The state Senate has approved a bill allowing the village of Saranac Lake to alienate park land near Mt. Pisgah in order to construct new water infrastructure.
State Senator Betty Little sponsored the legislation, which helps the village fulfill a state requirement to update its century-old water system by year's end.
Officials here say the village intends to construct a new water tower and water line, and that land near the Mt. Pisgah ski center has been tagged as the best location for a new tower.
Additionally, the Mt. Pisgah site meets the state Adirondack Park Agency's 40-foot maximum height requirement and is in close proximity to a newly-drilled well on the northeast side of the village.
Mayor Clyde Rabideau says he's pleased to hear that the Senate approved the legislation, and hopes the Assembly will move quickly to approve a similar bill.
"It's nice, sometimes, to find out that some things do actually go right in Albany," he said. "I'm very happy that this passed - it's kind of a rudimentary bill. But not withstanding, something that gets through Albany should be celebrated. Now we look to the Assembly and hopefully we can get this thing going."
The Senate bill requires the village to substitute land of the same market value for the Mt. Pisgah park land. That amounts to about 2.5 acres.
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is sponsoring a companion bill, which officials are hopeful will pass sometime in the near future.