Members of the Lake Placid Village Board meet.
Members of the Lake Placid Village Board spent much of their March 5 meeting discussing ways to improve the community, including the purchase of a fire truck, sign posts and software for the wastewater treatment plant.
On top of the agenda was the purchase of an aerial fire truck for the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department. Trustees and Mayor Craig Randall approved a bond resolution to borrow an amount not to exceed $1 million to buy a Pierce truck and awarded the bid to Tyler Fire.
“Everybody’s bought into the fact that the Pierce is the truck that fits our needs,” said Trustee Zay Curtis.
There were four bids from three companies, and fire department officials were able to see the trucks, drive them and park them in the firehouse. Village officials decided not to purchase a new truck; instead, they looked at demonstration models that are being driven around the country for sales calls. The Pierce aerial truck has 5,000 miles and will be spruced up at the manufacturing plant before it is delivered to Lake Placid in a few months. New trucks are too expensive, according to board members.
“It’s substantially more money,” Curtis said, adding that a new truck with the same features would run more than $1 million.
The Pierce truck will cost $921,863, and the bonding is for 20 years.
Mayor Randall said this kind of aerial truck is needed in Lake Placid with its taller buildings; otherwise, the larger resorts would be paying higher insurance premiums.
“We got 30 years out of the current truck,” Randall said. “I think it’s reasonable to believe that we’ll see 20 years out of the present equipment that’s being proposed.”
The purchase was approved by Randall and trustees Curtis, Peter Holderied and Jason Leon. Trustee Art Devlin was not present.
The bond resolution is subject to a permissive referendum. That means the public has 30 days to file a petition, with the signatures of at least 20 percent of village voters, which would force a referendum on the fire truck purchase. The 30 days ends April 4.
In other business, a proposal to replace the current sign posts in the downtown business district was quickly adopted by board members. The new sign posts — painted dark green — have an old-fashioned look.
“I think it would add a significant amount of class (to downtown),” Trustee Leon said.
Three options were proposed: 1.) 67 posts from the top of Mill Hill to Mirror Lake Inn and a part of Saranac Avenue up to St. Agnes Church, at a cost of $20,703; 2.) 35 posts from Mill Hill to 1 Main St., across from the High Peaks Resort, worth $10,815; and 3.) 25 posts from the conference center to 1 Main St., at $7,725.
Village board members decided instead to start with one section and add more later on. At the mayor’s request to include the Town Hall, they voted on an amended option three, replacing sign posts from 1 Main St. to the Town Hall.
“It’s a whole lot better than we have,” Holderied said about the new sign posts.
This purchase is credited mainly to the mild winter. The sign posts were not allocated in the current budget; however, the village will be using highway department money that was saved by not removing snow this winter.
Board members took several other actions during their meeting.
•They approved the $16,280 purchase of new software for the wastewater treatment plant, saying the current software is outdated. The new software will also streamline operations and save time, they said.
•They approved Police Chief William Moore’s recommendation to promote Patrolman Francis Strack to sergeant.
•They decided to go out to bid for a new fiberglass boat for the Electric Department to use on Lake Placid.
•They accepted a $51,650 New York Power Authority (NYPA) grant to help pay for a new hybrid shuttle bus, and they approved financing the balance of $55,114 with a three-year, interest-free loan from NYPA.
•And Mayor Randall showed off the plaque that was recently presented to him by the FIBT (Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing) during the 2012 World Championships, held Feb. 13-26 in Lake Placid.
The next Village Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the board room of the North Elba Town Hall.