Harris resigns from Saranac Lake development board

Village to appoint replacement at April 10 meeting, Herrmann’s term is also up

Adam Harris (Enterprise photo — Aaron Marbone)

SARANAC LAKE — The village development board will need a new member after Adam Harris resigned from the board for an unknown reason last week.

Harris’ term was set to expire in April 2026. But he resigned in an email to village Community Development Director Jamie Konkoski sent Thursday night. The village did not release a copy of the email to the Enterprise by deadline Tuesday. Konkoski said it was brief and did not state a clear reason why Harris resigned.

Harris said Tuesday he had no comment on the reason for his resignation.

The resignation comes after the development board recently finished making recommendations to the village board on its proposed short-term rental regulation law. This law has massive implications for the development board, which may be tasked with conducting public hearings on all preexisting STRs to “grandfather” them in, as well as hearing permit applications for new STRs.

Village Clerk Amanda Hopf said the village board will appoint a new member of the board at its annual meeting on April 10. Development board members are appointed by the mayor and must be approved by the village board, she said.

Mayor Jimmy Williams said this resignation “came as a surprise.” He’s not certain who he will appoint yet.

Development board member Paul Herrmann’s term also expires in April. Williams said he will talk with Herrmann to decide if he will reappoint Herrmann to the board or make another suggestion.

Konkoski said Harris was already expected to be absent from the board’s upcoming April 4 meeting, so they had an alternate member scheduled to be there. The board has two alternate members — Bill Domenico and Dan Reilly — who attend when regular members cannot.

Development board Chair Allie Pelletieri and Konkoski were overheard at a meeting Monday night saying their meetings will be less entertaining without Harris there.

At Monday’s village board meeting, trustees discussed potentially expanding the number of alternates to three to help carry the load of the new STR public hearings.


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