Bob Bevilacqua, left, and Tom Catillaz — both candidates for the open Harrietstown supervisor seat this election — debate the issues Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake. Denton Publications Assistant Managing Editor Andy Flynn and Enterprise Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight asked the candidates 12 questions, and the debate lasted about one hour. It was video and audio tape recorded.
continued REBUTTAL BY BOB: On the long-term parking, if someone’s paying you to leave their vehicle in long-term parking, their expectation of security is raised, if they’re paying for parking. That’s why you need a fence, some kind of security, some kind of patrol to watch it. And there aren’t that many cars out there that you’d be able to tip for long-term parking anyway. The picture you showed on your website, Tom, that was the parking lot where the employees park. That’s the airport parking lot.
The other thing about leasing the property for hangars, we already do that. That’s something that’s been going on for as long as anybody can remember.
And on the monthly meetings, we have monthly airport meetings which are open to the public. Anybody can go to them.
QUESTION BY ANDY: What is your vision for the airport?
TOM: I can see the airport making money. I don’t see why it doesn’t. I think it just needs a little attention. It serves a large number of people. It’s vital to our economy up here also. But you can’t let it just sit and lose a large amount of money every single year. We’re going to run out of a savings account to pay for that every year.
It may not ever make a lot of money. It may not ever make money, but I think we can get it a lot closer than we are at this time.
It can grow. There’s more and more people moving up here, and hopefully they’ll use it. Lake Placid uses it. The Upper lake uses it. Trudeau Institute, I think, uses it. I think anybody coming here now is using it, so I don’t see why it can’t make money and be profitable and not solely on the backs of the Harrietstown taxpayer.