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Saranac Lake asks DOT, DEC to update railway unit management plan

Railroad tracks between Lake Clear and Floodwood Road

Railroad tracks between Lake Clear and Floodwood Road Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Trustee Elias “Allie” Pelletieri asked the mayor if this resolution means the village is not doing any more homework on the railway corridor.

“I just would hate to close the door of us not taking comments or not taking information,” Pelletieri said.

“It doesn’t negate us from doing anything,” Rabideau said, adding that they will still be exploring the issue and waiting for the state to complete its UMP updated report, which they could use to choose a side in the issue.

The railway corridor is owned by the state and managed by the DOT. It is currently being leased to the ARPS to operate the Adirondack Scenic Railroad tourist trains. Most of the section between Old Forge and Tupper Lake is only used twice a year: to transport the train to and from Lake Placid in the spring and fall.

Village officials expect that the hearings held during a unit management plan update “will provide an on-the-record process allowing the stakeholders the opportunity to express their respective points of view and for unbiased fact-finding.”

Voting in favor of the resolution were trustees Barbara Rice, Pelletieri and Catillaz. Trustee Paul Van Cott left the room during the discussion and vote because he works for the Adirondack Park Agency.

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