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Meeting set on grants for businesses

By the Enterprise staff SARANAC LAKE — A public meeting has been scheduled Wednesday on a plan to create a microenterprise grant program for businesses in the village. The Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation, in partnership with the village, Franklin County and the Adirondack ...

DEC app complete for phase 1 of ACR

TUPPER LAKE — Initial Department of Environmental Conservation permit applications for the future development of the Adirondack Club and Resort are complete. On Wednesday the DEC posted notice on their website of Preserve Associates’ completed applications for permits related to the ...

Whiteface Mountain can be seen to the north from the Lake Placid Airport, where planes are parked Friday evening.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Airport battle brews

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba is hurtling toward a possible aviation showdown as its longtime airport operator seeks a lease extension while a new operator insists on using the airport alongside him, citing Federal Aviation Administration Law. At Tuesday’s monthly town council ...

A fundraising sign outside St. Bernard’s School in Saranac Lake shows the school has so far raised $50,000 toward an overall $750,000 goal.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

St. Bernard’s School starts building campaign

SARANAC LAKE — St. Bernard’s School wants to raise $750,000 by the time it celebrates its centennial to pay for major upgrades to its River Street facility. “We’re hoping to do a lot of construction work on the building,” Principal Ray Dora said Wednesday. “It’s an old ...

Excavation equipment sits idle as workers take a break from clearing a 2-acre parcel of land the Wild Center is turning into a so-called “parking meadow.” It will be decidedly more “parking” and less “meadow” when it first opens, which is expected by July 1.
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Wild Center, school agree on ‘parking meadow’

TUPPER LAKE — The Wild Center is expanding its parking options with a new, so-called “parking meadow” to be built on Tupper Lake Central School District land. In a lease agreement for zero dollars, the nature museum will gain an additional 2 acres of land next to its grounds. The ...

Owners Cherie and Daniel Whitten stand before the buffet line and salad bar at the Health Hub with children, from left to right: Paul, Joy, Christa Grace and Abigail.
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Relocated Health Hub aims to educate as well as nourish

TUPPER LAKE — With local organic fare on the menu and communal tables in the dining room, the newly relocated Health Hub is looking to change the way Tupper Lakers think about food. Owners Cherie and Daniel Whitten recently moved their natural food store from the old C.J.’s Tavern ...

Village of Lake Placid proposes 1.4% tax levy hike

LAKE PLACID — This village is proposing a 2017-18 budget right at its maximum tax levy of $3,655,390, an increase of 1.4 percent over this fiscal year. The estimated tax rate would be $5.81 per $1,000 of assessed property value, a decrease of nearly 2 cents compared to the 2016-17 ...

Village to auction vacant land

SARANAC LAKE — The village plans to offer up a parcel of land behind a downtown bar for sale to the highest bidder. The village Board of Trustees set the date Monday for an auction of the vacant, land-locked 0.07-acre tract, located roughly behind Bitters & Bones on Broadway and the ...

Adirondack Historical Association Executive Director David Kahn, foreground, listens as Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, far left, reads aloud from the village Board of Trustees’ determination and findings to enter into an official eminent domain proceeding to acquire the museum’s Main Street properties to construct a public parking garage.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Village unanimously OKs acquiring museum land by eminent domain

LAKE PLACID — This village’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided at a special Monday meeting to use eminent domain to acquire Main Street parcels from the Adirondack Historical Association in order to build a 250-space public parking garage. The association runs the Adirondack ...

Village hires LA Group to cover ‘interim’ period

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees agreed Monday to hire an outside consulting firm to help run its community development office on an interim basis. The decision to bring in the LA Group, which drew objections from a pair of speakers during the meeting’s public comment ...

National Grid: Need for truck prolonged power outage

National Grid is responding to complaints about how long it took to restore power to Lake Placid on a busy, event-filled Sunday. Company spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis said the outage was caused by a switch that had faulted or burned out. To repair it, National Grid had to bring in a special ...

Attendees and presenters at Monday’s Adirondack Foundation meeting at the Tupper Lake town offices include, from left, Patti Littlefield, Sandy Strader, Mike Gillis, Phyllis Crate, Don Sabin, Jessica Kohan, Chris Morris, Carol Fuller, Cali Brooks, Jerry Hayes, Carol Levy, Paul O’Leary and Mark Moeller. 
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Adirondack Foundation hears Tupper nonprofits’ needs

TUPPER LAKE — About 15 people from the local nonprofit sector began their week Monday in the basement of the Tupper Lake town offices, asking representatives from the Adirondack Foundation about available grants. Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield presided over the meeting and said her ...

National Grid: Need for long-armed truck delayed power restoration

National Grid is responding to complaints about how long it took to restore power to Lake Placid on a busy, event-filled Sunday. Company spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis said the outage was caused by a switch that had faulted or burned out. To repair it, National Grid had to bring in a ...

Crews from the Lake Placid Electric Department attend to the high line location where electricity failed Sunday afternoon, resulting in a 7-plus hour outage for the village of Lake Placid.
(Photo provided — Craig Randall)

Power outage hits Lake Placid on busy weekend

LAKE PLACID — Another power outage cut electricity from this village during a busy weekend of events, fewer than four months after a 19-hour overnight outage in late February. The village lost electricity on Sunday afternoon, and it wasn’t restored until just after 9:30 p.m. “We ...

Hill Cottage, seen here earlier this month, is also known as the Radiographer’s Cottage. It’s one of three house lots on the former Trudeau Sanatorium property in Saranac Lake that the American Management Association plans to put on the market. 
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

AMA subdivision wins approval

SARANAC LAKE — American Management Association got the green light this week to subdivide three house lots it wants to sell on its 64-acre campus. The New York City-based company received village Development Board approval Tuesday to subdivide the Gate Cottage, the Mallinson Cottage ...

Chairwoman: First meeting without Evans ‘challenging’

SARANAC LAKE — Village Development Board Chairwoman Leslie Karasin said the absence of former Community Development Director Jeremy Evans was palpable at her board’s first meeting without him this week. She also said she hopes the village Board of Trustees finds someone with planning ...

Senate OKs Clinton, Franklin County sales tax extensions

ALBANY — The state Senate on Thursday approved two bills that would authorize Franklin and Clinton counties to continue their current sales tax rates of 4 percent, on top of the state’s 4 percent. Each county’s legislature approved resolutions requesting the state authorization. Sen. ...

The Adirondack Experience owns this property with the stone retaining wall on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid, next to a village parking lot. The village wants to take the land by eminent domain and build a parking garage there.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Lake Placid, museum dispute eminent domain procedure law

LAKE PLACID — Another divisive development has sprung up as the village board is set to host a special meeting Monday about its plan to use eminent domain to acquire Main Street parcels from the Adirondack Historical Association in order to build a public parking garage. The special ...