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Saranac Lake village approves farmers' market

Contentious issue ends in re-vote

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 didn’t take long for Saranac Lake Village Board members to settle in to their new home on the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall during the Jan. 23 meeting, the first one since moving from the old village offices at 3 Main St. a week prior.

The sometimes contentious proceedings — with Mayor Clyde Rabideau strictly enforcing Robert’s Rules of Order — made for a few tense moments, none more so than when trustees reached Bill 15 on the agenda, an agreement with the Ausable Valley Grange to host the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market each Saturday from June 2 to Oct. 13 in Riverside Park. Aside from the dates, it was the same exact contract the board approved in 2011, according to trustees.

Trustee Elias “Allie” Pelletieri’s motion to table the bill passed by 3 to 1, with trustees Tom Catillaz and John McEneany voting in favor and Trustee Jeff Branch voting against.

“We should be really cautious on how we use the parks during our prime (time) of the year,” Pelletieri said, adding that the board is currently reviewing the land use for the park and updating its comprehensive plan.

Pelletieri’s reasons to wait until April 9 to pass Bill 15 were varied, and he wanted to change a few items in the agreement before the board approved it.

“They want to keep the name the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market,” Pelletieri said. “I’m not sure we should be selling our name to it ... maybe a Saranac Lake Saturday Market, because if another market wanted to come to town and use our name on Tuesday or something, I don’t know why these people should have the exclusive rights to something they’re only using one day.”

When it came time to pass Bill 17 – an agreement for Daffest organizers to use Riverside Park in late April – Branch objected and wondered why Pelletieri could pass the Daffest request and not the Farmer’s Market request.

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