LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid Elementary school students gave a new set of trolleys nicknames on Friday, June 20 at the Lake Placid Elementary school, which village officials say has become a new tradition.
Mayor Craig Randall and village Trustee Jason Leon set the event in hopes to make the students feel a closer bond with the community.
"In a way, it sort of gives these young people a little ownership in terms of what we are doing in the community," Randall said. "And what would be more fun than riding the trolley?"
"It makes a special connection between the school and the community," Leon added.
Leon, who works in the elementary school, said he spoke to each kindergarten class and asked the students to give the trolleys nicknames. The classes picked the best name that fit the trolley, Leon said. They also drew pictures of each trolley. A few years back, a kindergarten class also nicknamed the fleet of trolleys.
"One of them, the red and green, is (named) Sprinkles," Leon said. "The full-green trolley is named Lollipop 2, kind of a homage to the previous trolley."
Leon said the all-white trolley was nicknamed Snowflake. The white trolley is the newest one. Lollipop 2 was named after another green trolley, which was decommissioned; two trolleys have been decommissioned.
"They were super excited to see the trolleys," Leon said. "We had to pull all the trolleys off route, it was a pretty big deal. The mayor thought it was an important thing for the kids to take a photo."
Leon said the photos he took may be hung on the wall in each class.
The village ordered two new, leased trolleys for Placid XPRSS back in January, which are already on the road. The trolleys cost $306,860. Ten percent, or $30,686, was paid by the village. The federal government paid 80 percent and the state paid another 10 percent.
The two old trolleys were worn out from years of use and needed to be replaced, village Department of Public Works Superintendent Brad Hathaway said. Both had more than 170,000 miles on their odometer.
The village recently received authorization from Essex County to sell the decommissioned trolleys.