LAKE PLACID - Last week's meeting of the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board included the rejections of two proposals because of zoning technicalities.
Representatives from the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service attended the meeting to share plans to upgrade their facilities.
Located on River Street in Lake Placid, the current ambulance facility is approximately 30 years old. Plans include expansion of the garage to provide space for a third vehicle, and creating access to the garage from the building's Mill Pond Drive side.
Ambulance Service officials said they originally sought a move to Uihlein on Old Military Road, but those talks stalled. Instead, a new entrance will be constructed on the River Street side of the building, and inside rooms for decontamination will be added in the basement. The plans also call for a new meeting room on the third floor.
Review Board Chairman Bill Hurley said the plans should "dress up" the Mill Pond Drive entrance. The board praised the project, but stopped short of claiming jurisdiction due to zoning conflicts.
Instead, Hurley recommended the developers go to the Zoning Board of Appeals and apply for the necessary variances, and then seek approval from Code Enforcement Officer Jim Morganson.
In other business, the board opted not to approve Judy Wood's request for a land-use permit at Cunningham's Ski Barn on Main Street. Wood, owner of Wood's Good Food, had sought a temporary vendors permit from the village board for the seasonal hot dog stand.
On June 1, village officials told Wood that, because of a recent rule change, she had to approach the Joint Review Board for permission rather than the village board.
"Basically, the village board has said because the business will be located on private property, it is a matter of land use," Hurley said. "That's why Judy is here."
Hurley said the board could approve the project under the ancillary commercial use clause, but other board members argued that ancillary use implies the business provides a secondary function to the primary property owner.
"That means, if a restaurant owner wants to have a sidewalk caf outside the main place, it's supposed to be subordinate to the primary business," Kitty Nardiello noted, "and hot dogs aren't subordinate to skis."
But Hurley claimed the board had the authority to operate within the code while still practicing common sense.
"It's a fairness issue," he said. "The Woods have operated this business for a number of years, and now that the village has changed the rule, no one is quite sure what they are supposed to do."
In the end, the board did not have the four votes required to approve the Woods' request, and Hurley told them to file with the Zoning Board of Appeals.
"Get the necessary variances, and come back here and we will vote again," he said.
The board approved an application filed by Andrew Quinn, owner of Desperados, to place a 20-foot by 20-foot slab of granite outside the restaurant for seating purposes.
Andrew's brother, Mike, appeared on behalf of the restaurant, and assured the board the patio space would be cleared of customers by 10 p.m., in accordance with a municipal noise ordinance.
Finally, Chair Six owner Charley Levitz sought the board's approval to extend his current restaurant hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to include dinner hours through 10 p.m. in the summer and 9 p.m. during the offseason. That request was also approved.