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Lake Placid village board meeting led via video phone

December 18, 2013
JESSICA COLLIER ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Dec. 16 village board meeting was led via video phone.

Village Mayor Craig Randall had planned to make it to the meeting, but his flight home from Europe, where he had been attending the 2013 Lausanne Summit for the World Union of Olympic Cities, was delayed.

Deputy Mayor Art Devlin has been in Florida for the last few weeks, and has called in to meetings via video phone. This time, he had to lead the meeting that way.

It took several attempts, first with Skype and then with Apple's FaceTime, before Devlin's connection went through. The meeting was on the third floor of the town hall rather than the first, where the Wi-Fi connection is the strongest, so Devlin popped in and out of the conversation a few times.

"All in favor?" Devlin asked on one vote, to which all three board members present said aye.

"I'm sorry, you cut out," Devlin said. "All in favor?"

Due to the spotty reception, Devlin switched around the order of the agenda, first accepting the village's warrants so bills could be paid and moving down the list, taking each item in order of importance.

Several issues were tabled because they required more discussion than was possible under the circumstances.

At one point, the board had to consider Mike Arnold's application to run a sled dog operation behind the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. Trustee Peter Holderied had to abstain, since he owns the Golden Arrow, so if Devlin hadn't been able to vote via the video phone call, there wouldn't have been enough votes to allow it.



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