 1, 2018, it passed several resolutions pertaining to improving emergency communications with the funding for it coming out of the grant.

One phase of the communications project is to replace all existing land-based radios used by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at Lake Pleasant, Oak Mountain and Blue Mountain.

Hamilton County Emergency Services has received a quote from Capital Digitronics for complete P25 compliant Harris Radio systems for all three locations under NYS Contract in the total amount of $74,695.94, including all installation and programming costs.

The board authorized a purchase order be made to Capital Digitronics for the Harris Radio Systems with funding to be charged against the Statewide Communications Grant.

A purchase order in the amount of $542,297.23 was issued to Lightspeed Technologies for the microwave system and a five-year warranty.

However, further information revealed through a design workshop session held between Nokia and Lightspeed Technologies, Blue Wing consultants and programmers from the New York State Police showed that four additional 7705 router cards, programming and additional antenna and radio pieces to accept and control said routers were needed to make the microwave system work properly. Blue Wing consultants manages the microwave system for the Adirondack Regional Interoperable Communications Consortium, of which Hamilton County is a functioning member.

The board approved a change order drafted by Lightspeed Technologies, which lays out the additional microwave pieces and programming at a cost of $26,877, resulting in the new amount of $569,174.23.

MORE MONEY NEEDED

After the presentation provided by Hoppe, Arietta Supervisor Rick Wilt, who has been the front man for the board on emergency communications, was asked to provide a rough estimate on how much more it would cost to make emergency communication fully interoperable throughout the county.

“The next step would be the need to secure an additional $5 million in grants,” Wilt said.



May 23, 2018 - DEC and state parks “Outdoors Day” celebrations set

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announces that New York State is hosting free “Outdoors Day” events across the state on Saturday, June 9. The events are part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Adventure NY initiative to connect people to nature and provide increased access to outdoor recreation through hands-on activities. Outdoors Day events are planned for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to try out a wide range of recreational activities.

DEC Commissioner Seggos said, “With nearly five million acres of land open to the public to explore, New Yorkers have endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. DEC is excited to host Outdoors Day events on June 9 and open up new possibilities for outdoor recreation for people of all ages. We encourage you to spend the day with us enjoying the outdoors and trying a new skill.”

At the event schedule at Nick’s Lake, Outdoors Day participants will be able to discover new skills and try out a range of introductory outdoor recreation activities including fishing, bird watching, hiking, paddling, archery and a camping demonstration.

These family-friendly, open-house type events will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details, including schedules and registration requirements can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/113380.html.     

Fishing: The I Fish NY program will be offering free catch-and-release fishing clinics for all ages. Learn about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories, and good places to fish. Participants may bring their own gear but rods and reels will be available for loan.

Camping 101: Visitors can try their hand at camping basics by pitching a tent on the lawn and learning what and how to pack for a camping trip. When the day is complete, participants will be prepared for an outdoor adventure of their own.

Paddling: Learn the basics of this fun fast-growing sport and try getting out on the water.

Archery: Try your hand at getting a bullseye with a bow and arrow and learn important safety tips.

Birdwatching: Learn how easy and fun it is to enjoy birdwatching almost anywhere.

Hiking: Take a short hike and learn the basics of finding the perfect trails to get out on your own.

DEC manages 4.6 million acres of public lands, including three million acres in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves, 55 campgrounds and day-use areas, more than 5,000 miles of formal trails, and hundreds of trailheads, boat launches, and fishing piers. Plan your next outdoor adventure and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 71 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit http://www.parks.ny.gov/, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.



May 23, 2018 - Roalsvig and Martin named Long Lake Central School Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

LEIF ROALSVIG

LONG LAKE — Long Lake Central School has announced the top two students from the graduating Class of 2018.

Leif Roalsvig, son of Alex and Paul Roalsvig, has been named valedictorian. In addition to earning the highest overall average, Leif will be graduating with an advanced regents designation with honors and a mastery in science.

Leif has received numerous accolades for his academic achievement. He is a member of National Honor Society, and a charter member of the school’s People for People Club. He is also interested in film and has acted as videographer for both the Town of Long Lake and the school. In the summer months, Leif is employed at the Adirondack Trading Post. In the fall Leif plans to attend SUNY Oswego to study physics.

KYLIE MARTIN

Kylie Martin, daughter of Glenn Martin and Sharon Martin, has been named salutatorian. In addition to earning the second highest overall average, Kylie will also be graduating with an advanced regents designation.

Kylie is actively involved in the school community. She is the vice president of both the National Honor Society and Student Council, and is a member of the Envirothon Team and the tennis club. She also volunteers, serving as varsity basketball scorekeeper for the last three years. In the summer months she is employed at Skyline in Tupper Lake and The Park in Long Lake. This fall Kylie plans to attend Siena College to study finance & business.



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Hamilton County Express – 05/24/2018

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