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LP to spend $20,000 on stormwater management plan

The village of Lake Placid will spend $20,000 to design a stormwater management plan for Mirror Lake.

Work will focus on the east shore, where stormwater runs directly into the lake.

The more intensively developed west shore, which includes Main Street, already has a storm water management system that filters out sand, oil, cigarette butts and other debris before drainage enters the lake.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has given the village a $10,000 matching grant to improve water quality in Mirror Lake, a water body that is part of the Lake Champlain watershed.

The village agreed this week to pull $10,000 from its contingency fund to match the grant.

Mayor Craig Randall said the improvements in water quality are especially important for protecting aquatic life. The spring fed lake is well-known among local anglers for its excellent lake trout fishery.

Part of the watershed improvement strategy will include educating the public.

Trustee David Jones presented a red brick made out of rubber at Monday's board meeting. The brick is imprinted with a metal plaque that reads "No Dumping, Drains to Lake."

The imitation bricks will be placed near storm drains around the lake and are designed to withstand the village's snow removal equipment. Mayor Randall said the red rubber bricks are actually "very green," because they are made out of recycled tires.

In other news, the village has hired General Code to digitize the village board minutes and laws at an annual fee of $350 per year.

General Code has already digitized village records going back to 1900, when the village was founded.

The minutes and laws will be linked on the village website and will be searchable by keyword, a development that trustees said will improve access to the information and save time.

The digital records will also serve as a backup in case physical records were ever damaged. Trustee Jones said the village is pleased to be entering the 21st century.

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