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Village organizes, clerk questions linger

Members of the Lake Placid Village Board meet.

Members of the Lake Placid Village Board meet. Photo by Andy Flynn.

The Lake Placid Village Board sped convivially through its annual organizational meeting on April 2, prompting Trustee Jason Leon to term Craig Randall the “Hussain Bolt mayor.”

All Village officeholders with terms set to expire this month (including those of Treasurer Peggy Mousaw, Attorney Janet Bliss, and Historian Beverly Reid) were reappointed for another year.

Village Clerk Kathryn McKillip remains on the job more than a year after a New York State audit identified serious flaws in Lake Placid’s accounting practices and recommended pursuing criminal charges against her. She denies all wrongdoing and Randall has said he is comfortable with her position. She was not reappointed to the job last spring, but remains in office until someone else is named Village Clerk.

“The Village Clerk situation remains unsettled, but we’re making progress,” said Randall, “so it stays the same.”

All Village Trustees other than Leon are set to forego compensation this year.

“The poor teacher is taking his $5,000 a year,” Leon remarked. The other trustees are Randall, Zay Curtis, Art Devlin and Peter Holderied.

Randall announced that a public hearing regarding a planned expansion of a townhome development will be held April 11 in the Town Hall. The land in question is near the North Elba Cemetery on Old Military Road. The developers, J&J Enterprises, want approximately four acres to be rezoned.

The board also voted to allow National Bank and Trust (NBT) to station a lift truck in three parking spaces in front of its Main Street office for 40 days in April and May as part of the bank’s efforts to refurbish the building’s exterior. NBT will pay to use the spaces.

Near the end of the meeting the board voted to authorize Kiwanis to hold the organization’s annual Plunge for a Cause at the village beach on April 28.

“Who’s joining me?” asked Leon.

There were no takers.

The next Village Board meeting will be held April 16 at 5:30 p.m. The board meeting scheduled for May 7 has been rescheduled for May 10.

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