TUPPER LAKE - The town board decided Monday night not to pursue treating its waterways to kill black flies in 2013, but kept the option open for the future.
Town council members gave town Supervisor Roger Amell approval to call Kathy Vanselow of Bioconservation Inc. and let her know the town is withdrawing its call for bids on black fly treatments. Vanselow was the only one to submit a bid for the work in July, asking for $30,000 a year plus a $5,000 initial mapping fee.
Amell said there were a few reasons that the plan wasn't going to work for next year.
For one, the developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort, a proposed large-scale housing development for the Big Tupper Ski Area and the land around it, would not complete negotiations to help pay for the treatments.
"We couldn't get a solid contract with ACR," Amell said.
In addition to that, the Read family, which owns most of the watershed around Little Simond Pond near the base of Mount Morris, told the Enterprise it plans to block the pesticide treatments on water in their control.
If the Reads don't let the treatments happen on their lands and waterways, it won't be effective, Amell said.
Town board member David Tomberlin, who is also head of the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and a vocal proponent of the Adirondack Club and Resort, placed the blame squarely on the Read family.
"Black flies will persist courtesy of the Reads," Tomberlin said.
This year's black fly season wasn't bad, said Councilwoman Patti Littlefield. She was more bothered by mosquitoes and other insects than she was by black flies. Other board members agreed.
Councilwoman Kathy Lefebvre said the board can revisit the issue next year.