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April 8, 2014

Towns present joint vision, goals

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REDRAWING POLICE LINES

A similar and encompassing vision looks to reorganize law-enforcement departments, fire districts and judicial systems “to increase efficiency and reduce costs.”

The new planning strategy may, in the future, reorganize jurisdiction of Lake Placid Police Department to align with water and sewage district lines, thus ensuring that an increased tax base (water and sewer expansion) would “decrease actual tax totals for all services.”

The plan also suggests village officials consider Lake Placid Police Department become a branch of Essex County Sheriff’s Department or that the town and village enact a constable system, to include Ray Brook and the Saranac Lake section of North Elba.

The plan also recommends that the village and town “investigate the possibility of cost redistribution among fire districts.”

TRAFFIC

Updates to the plan encourage continued review for a parking garage in Lake Placid.

But Lake Placid and North Elba are also looking to create a bike path and pedestrian master plan, connecting the municipalities and identifying “gaps and needed improvements in sidewalks, paved shoulders, trails and other pedestrian/bicycle facilities.”

Part of the plan would study ways to connect downtown with existing trail systems at Henry’s Woods, the Jackrabbit Trail and the Lussi Trails behind the golf course.

Bike and pedestrian trails would also establish and marked shared roadways and designated bicycle paths.

TRANSPARENCY

To increase transparency in government process, the plan suggests adding web-based GIS maps to town and village websites and live streaming village and town board meetings.

Part of the plan reflects a mission put forth three years ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for New York state to reduce energy use by 2020.

In Lake Placid and North Elba, however, the plan is to reduce overall energy use by 10 percent by 2015, then 25 percent by 2020 and up to 40 percent by 2015.

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