Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau is the deciding vote on whether or not to build a Skateboard Park in The Village of Saranac Lake this summer.. The vote was split down the middle with Trustees Allie Pellitieri and Barb Rice Voting in favor of the resolution to begin the construction and Trustee Tom Catillaz and Trustee Paul Van Cott Opposed.. During his vote, Van Cott commented that he strongly supports the Skateboard Park, “I thinks it’s a great thing, and I think it has a lot of potential for the community.. but my concern is towards the cost to the village in terms of time and resources.” VanCott referred to the Village Budget which was approved at Monday Night’s Meeting.. We spoke recently with Village Treasurer Paul Ellis about the budget and the emphasis the village has placed on remaining under the tax cap.. Audio from that conversation is available here. Meantime, the room is full of Skate Park supporters.. Including Andrew Relyea, whose a network engineer at Adirondack Medical Center.. who spoke on behalf of his two children Bently and Jackson and his wife Elise… They’re sitting in the front row during the meeting to show their support for the Skate Park..
Trustee Allie Pellitiere says it’s a Milestone, but remember that a year ago the village passed a resolution stating that the village would begin work over behind the police department and the site would be prepped by the end of August.. “We have to keep fighting for the Skate Park until kids are actually there in the park Skateboarding.” Pellitieri said. “We’re going to work with other towns to try to accommodate Paul’s question about the in kind spending and try to reduce those numbers as much as we can.”