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New Milford: East Lake (Again)
By Melinda Darrow

Once again, the East Lake Campground situation became a primary topic of discussion at the August 20 New Milford Township meeting. Mr. Bevan opened the discussion, inquiring if sewage permits had yet been applied for by the owner. Upon receiving a negative response, Mr. Bevan and a few other visitors confronted the supervisors at length over the situation.

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ELSD Adopts Transportation Policy
By Melinda Darrow

Due to a scheduling conflict, no Transcript reporter was present at the August 20 Elk Lake School Board meeting. Right after the meeting ended, however, an opportunity presented itself to speak with the board president and secretary, who explained the new transportation policy enacted that evening.

The district has, over the course of some months, been working to come up with a transportation compensation plan to offset escalating fuel costs. They did not want repeated increases to lead to repeated adjustments, but sought a single plan which would provide a lasting and flexible solution in a changing fuel market. The policy enacted that evening, which is set to last for five years effective from August 1, 2008 through June 30, 2013, establishes a Fuel Adjustment Supplement which theoretically has the ability to meet contractor needs without subsequent repeated adjustments. It is based on the gallons used, regardless of the miles per gallon a particular vehicle uses. It is designed to apply to late runs as well as regular runs, such that a separate plan is rendered unnecessary.

The FAS is designed to be used solely at the district's pumps; contractors choosing to use outside gas sources forfeit the supplement. It utilizes a base cost, established in 2005, of $2.20 per gallon, and is calculated by the number of gallons used times the price of fuel over the base price. This means that for a fuel increase which ranges between $2.20/gal. and $4.00/gal. the district will pay 50% of the fuel cost increase. It will pay 70% of increases ranging from $4.01 to $5.00, and 80% of increases ranging from $5.01 to $6.00. If the price exceeds the $6.00 cap the board will reopen the formula for further discussion.

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