ORDA announces two new board members

— The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has added two new members to its board.

Joe Kelly will now serve as co-vice chair with standing vice chair Serge Lussi and John Parete will be added as a voting member of the board.

Both men were appointed by Gov. Cuomo and will represent Belleayre, a ski resort in the Catskills.

Earlier this year, a plan was put in motion to transfer control of the resort from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ORDA.

“The DEC still has operating control of Belleayre, but once an MOU is agreed upon by both parties, the DEC and ORDA, then ORDA will take over the operations,” said ORDA communications manager Jon Lundin.

Lundin added that the board hopes to have the transition completed within the next two months.

“It’s a nice addition to our family and what we try to do to in terms of promoting winter activities,” Lundin said.

The two new board members were announced at an ORDA board meeting Sept. 19, along with plans to make improvements to the three resorts managed by the organization — Whiteface Mountain, Gore Mountain and soon, Belleayre.

Among the upgrades are: new Sno-cats and programs at Gore Mountain, improvements to snowmaking, grooming and the lodge at Belleayre, the addition of a roller loop and 20-meter hill at the Olympic Jumping Complex, storm sewer and masonry repairs at the Olympic Training Center, regrading shoulders and repairing retaining walls and castle masonry on the Whiteface Memorial Highway, and a major project that will restore the Olympic Center to the way it looked in 1932.

The Lake Placid Conference Center has also been busy booking parties and seminars, which will bring the New York State Snowmobile Association, New York State Rural Water Association, Outdoor Writers Association and CSEA to the region in 2013.

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