March 18, 2013

Three vie for two Lake Placid trustee seats

LAKE PLACID — Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Lake Placid Village Board.

Art Devlin is seeking re-election on a slate with trustee candidate David Jones, as well as Mayor Craig Randall, who is running for re-election unopposed.

Former Lake Placid Police Chief Scott Monroe is also seeking a position on the Village Board.

Village trustees serve a four-year term; the two candidates who win the most votes get the positions.

Polls, located at the Town Hall on Main Street across from the Olympic Oval, will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday.


The Press-Republican asked each trustee candidate what he thinks is the most pressing concern facing Lake Placid in the coming term and what he would do to address it. Here are their answers:

David Jones: “The most pressing issue — and it will probably never end — is trying to maintain services in the village and stay within the 2 percent tax cap. To accomplish this, we need tight fiscal leadership.

“With the tax-cap law, it is very difficult to maintain services without raising taxes. The problem is made more difficult as our total property assessment has decreased within the past four years, and insurance and retirement costs keep going up.

“The current administration has done a great job with this.

“Another ongoing issue that has plagued village boards since I’ve been a trustee is village parking. That concern is going to be on top of the list again with the new 90-room hotel being built behind the Town Hall.

“The question becomes: Where do the beachgoers park? Where do the people who walk around the lake park?

“We will continue to work on that problem. I’m saying nothing is off the table as far as parking goes.”

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