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North Elba approves road, sidewalk emergency repairs

May 11, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The North Elba Town Council voted at the Tuesday, May 9 monthly meeting to pay $606,000 to repair the town's portion of the sidewalk around the perimeter of Mirror Lake.

Town Supervisor Roby Politi said the repair will include the installation of 3,700 linear feet worth of chestnut-colored Cambridge paver stones, per the recommendation of Lake Placid Department of Public Works Superintendent Brad Hathaway.

The portion of sidewalk runs along the northeast corner of Mirror Lake, spanning from the town line 100 yards past Beech Hill Circle around to just past George and Bliss Lane, near the Harbor Condominiums.

Politi said Hathaway already has the supply of paver stones and is ready and willing to move the project as soon as possible. The paver stone installation would also coincide with the village's plan to also install the chestnut Cambridge paver stones this summer around the southeast portion of the lake within village lines.

The three councilmen in attendance at Tuesday's meeting, Politi, Jay Rand and Jack Favro, voted unanimously in favor of financing the project through the town highway fund. Politi said he recommended to the council to finance the project this way so as to not also charge village of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake taxpayers.

Councilmen Derek Doty and Bob Miller were absent from the meeting, but Politi said the full council discussed his recommendation at recent workshop meetings and Doty and Miller said replacing the paver stones is "imperative."

"We need to do this because it is a safety issue," Politi said. "People walking around Mirror Lake, (it's) a beautification issue and a presentation issue."

Politi said the town has a "substantial" amount of reserve funds generated from reserve tax revenue that would account for approximately half to three-quarters of the cost, while the town would bond for the remaining amount.

He added that the board had considered spending $500,000 to reconstruct the hockey box at the Olympic Oval, but decided to withdraw to utilize monies for the replacement of the sidewalk around Mirror Lake instead. Rather, this summer the hockey box will be utilized for pickleball and next winter the town will cover it with natural ice.

"We and (North Elba Highway Superintendent) Larry (Straight) have gotten some criticism that we filled the holes on the sidewalk with asphalt over the last month," Politi said. "People said it looks like hell. There is no question it does look like hell. But the reason we did it, it was a temporary solution so no one would fall down at night walking around the lake.

"Our intentions always have been to replace that brick," Politi continued, "and we are committed to do so."


Mount Whitney Road

At Tuesday's meeting, the council also voted to finance another emergency repair, $25,000 from the town's highway fund balance to fix a 4 foot-by-4 foot wide and 6-foot deep cave-in near the Echo Pond outlet on Mount Whitney Road. The cave-in occurred two weeks ago, Straight said.

"What happened there is the culvert coming across the road to the storm drains has failed and has collapsed," Straight added. "As a result, there is a 4 foot-by-4 foot, 6-foot deep hole next to the sidewalk, and we have talked about replacing the culvert all the way across the road and putting two new storm drains in and connecting it to the existing 18-inch culvert that runs out into Mirror Lake."

Straight said catch basins for the repair have been ordered special-made due to the type of piping the town will use."

"This is an emergency repair item," Politi said.



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