Tupper Board Divided on Rail Removal

A resolution from trustees in the Village of Tupper Lake by a three to two vote joins with Harrietstown, North Elba and Tupper Lake’s Town Boards in supporting the removal of the rail on the transportation corridor between Remsen and Lake Placid. Tupper Lake’s Resolution calls for the removal, salvage and sale of the rails along the corridor and requesting that the governor expidite the opening and review of the unit management plan for the corridor to effect a rail to trail conversion of the corridor..   Tupper Lake Trustee Rick Donah says the village of Tupper Lake has had a unique opportunity in terms of moving forwards within the community on a recreational trail, and he continued by saying the Village through the recreational trail would provide improved access to one of the busiest tourists destinations – The Wild Center…  He tied the construction of a local walking trail to the concept of the rail corridor itself.. 

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Rick Donah, David Maroun and Tom Snyder voted in favor of the resolution and Before the vote, Mayor Paul Maroun voiced his opposition to removal of the rails..  Saying there is still a risk that there could be real opposition to a rail trail from environmentalists if the rails are removed.. Trustee Leon Leblanc added that he doesn’t believe they’re going to tear up the track..

AUDIO – 102313 – Tupper Lake Rail Trail Resolution Debate and Vote

Leblanc voted with Mayor Paul Maroun in opposition to removal of the rails and with a three to two vote, the resolution passes and will be forwarded on to the governors office, The DEC and the Department of Transportation.

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