Village debates selling land to county

The county also plans to fund the relocation of 28 power poles along Old Military Road.

In other business, Trustee Zay Curtis introduced a draft for Local Law No. 3 of 2009 - legislation similar to a law passed by the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees in July.

The law would provide Lake Placid Police Chief Scott Monroe the authority to request the help of other police agencies without first having to contact the mayor, Craig Randall.

Randall says the law is a matter of common sense.

"Other towns and villages are enacting similar laws," he said. "It basically allows the chief to request mutual aid in the event of an emergency without first having to contact myself."

The mayor is considered the chief law enforcement officer for villages, and as such holds the power to request help from other police departments and emergency services.

A public hearing on the proposed local law will be held during the September 21 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The board also passed a motion to allow Trustee Jason Leon and Treasurer Peggy Mousaw to travel to Saratoga Springs on August 25 for a meeting with the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Trustee Leon said the purpose of the trip is to get re-approved for a 2006 Parks Office grant totaling $39,000. The village received the 50 percent matching grant several years ago, but the allotted time to use the funds expired. Leon says it expired primarily due to the regime change after last March's election.

The money would be used at the village's three parks for equipment upgrades and to fight a grub infestation at the Teddy Bear Park off Hill Crest Avenue.

Finally, the board approved the appointment of Joshua Wemette to the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department. Mayor Randall said it's important for young individuals to volunteer.

"At a time when we keep reading about how difficult it is to get young people to volunteer, it's great to welcome a young new recruit to the fire department," he said.

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