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North Elba talks code changes, comprehensive plan, dog control

North Elba Supervisor Robert "Roby" Politi

North Elba Supervisor Robert "Roby" Politi Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— It was Valentine’s Day, and there was a lot of love in the air for Dean Dietrich at the North Elba Town Board meeting.

“We all appreciate everything you do,” Town Supervisor Roby Politi said to Dietrich, chairman of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) for the Lake Placid/North Elba Joint Planning Commission, after a presentation on 11 suggested amendments to the planning code. “You’re a real activist in terms of this project. Quite frankly, it probably wouldn’t have gotten done without you.”

“It’s a good group of people,” Dietrich responded modestly, his face blushing. “There’s plenty of good people out there ... I can’t say enough about people like Bill Billerman, Michael Clarke and Pat Gallagher.”

“We appreciate you coming in here,” Politi said. “It shows us that the process is working when you come in and you’re able to give us a new direction and also give us modifications to a code, in different areas, that you found to be deficient.”

The suggested code amendments include returning parts of Nash Road back to commercial use on the map (which were changed by accident); requiring that neons signs be turned off during non-business hours; eliminating the 30-day time period for correcting a violation and requiring immediate action instead; and increasing the residential density in a Gateway Corridor to 10 units per acre.

As chairman of the Community Development Board for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid, Dietrich also gave the Town Board an update on the comprehensive plan process, which was set to get under way Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, with a public brainstorming session at the conference center.

Dietrich asked the town to give financial support to the Community Development Board. He also made the same request to Lake Placid Village Board members during their Feb. 13 meeting. Dietrich is looking for the town and village to each budget $4,500 a year for three years so the Community Development Board can complete a new comprehensive plan. The anticipated budget is about $50,000, including about $25,000 in expenditures plus in-kind services from the municipalities.

In other news, the Town Board will be advertising for a part-time dog control officer. Currently, the village police handle those duties within the village limits and there isn’t anyone controlling nuisance dogs between the town and village lines.

Supervisor Politi said he will be meeting with officials from the village and the Essex County Public Health Department to explore solutions to the dog control issue.

“We kind of have a problem right now,” Politi said. “We might find a retired person out there who might want to do this.”

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