Infrastructure, capital projects
Sewer upgrades - The village's Public Works Department completed the new sewer lift station replacement on Station Street at a cost of $300,000.
Electric department - Specifications have been developed to replace the roof for the power plant building with work planned to be completed during 2012.
Wastewater plant - Several items of deferred maintenance have been authorized with work to be accomplished during 2012.
Sidewalks - New curbing and sidewalks were installed on McKinley Street via the Safe Sidewalks to Schools grant. Planned resurfacing of McKinley Street, delayed due to Hurricane Irene in September, is now scheduled for May 2012. This, together with improvements to McKinley Street Park, will provide a substantial improvement in this neighborhood.
Equipment replacements - $150,000 in equipment was replaced in the highway and police departments. $73,000 was recouped in salvage sales of retired equipment.
Power Pond dam, trunk sewer line projects - Final applications for these projects were filed with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Project approval is anticipated later this winter, with the projects put out to bid by spring 2012.
Community, partnership projects
Empire State Games - The village of Lake Placid, in conjunction with Roby Politi, town of North Elba supervisor, and Jim McKenna, executive director of ROOST, worked out a partnership with Essex County and neighboring communities to ensure the continuation of the Empire State Winter Games, culminating in the successful hosting of the 31st Empire State Winter Games in February 2011. The 32nd Winter Games took place last weekend.
Park improvements - A $78,000 match grant received from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for improvement of village parks was met by the following:
-Lake Placid Rotary with $45,000 invested in additional park upgrades and equipment for Jewtraw Park, Mill Pond Park and McKinley Street Park
-Lake Placid Kiwanis Club providing $18,000 in equipment upgrades to the Teddy Bear Park on Hillcrest Avenue.
Village Tennis Courts - New tennis courts costing $252,000 were constructed in the village beach park through an agreement between the village of Lake Placid, Lake Placid Central School District and the Jubin family, with a recognition ceremony taking place Dec. 2.
Band shell replacement - Plans were authorized and submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency for replacement of the band shell in Mid's Park, which received approval. Fund raising for this project is now under way by interested village citizens.
Waterfront recreation, restoration
Power Pond area recreational pathway - A $20,000 grant that was received completed a conceptual design for a possible recreational-ecological park. This project would follow the completion of the trunk sewer line replacement project.
East shore Mirror Lake stormwater management - A $20,000 match grant was received to design a system to effectively manage stormwater that currently discharges into Mirror Lake. This project is vital to the future of Mirror Lake and is administered on behalf of the village by the Mirror Lake Watershed Association.
2012 AND BEYOND
Property assessments and tax rates
With the softening of property assessments, village tax rates will continue to be affected. The Lake Placid village board must work to find ways to control taxes while providing services. The board will continue to:
-Examine and find further efficiencies in operations.
-Provide reasonable wages and benefits for village employees while addressing:
---the rising cost of health insurance, which represents our largest benefit expense
---the rising percentage cost of employees' New York state retirement benefit due to stock market losses. (The village has seen a 100 percent contribution increase from 2009 to 2012.)
Infrastructure, capital projects and equipment
-Roof replacement on power plant building
-resurfacing of McKinley Street
-replacement of the fire department's aerial ladder truck.
-With the relocation of the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau back into the new Conference Center, the village board is exploring future uses for the Beach House space.
Downtown access, parking considerations
The desire to provide additional parking along Main Street remains under consideration. During 2012, the village board will look for possible solutions using the existing footprint.
There are further considerations for the Lake Placid transportation system to address the needs of our senior citizens and Conference Center.
Continue to explore opportunities for consolidation and/or sharing of services between the village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba.
In closing, I would like to thank and recognize my fellow board members - Zay Curtis, Art Devlin, Peter Holderied and Jason Leon - along with the village department managers and staff, for their dedication, work and cooperation in guiding the village through this past year. We are interested in your thoughts and concerns, and encourage you to share them with us so as to continue to serve you and meet the needs our village and its residents.