Village of Lake Placid prepares for grant application

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees approved an eclipse-related road closure and an updated Lake Placid Marathon route on Monday, April 1 and provided updates on the village’s Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and a bid for a state Downtown Revitalization Grant.

The board unanimously approved a request from the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to close Cummings Road on April 8 from its intersection with Main Street, by the James C. Sheffield Olympic Speed Skating Oval, to ORDA’s USA lot, by the Lake Placid Middle/High School.

The closure was in preparation for a planned solar eclipse party on the oval. The closed portion of Cummings Road was used for parking vehicles with disabled parking permits, with one lane left open for emergency traffic. The road was closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The village board approved ORDA’s request on the condition that ORDA notifies Cummings Road residents of the closure.

The board also unanimously approved an updated route for the Lake Placid Marathon, which is scheduled for June 9.

The new route accommodates a new 10-kilometer run event, which will start at the same time as the full and half-marathon events. The 10K loop would follow the traditional marathon route until it reaches the Adirondack Corner Store on Newman Road. At that point, it would turn down Newman Road, then Old Military Road, then Station Street before joining to the normal route on Mill Pond Drive. The finish line of the marathon will remain at the oval, but the route will differ from last year. This year, the route will enter the oval from behind school instead of from Main Street.

Village Trustee Jackie Kelly gave the board an update on some of the village’s ongoing projects. Following a community meeting at Lisa G’s last month, the village and the town of North Elba have decided to move forward with an application for a state Downtown Revitalization Grant.

Kelly said that Lake Placid’s economic development director, Adam DeSantis, will be spearheading the application process for projects along the Mill Hill corridor.

“The next step is to form a committee to discuss what areas, what projects. This is the first step,” Kelly said. “We need some buy-in from the public. It’s a $10 million grant that needs to be matched with private investment, so (the meeting at Lisa G’s) was just an initial meeting to see if the interest was there, and there appears to be interest.”

The village is also working on revamping its noise ordinance, Kelly said. Possible new amendments would include restrictions on sidewalk noise and noise from businesses.

“(The village) should have something in place before the summer — at least an amendment going through a public hearing,” Kelly said.

Lake Placid is also working on its ADA compliance, she said. Village Clerk Anita Estling is signed up for a class to become an ADA compliance officer, and the village government is starting a self-evaluation on its ADA compliance, according to Kelly.

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