LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid village Board of Trustees took several steps to prepare for the March 19 village election on Monday.
Four seats are up for grabs this year, including those currently held by Mayor Craig Randall and trustees Zay Curtis and Art Devlin. Village Justice Bill Hulshoff is also up for re-election.
Randall, Devlin and Curtis ran successfully for three open seats in 2009. Curtis announced in December that he won't run again, and he reaffirmed that decision Monday night.
Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
"I'm not going to run," he said.
Randall and Devlin, meanwhile, have been circulating petitions and plan to seek another term. Randall said he hopes to recruit a third person to run for the board.
The board voted unanimously Monday to authorize a contract with Essex County to use electronic voting machines. The village does have access to old lever-action machines that are being stored by the Lake Placid Central School District, but Randall said he wants to use the electronic machines.
"We ought to stay with the equipment that's being used generally for public elections, partly because it helps people become familiar with it and not going back and forth," he said. "And also, there's just the very logistical problem of the mechanical machines - we used to have a service technician available to set them up for us, and that's not going to be available to us in the future."
Trustee Jason Leon said people are adjusting to the new machines.
Randall said using the county equipment won't drive up the cost of the election dramatically. According to the contract with Essex County, the village will have to pay for equipment rental fees, transportation costs, inspectors, paper ballots and postage. The total cost will not exceed $1,200, according to the contract.
The board also appointed two Democrats - Rose VanWormer and Margaret Draper - and two Republicans - Denice Fredericks and Margaret Daby - to work as election inspectors. They'll be paid $100 each.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the North Elba Town Hall, 2693 Main St., for the March 19 election.