Members of the Lake Placid village board meet.
May 10, Dean Dietrich appeared before the Lake Placid village board to ask for funding for the creation of a new joint comprehensive plan for the town of North Elba and the village of Lake Placid. Town officials had already kicked in $12,500 toward the effort, and the village board voted to contribute the same.
Dietrich said about 50 volunteers are working on the new plan, and they have divided themselves into seven committees. He noted that the planners are still looking for volunteers.
“I’ve talked to you a couple times about the need for funding,” said the former high school history teacher and current town justice. “We’re looking to develop a relationship with a consulting firm sometime during the summer.”
A document Dietrich provided to the board states that $21,200 of the money awarded to the planning project will go to Elan Planners.
Dietrich said that Ray Curran and Lisa Nagle will be the lead consultants on the project. Curran worked for the Adirondack Park Agency for 31 years and lives in Wilmington. Nagle owns Elan Planning, Design, and Landscape Architecture, which is based in Saratoga.
“These guys are professional consultants and operate at a different level than we do as locals. I think you’re familiar with Ray; he’s done some work for you, he does a good job,” Dietrich said.
“They’ve done over 60 comprehensive plans for communities in the Adirondack Park. They’re very familiar with the area and they’d be quite helpful. Not only do they have a good reputation in the area, they have a good reputation in the state — we are going to do another round of grant applications. They would help us write drafts and tell the different subcommittees: Here’s something that’s best practices in the nation.”
Dietrich said he hopes a draft plan is finished by June of 2013.
The current plan is from 1997.
Also at the May 10 meeting, the board voted to allow the Lake Placid Film Forum to screen a film in Mid’s Park shortly after dusk on June 13 and 14.
“The Forum’s struggling,” village mayor Craig Randall told the board. “They’re looking anxiously to try to find some sponsors to help underwrite the costs of what they’re doing. We could consider sponsoring this film showing. I was thinking maybe $500. We do something similar for the Lake Placid Sinfonieta — in return for funding, we hire them for a certain number of performances each summer in Mid’s Park. It adds an element of culture to the community, and I think there’s some value in that.”
The board voted to allocate $500 to support the Film Forum.
In other news, Randall told the board that the village government now has a Facebook page and a Twitter account, which were set up as a way to communicate official information to the public.
Randall noted that he didn’t really know how to use either account; his wife and the village clerk set them up.
“The people around me were saying that we really need to put the rest of the (online) pieces in place,” Randall said. “There are things we can do as long as someone knows how to do it — not me.”
Also at the meeting, board member Art Devlin announced that surplus bricks owned by the village are being stored near the airport and are available to the public for free, and board member Jason Leon congratulated local bicyclists for getting the attention of the state Department of Transportation.
Activists created an online petition asking the DOT to create wide shoulders on Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid in order to make the road safe for biking. Transportation officials have said they are aware of the concerns regarding the road and will accommodate the interests of bikers as best they can when they repave the road.
“It shows that you can make a difference,” Leon said. “I think it’s fantastic.”