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March 1, 2013

Lake Placid to fill trustee, mayor's seats

LAKE PLACID — Elections in March have just one contested race here.

Three candidates are running for two open trustee seats. Winners will earn a four-year term.

Town Clerk Kathryn McKillip said Mayor Craig Randall is running for re-election unopposed. And Bill Hushoff is running uncontested to keep his job as village justice.

Art Devlin is seeking re-election to his post as trustee; Trustee Zay Curtis is not running again. 

Former Lake Placid Police Chief Scott Monroe and former Trustee David Jones have tossed their hats in the ring for trustee seats, as well. The two candidates who get the most votes will win the positions.

Jones was asked to run alongside the mayor and Devlin on the same slate, aiming to fill Curtis’s seat.

All candidates in Lake Placid are running as independents, with only Hushoff, a Republican, declaring on a major party line this election.

Trustees Jason Leon, a Democrat, and Peter Holdereid, a Republican, won in 2011. Both hold their seats until 2015.

Elections in Lake Placid will be held at the Harrietstown Town Hall from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.

CHALLENGES AHEAD

The key challenge facing the village in the coming term is likely sewer-trunk infrastructure, a project that has been in the works for more than four years.

The general budget for Lake Placid operations, at $5.4 million, has dropped 10 full-time equivalent positions in the past three years, largely due to attrition, according to Randall’s recently released State of the Village report.

Randall said the village now employs 80 people without any loss in services.

Additional revenue for operations has come from parking meter service, seeing an increase of 65 percent since 2009, up from $197,000 to $315,000.

Pay and Display parking meters with automated parking vouchers are located throughout Main Street. Motorists must put the vouchers on the dash of the car to show they have paid to park there.

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