Ausable Acres Roadside Cleanup

Spring 2020

Time to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Spring Roadside Cleanup!

Drum roll please for the following individuals, families, and neighbors:
Alberts; Bennetts; Conneys; DeFinas; Mary Ilaqua; John & Diane; Cori Potter; Sauers; Shumways and Signorelli’s. Additional thanks go to Knut Sauer and Pete DeFina for helping to organize this year’s cleanup and providing the necessary tools to do it safely.

I think everyone will agree that they did a wonderful job! Our neighborhood looks so clean and refreshed that for me at least, it’s a dream to keep it that way forever! And as a matter of fact, you can by becoming a member of our Adopt-A Road Program! This long standing program runs simultaneous to the Spring and Fall Cleanup schedules and allows you to adopt and maintain a favorite stretch of road year-round. In fact, several people did just that this Spring! Thank you to our new Adopt-A-Road members: The Alberts, Conneys; Cori Potter; and the Rollers. Please note that prior members (thank you!) will be acknowledged in a separate email post.

I’m grateful to everyone who helped out this year. Spring 2020 came on the heels of a very trying chapter in our lives; a time where for many of us, the day to day uncertainties left us feeling unmoored and disconnected. I think I can safely speak for everyone involved when I say, it felt really good to focus on the task at hand and know for certain what it’s outcome would be. We did it and I thank you!

Please direct questions/comments/suggestions to

Spring Trail Work

Because of the Coronavirus emergency, our spring trail work day has been cancelled.

But, the number of people using our trails has increased to an all-time high, as more people realize the value of our trails as a way to exercise and enjoy fresh air during the pandemic. And many people have expressed an interest in giving back to the trails. There are a number of trail projects that Acres residents can safely perform by themselves with no social contact.

If you are interested in working on one of these projects, send an email message to Frank Krueger, our trail coordinator, at, along with your telephone number. Frank will call you back to discuss the various projects.

Spring Roadside Clean-up

Re: Roadside Cleanup

Dear Acres Residents,

Hope you are staying safe and healthy.

We want to take the opportunity to thank those of you who already have been out doing some road side cleanup. Our roads have been cleaner this spring than they have been in past years.

Given the Covid-19 situation we will not hold a “group” roadside clean up event this spring. Rather, we encourage people to get out and enjoy a walk, and if you can, please help out and pick up some garbage while doing so.

The Au Sable Acres Property Owners Association is making available, in a safe way, trash pick-up tools and garbage bags for those of you who want to volunteer and help out. Once you are done, the garbage bag(s) can be dropped off behind the pavilion, or preferably you can have it picked up with your own garbage pickup if possible. The trash pick-up tools we ask that you keep in your possession until when this pandemic is over and we can avoid possible cross contamination.

We ask that you contact us to “register” so we can cross out the roads you will be doing, and arrange delivery of trash bag(s) and pick-up tools. Even if you don’t need pick-up tools or bags, please do let us know which roads you may be doing. Attached is a file with the various road sections and a trail map so you can identify the three sections/landmarks referenced on AuSable Drive from Pavilion to Rt. 86.

If you will drop off the garbage by the pavilion, it is very important that you arrange the drop off with us, including the day and approximate time with us, so we can ensure quick disposal. Only roadside garbage is allowed!

To “register” please contact:
Laurie Conney;

Also, thank you to all of our Adopt A Road Volunteers:
* Joyce Philips-Fir St
* Fran and Steve Shumway-Tannenbaum & Spruce,
* Kathy DeFina-Sawmill from Sequoia Mtn to Summit
* Diane and John Mehrman-first section of AuSable Dr. Off 86
* Lynne and Bill Johnson-Oneida Lane and Sequoia Mountain Lane from  the junction with Oneida to the turn -around at the end.
* Knut & Marisol Sauer-Ridgetop, Hawthorne and Maple Lane
* Frank Krueger-AuSable Drive from Lakeside to Ridgetop. And Sawmill from Alder to AuSable Drive.
* Jim Haig-Oak Hollow Rd., around lake and silver trail, Cherry St. and Butternut
* Fran Shumway- sections of AuSable Drive
* Jim Jacob- AuSable Drive between the two Oak Hollow signs.
* Bob and Lou Moriarty-River Road and Cascades

If any of you wish to make a change please do let us know, and for those of you who may want to sign up, please send an email to Laurie Conney;
Thank you again!
Spring 2020 Roadside Cleanup
Acres Trail Map



Elizabethtown, NY – The Essex County Board of Supervisors is issuing the following statement to its visitors, weekenders, second home owners and short term rental owners and listings:

Essex County currently has four (4) confirmed cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and is responding with measures to proactively reduce further exposure as it impacts our limited resources.

To date we have seen an alarming influx of travelers from outside the County who are staying at second homes and short term rentals, like Airbnb and Vrbo. While you may be seeking refuge from the larger amount of cases downstate, you must be aware that this is a global pandemic. You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this virus, which can be dangerous and even fatal to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted New York State, which is responding with all resources to contain a growing number of cases, which includes more than 20,000 confirmed cases and multiple deaths. Essex County has four (4) confirmed cases, none of which originated from within the county. However, a number of exposures will increase with the movement of non-residents into our area from other parts of the state and country, which will result in an inordinate strain upon the resources of public health, first responders, health care providers, our hospitals and other government personnel.

Essex County is an extremely rural county with only 38,000 residents. We have few hospitals and those that we do have are not capable of handling an increased number of patients. Additional needs presented with the increased presence of out-of county persons at our hospitals will tax our medical care system beyond its capacity. Currently, Essex County and its medical providers have limited COVID-19 test kits and will not be able to test for the disease and have stringent guidelines as to who can receive these tests.

Additionally, as a rural county, most small businesses are closed, services are severely strained and grocery stores, while still open to the public, are experiencing a shortage of food and basic supplies. Grocery store hours of operation are being modified to keep up with the demand.

As a vaccine does not exist, we have limited capacity to test, our hospitals are small and incapable of handling additional influx and our stores and infrastructure are incapable of providing supplies to a larger population, we are asking that you respect the integrity of our hospitals and infrastructure and not travel to Essex County from any area at this time. This is in keeping with federal and state mandates that people stay at home and stay put. It is far better for you to stay home and limit your movements. You should not have an expectation that resources will be available to you here that are not available to you in your home town. Essex County has a limited number of health care resources and hospital beds and there is no testing .

In addition, the Essex County Board of Supervisors strongly and respectfully requests that all property owners, (including second homeowners) remove any shorter rental  listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo immediately and not rent. As we work together to minimize the spread of this virus across our most vulnerable populations, we respectfully ask that property owners comply with this request to limit new exposures and protect the health and welfare of all by removing short-term rental listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo, and not renting their short-term rentals.

Finally, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, or other social events) are canceled or postponed through April 22, 2020, pursuant to NYS Executive Order 202.10. In relation to Airbnb, Vrbo dwellings that are rented by multiple families, Essex County views that as a violation of this Executive Order.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Shaun Gillilland, Chairman
Essex County Board of Supervisors


Please Join us for our spring roadside clean-up day on Saturday, May 9th, at 9:00 am.

We’ll meet at the Lake Eaton pavilion at 9:00AM and then spread out in teams.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, we expect each stretch to be about 1-2 miles and we should be done within an a hour and a half or so.

Garbage bags and the long handled pick-up tongs will be provided.  If anyone has a pickup truck to help drop the garbage bags at the Town of Jay sandpit towards the end of Ausable Drive that would be great.

The event is rain or shine.

Please bring your neighbors and friends as we need all the help we can get!

RSVP or if you have questions contact