MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Put it in the books. The town of Carmel has a new historian.
At its March 6 meeting, the Town Board appointed Mahopac resident Jim Meyer to the post.
“We had all good candidates, but the one who stood out in my mind who I think would do the best job and who really cares deeply about the history of the community is Jim Meyer,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “I know he is going to do a great job. In fact, he’s started already and hit the ground running on some projects he is working on.”
Meyer grew up in Carmel and currently resides in Mahopac.
“I thank the board for having confidence in me,” he told the board at last week’s meeting. “I have already reached out to a lot of people. I’ve been around a long time and everyone seems willing to help out. I am looking forward to serving.”
Meyer is an attorney with Meyer & Spencer, which has offices in Pleasantville and Mahopac, but he brings an impressive resume to the historian job. He was a member of the Environmental Conservation Board (2004-08); a member of the Planning Board (2008-14); he is a member of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6318 (Carmel); a member of the Lake Mahopac Rotary Club (2005-present); and a member of the board of directors of the Carmel Historical Society.
“I am a history buff, particularly local history,’ he said. “I’ve been a member of the Historical Society for many years. They haven’t been that active lately, but I want to work with them.”
Meyer said he lives in Mahopac Hills, which used to be the Mahopac Bungalow Colony—a group of summer homes, “which has its own history,” he said.
“I love the old hotels [that used to be] around Lake Mahopac and I like reading about what was going on in those days,” he said.
Meyer said he wants to reach out to the community for ideas and information.
“Moving forward, I want to meet up with people who have information and maybe old photos,” he said. “There are lots of people who can contribute to the archives. Organizations such as the Putnam Arts Council have a long history and I want to work with them.”
The town historian is a non-paid position.