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Another hearing on Hurley Bros. propane tank

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board will host a second public hearing Wednesday on a proposed tank-filling station on Old Military Road.

Hurley Bros. Inc. is seeking approval to build a 53-by-11-foot, 30,000-gallon fuel storage tank at 132 Old Military Road. The project would also include some tree cutting, laying a gravel road and building a 6-by-8-foot mini-barn to house electrical panels. Hurley Bros. would have the option of adding more tanks in the future, but that’s not part of the current plan.

The construction would allow the Lake Placid-based fuel company to have its own propane filling station. Right now, it rents propane tanks at a Hyde Fuel facility in Ray Brook. It only has oil tanks at its location on Station Street in Lake Placid.

The public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the village Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive.

This project has not been without controversy.

The proposed tank would be next to the Lake Placid Synagogue Cemetery and The Balsams, a community of condominiums. The tank would be 80 feet from The Balsams property line. Many residents of The Balsams have submitted letters to the Lake Placid-North Elba Code Enforcement Office saying they disagreed with the project because of safety, traffic, noise and viewshed concerns. Neighbors have continued to appear at meetings of the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board each time the Hurley Bros. project appears on the agenda.

Around a dozen residents attended a meeting of the review board in September. At that meeting one resident, Debra Spellman, called for the review board to host a second public hearing on the fuel company’s application. Spellman accused the board of purposefully not scheduling another public hearing though it had the ability to.

Attorney Mark Schachner, who represented the board at that meeting, said the board can decide to hold another public hearing “if there’s substantial new information from the applicant.”

That’s what prompted the board to host a second public hearing Wednesday, according to Joint Review Board member Emily Kilburn-Politi, who is running for a seat on the North Elba Town Council.

“If there’s new information submitted by the applicant that the public hasn’t had the opportunity to comment on, the board can open another public hearing,” she said. “New information was submitted.”

Since the last public hearing on this project in April, Hurley Bros. has submitted new information regarding a curb cut and a report they commissioned rebutting findings of a different report submitted earlier this year.

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