Viewpoint regarding annexing American Management Association

Input has been requested to make comments and submit documents from the public regarding annexing American Management Association(A.M.A.) in the village of Saranac Lake. This is my input.

I am neither for or against, but I am in favor of presenting the truth on the matter. I feel that some information printed in the local news media for the past two years is not entirely accurate.

I strongly support A.M.A. I was a graduate of their first class. Have cured tuberculosis, lived near and been associated with The Trudeau Center for 60 years. We really like and appreciate this fine institution which has been operating successfully. Why fix something which is not broken? Savings afforded A.M.A. sound good, but we fall on the back of already over burdened local taxpayers.

Currently the village of Saranac, Town of Harrietstown and Town of St. Armand do not provide basic services to millions of dollars worth of real estate which is already approved, built, and being taxed in the village.

I predict that the village will have serious legal problems to annex the 65 acres of A.M.A. land, and accept the dedication of the roads and streets which services this property. I say that because of what Clyde Rabideau told me in a letter dated Jan. 27, 2012, when I asked the village (and town) to accept streets, in fully approved, developed, heavily taxed sub divisions with upscale homes, which receives virtually no services from the village or the towns.

The dilemma of what to do with the 65 acres and 70 buildings on the Trudeau Property is not new. A research document about the Rev. Samuel Smith Family by James and Patricia Richards commencing in 1804 outlines in detail the various acquisitions from the Smith farm, now the home of Tom and Mary Hyde. It is a slice of early Adirondack history of the Saranac Lakes area. The first acquisition was 16 acres to the Paul Smith Guides for Dr. Trudeau’s Adirondack Cottage Sanatorium, now the A.M.A. property. My interest commenced about 60 years ago as an officer in the newly reorganized Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, by the Lions Club, when we tried to establish a college there, and peaked in 2004 when a vice president of A.M.A. requested my opinions to right size their Saranac Lake plant. I made an extensive study and prepared a 70-page book of information about the A.M.A. complex. A copy has been made part of the annexing record, and furnished to the village, library, Enterprise and other places. This study is a must read for all people involved in making a decision on the annexation.

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