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New board of trustees tackles parking, trustee benefits

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees held its annual meeting April 13 at the Mirror Lake Beach House, and some familiar issues dominated much of the discussion.

The meeting marked the first official gathering of the board since March 18's election, which ushered in a new mayor, Craig Randall, and two new trustees, Zay Curtis and Art Devlin.

After completing the organizational portion of the annual meeting, the board immediately revisited one of the election's main themes: parking.

Charlie Cowan, a Lake Placid businessman, requested the board look into the creation of a village-wide validated parking policy.

He said the idea is to have customers park at the municipal lot on Main Street, and bring their receipts to business owners to be refunded.

Cowan said allowing his customers to use the municipal lot would free up spaces along Main Street, alleviating some of the parking crunch the village has been experiencing.

"It's something that we could use, I'm sure other businesses could use it as well," Cowan said. "We're not looking to get any sort of deal on the going rates, we'd just like to provide a service to our clients and keep them in the municipal lot and have meters available to other people that might need them."

Mayor Craig Randall thanked Cowan for his input, and said he is working to bring together a committee on parking. The committee will include business owners, employees and residents.

"It was clear to me during my campaign that parking is an important issue to the people of Lake Placid," Randall said.

After the meeting, the new mayor said parking meters, village trolleys, parking fees and fines all need to be addressed as a whole.

"My way of recognizing that will be to put together appropriate stake holders in the village and take a look at the entire parking issue with all the related pieces to it," Randall said. "It doesn't make sense to try and repair one little piece and leave the rest of it still needing attention. My commitment was to involve the village, and I look forward to some very good outcomes from that."

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