In a letter to the Editor in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul Van Cott said “The money that the village is paid for Saranac Lake 6er merchandise is used for promoting the Saranac Lake 6er. There are already more than 200 6ers and more each day. Promoting the 6er is positive for our village.
Van Cott’s Letter Continued – Paul writes “My understanding is that local beer brewer Mark Gillis had a handshake agreement to pay the village $1 for every 6er growler he sold. After selling several hundred growlers, he decided that was too much to pay and wanted to renegotiate. Now he has sold 1,500 growlers, and not one penny has been paid to the village. Mayor Rabideau and Trustee Pelletieri both endeavored to negotiate a new deal with Gillis. Given past history, however, it is time for Gillis or other brewers to put it in writing by responding to a formal request for proposals (RFP), so it can be firmed up into a written contract that must be performed like any other village contract. That is what all four trustees, including myself and Trustee Pelletieri, voted for last week. Notwithstanding his comments in Saturday’s Adirondack Daily Enterprise story, I hope Mr. Gillis submits a bid, as the RFP was written to favor his local business.
On Wednesday’s Talk of The Town during the Morning News on WNBZ, Mr Pellitiere suggested that it was inappropriate for Van Cott to include his name as someone who voted for the RFP when it was his second choice. He said he would have liked to see the board put off the vote in favor of approving Gillis’ proposal from Blue Line Brewery rather than have the opportunity be put out to bid. Pellitiere then voiced his objection to North Country Community College’s plans as a reason why he voted for the RFP saying the college should put the contract out for the public to bid on. We followed up on those comments during Talk of the Town at 7:50am with a review in the 8am hour of the audio from that meeting where the vote to allow Community Development Director Jeremy Evans to put out a request for proposals was approved unanimously.