Trustees withdraw grant for housing project

"That's three wins in my book and I'm all for it," he said.

Trustee Allie Pelletieri says the partnership meets the needs of the community and its citizens.

"It also reflects my ideas in having people pay taxes - we all pay taxes and if we all pay taxes, it's a lesser burden on us all," he said.

Pelletieri also pledged to donate a week's worth of work on the first house to be built or refurbished under the partnership.

Trustee John McEneany voted against the resolution entering the village into a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Following the meeting, he said that wasn't necessarily a vote against the bill, but a request for more information.

"I have some questions on the administration end," he said. "I want to know how Habitat for Humanity chooses its candidates. I'm just unclear and I wanted more time to look at that. But I'm not opposed to it - I think it's an excellent organization that does excellent work. I just had a couple questions that I wanted to get answered and I obviously couldn't get them answered."

Allen Dunham is chairman of the housing corporation's board of directors. He told WNBZ Tuesday he's disappointed with the board's decision to withdraw the grant funding, noting that a recent survey by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce showed a need for more affordable housing in the village.

"We felt that this was a very shortsighted decision both by the mayor and this board," Dunham said. "Especially in light of them trying to promote the area for jobs and economic growth - I don't think they fully understand what that really means. Everybody wants jobs, but you can't have jobs without good, affordable workforce housing."

Dunham says AHDC provided an offer to the village that allowed cash flow for the housing project while also paying some taxes to the village through a PILOT.

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