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Task force to meet about overhauling Lake Placid’s Main Street

LAKE PLACID — A task force on Main Street upgrades is set to meet Thursday.

The 16-member task force’s Appearance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. in the North Elba Town Hall to discuss possible changes to the Main Street streetscape as they work toward formulating a comprehensive plan.

Though the meeting is public, Mayor Craig Randall said the newly formed task force won’t be expected to ask for public comment. The village is planning a separate public forum on proposed Main Street upgrades either next month or sometime in early January, he said.

“We’re very interested in getting something in place as soon as we can reasonably make that happen,” he said.

The task force is halfway through its designated three-month period to put together a comprehensive plan for the Main Street streetscape.

The members have been asked to explore different options for sidewalk aesthetics, landscaping, a possible turning lane, and potential parking solutions, which may include the construction of a parking structure across the street from NBT Bank.

Randall unveiled preliminary concept designs for Main Street upgrades at a village board meeting in October. Those early designs included new paving and layouts in existing parking lots, a parcel where a parking garage could be built, updated traffic lanes and expanded sections of greenery designed to absorb stormwater runoff.

The task force met for the first time on Oct. 7. Its members include village Trustee Peter Holderied; North Elba town Councilman Jay Rand, who was recently elected supervisor; North Elba-Lake Placid Community Development Commission members Dean Dietrich and Val Rogers; Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board President William Hurley; Palace Theatre co-owner Heather Clark, Bookstore Plus co-owner Marc Galvin, Golden Arrow Sales Director Brandon Montag and Terry Robards Wine and Spirits manager Tim Robinson, all members of the Lake Placid Business Association; Smoke Signals General Manager Jason Stoltz; state Olympic Regional Development Authority CEO Michael Pratt; Mary Jane Lawrence, chief of staff at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism; Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Roger Catania; Liz Clarke and Bill Billerman of the Mirror Lake Watershed Association; and Donna Beal, executive director of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks. Randall said the village engineer and other consultants are also serving as ad-hoc members.

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