Chamber plans move to Essex County

The chamber, which is presently located in the Town of Harrietstown Town Hall, is the largest business group in the Tri-Lakes area with over 400 members. Town of Harrietstown supervisor Larry Miller said the chamber has been a great presence in the town building.

"For the town, the important aspect is not where the chamber is located but what the chamber does and we don't expect their commitment to our region to change," he said. According to Nelson, about 80 percent of SLACC's members rely on tourism, and a slim majority operate mainly in Essex County.

"From the visitor's point of view, they do not know where Essex County ends and Franklin County begins," said Nelson. "What they want is to be pointed into the right direction so they find what they are looking for."

Thirty-four chamber of commerce members attended a meeting Feb. 25 to discuss the move, with most expressing approval of the partnership. The meeting resulted in the formation of a task force designed to address some of the questions raised.

"Some of our members had some questions," Nelson said. "They were not insurmountable questions - they were legitimate questions. Certainly, we didn't have all of the answers. So we put together a task force to address those questions and come up with some answers and then report back to the general membership."

The task force consists of seven chamber members and is expected to report back sometime in March.

Among the issues discussed were signage and visibility at the North Elba Town House. According to Nelson, she had previous discussions with McKenna, and both agreed numerous entities would need to collaborate to develop a signage system that will work effectively.

Chamber members also wondered how to address the issues of parking and handicapped restrooms. Currently, the only restrooms available at the town house are located in the basement.

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