Village Board hears UMP Voices from Both Sides of the Tracks

Voices from both sides of the Rail Corridor are speaking out about pending agency recommendations to commissioners on whether or not to re-open the Corridor’s Unit Management Plan. And in SaranacLake it is the Village Board’s turn to hear from stakeholders…

Wayne Tucker is a board member of the Adirondack Carousel.. He asked the board to hold on any decision regarding the trails versus rails controversy, saying he thinks the board would be better served by waiting to make any further decisions on the village level until the DOT and the DEC have had an opportunity to make their decisions..  He continued by saying removing the rails would grossly affect downtown businesses, and especially the Adirondack Carousel..  Historic Saranac Lake says their position remains simple because the rails in the corridor are on the national register.. Their Executive Director is Amy Catania.. She says another decision by the board would be premature..

092313 - VIllage Board - JoeJoe Mercurio is president of Adirondack Recreational Trail Associates. He says their group now has 372 businesses on record in favor of removing the rails.. Mercurio says while he respects Historic Saranac Lake and people who are working the rails, the board has a chance to get behind something that he says can make a real difference.. Dick Beamish has been an advocate for removal of the rails and he says the community should be proud of the success and the achievements of the carousel.. He says there may be a downturn for the carousel during any transition, but the bikers will replace that businesses..

AUDIO – 092413 – Voices on both sides of Rail Corridor speak at Saranac Lake Village Board Meeting

092313 - VIllage Board - PellitiereThe Village Board considered a new resolution in support of the Rail Trail and Village Trustee Allie Pelletiere during discussion says he believes the Carousel will have more business with a recreational trail..  In addition, he says very few times has he been impressed with the overall number of people coming off the train..

Trustee Barb Rice commented on the topic by clarifying that local businesses, especially restaurants have seen an increase in business during the train’s layovers and while she says she’s not coming down either way in terms of a decision on these issues, the board has already asked the DOT and the DEC to re-open the UMP in a previous resolution. Ultimately the board voted against supporting any new resolution, instead choosing to rely on their previous resolution in support or re-opening the Unit Management Plan.. The Deadline for comments to the DEC and the DOT is tomorrow, following which time, the two agencies have been tasked with formulating a recommendation to their respective commissioners by December as to whether or not to re-open the Corridor’s Environmental Impact Statement or the Unit Management Plan…

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