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Officials concerned with Criterium's impact on SL business

Trustee Tom Catillaz wondered if there were other locations for the race - locations that wouldn't force closure of downtown streets. His colleague on the board, Allie Pelletieri, says he's looked at maps of the village, but he can't find a short loop that would mirror the current set up.

Pelletieri says if the race wants to stay on the same course, the event should be wrapped up by noon.

Meanwhile, trustees want to look at how other events that block-off downtown to motorized traffic can be better organized to lessen the impact on local residents.

Rabideau says he's had conversations with village police Chief Bruce Nason and village Manager John Sweeney about events like the Block Party.

"And we're thinking that perhaps addressing the Block Party and shortening up the streets they block off so you can at least have access to Woodruff Street and maybe we'll shorten up those roads a touch more to give as much access to downtown merchants as possible while still keeping the integrity of the event," he said. "That will be something John [Sweeney] will be working on with the organizers."

Earlier this week, the Criterium's race director, Jim Walker, told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the event is gaining a "real reputation" in the northeast.

But he adds that the race can't expand too fast, or else organizers would have difficulty running the event efficiently.

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