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Saranac Lake closes ‘city’ study

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted to close the study started in 2008 that may have move the municipality towards becoming a city.

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted to close the study started in 2008 that may have move the municipality towards becoming a city. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— It looks as though the “Capital of the Adirondacks” will not become a city.

In a contested vote, Saranac Lake Village Board members March 26 decided to close out a study that may have led to the village to change its municipal designation to a city. In 2008, the village received a grant to study the feasibility of a coterminous boundary between the village and the town of Harrietstown. The study left a few different options, including moving boundaries and dissolution.

“The preferred option out of the study was the creation of a city,” Community Development Director Jeremy Evans told board members.

The study was completed about two years ago, and state officials had requested that the village close out the project since there hasn’t been any action on it for the past couple of years. Evans said it would be better for the village to take the lead on closing out the project, instead of waiting for the state to do it.

“I really want to make sure that the members of the committees that were involved got the recognition they were due,” Evans said. “Passing the resolution in front of you does that.”

The resolution passed with a 3-2 vote -- Mayor Clyde Rabideau and trustees Tom Catillaz and John McEneany in favor and trustees Elias “Allie” Pelletieri and Jeff Branch opposed.

“I’m a little disappointed with this resolution,” Pelletieri said, adding that the plan estimated an increase of $900,000 in sales tax revenue. “If you had $900,000 now, that would be 25 percent of the general fund.”

Pelletieri said he never attended a meeting with committee members to talk about the study

“I think this is blindly going down just to satisfy the AMA (American Management Association) annexation, where the mayor promised that to (St. Armand Town Supervisor) Joyce Morency, said it was dead, it was in the paper,” Pelletieri said. “He told those words to Joyce Morency without consulting the board or the committee, so I think this was inappropriately taken up, and I’m sorry to see that the time has run out.”

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