Request for Proposals (RFPs) were distributed to seven contractors for consideration this past week. Four contractors visited the dam and reviewed the required work with the Lake Manager and our Engineer. It is anticipated that there will be three bids submitted. These bids were due on Thursday, October 11. The RFP specified that the work be completed by December 15, 2018.

Also this week, the Adirondack Park Agency returned the USF’s request for Jurisdictional Inquiry, determining that the dam repair work would not require a permit or variance from the APA.

In addition, the Town of Harrietstown held the first of two required public hearings on October 10. The Harrietstown Planning Board unanimously voted to move the project on to the Zoning Board of Appeals, determining there was no advisory opinion needed. The next public hearing, scheduled for October 23rd, is to present the project to the Zoning Board of Appeals for approval.

The Engineering Design Plan and accompanying report has been completed and submitted to the NYSDEC Dam Safety Division. The USF has formally requested emergency authorization to complete repairs to the dam. Through preliminary discussions with the DEC, it is anticipated that this request will be granted immediately.

Due to recent heavy rains and increase in the Lake Level, additional sandbags were added to the temporary coffer dam. The coffer dam was in jeopardy of having spillover. The Coffer Dam was raised an estimated 8”-10”. The lake has come up nearly 3.5” since late August and is now above average for his time of year. To see the water level graph including record highs and lows, visit the USF’s web page at  https://usfoundation.net/programs/water-quality/lake-level/

A proposed agreement was drafted by the USF and will be submitted to the Bartlett Carry Club requesting access to the dam for work this fall, as well as in the future.

Lastly, the response from the Lake Community to financially support this effort has been very encouraging. The Upper Saranac Foundation thanks those who have already supported this project, and asks those who have not to please consider a donation to the Bartlett Carry Dam fund at www.usfoundation.net/donate.