Lake Placid residents are being asked to attend a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at the North Elba Town Hall to share their views on the traffic and parking situation on Parkside Drive, seen here on the lower end. One option is to change the street to one-way traffic. Mirror Lake Drive is in the foreground, and the white car is headed toward Morningside Drive.
The village of Lake Placid is asking residents for their views on the Parkside Drive traffic and parking situation and has set a public meeting on the topic.
“There’s some ideas (we have), and I think there may be others if we allow people to speak,” Mayor Craig Randall said at the Village Board meeting Monday, July 30 at the Mirror Lake beach house.
Parkside Drive is a busy street in the heart of Lake Placid. The lower end is residential and connects Morningside Drive (location of the Lake Placid Club golf courses) with Mirror Lake Drive (location of the North Elba Town Hall, National Sports Academy and village beach). The upper end is a mix of residential and commercial properties and connects Mirror Lake Drive with Main Street. People park there to access the beach, park, tennis courts, beach house, Adirondack Community Church and the post office.
Both ends are popular parking areas due to the free parking, which is scarce in Lake Placid.
Mayor Randall suggested that Parkside Drive residents be sent an official invitation to the public meeting — set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 — which will follow the Village Board’s regular meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Yet Trustee Zay Curtis III said the entire community should be welcome to attend.
“I think it affects more than just the (Parkside Drive) residents,” Curtis said.
During the meeting, the Village Board will be seeking the public’s input on traffic flow and parking (including whether to install meters and a parking limit).
“We’re really looking for long-range solutions here,” Randall said.
Traffic flow is of paramount concern to some residents, and they will be asked: Would you like to see a one-way street? If so, which way should the traffic flow?
The mayor told Village Board members he’s cracking down on illegal vendors who have been setting up tents and selling products and services on public and private land during summer events. Two people were caught the weekend of Ironman Lake Placid, one during the canoe and kayak weekend and one person was confronted the day of the Village Board meeting (July 30).
“None of these vendors are licensed to do what they are doing,” Randall said.
Vendors are not allowed to sell anything on public property and must obtain a hawker’s license from the village before selling on private land (with permission of the owner). The village code enforcement officer is in charge of enforcing the vendor situation, Randall said.
The mayor announced that the village recently sold the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department’s old aerial truck for $10,000 and it was going to be used in Alexandria Bay. The new aerial truck is currently in service and was used for the first time to help pick up debris from the violent storm that swept through the region on July 17, according to Trustee Curtis.
Street paving is winding down this week in the McKinley Street section of the village, and the busy intersection of McKinley Street, Wesvalley Road and Mill Pond Drive (location of the old Barry & Wilson building) was to be closed for several hours Wednesday, Aug. 1 for paving.
“It will be inconvenient as all paving is,” Curtis said.
Traffic was to be rerouted.
Village Board members also passed a resolution supporting the Deep Energy Retrofit project at the St. Eustace Episcopal Church’s rectory. The mayor will send a letter of support to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council in the hope that the project will be nominated for funding.