SARANAC LAKE & HARRIETSTOWN - COMMUNITY SURVEY In order to learn from members of the community of Harrietstown and Saranac Lake what issues they found most pressing, in the summer of 2007 the Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC) designed and circulated the attached community survey (Appendix 1). The survey was distributed in print form via the following mechanisms: it was enclosed in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, it was enclosed in the summer mailing of water/sewer bills, it was left at key business locations around Saranac Lake (e.g. Stewart’s, Nori’s, etc.), and it was made available for online completion (though only one survey could be completed per IP address). The survey was publicized via a press release, email distribution lists, and through announcements at public meetings held during the time period. Responses were collected for approximately two months; the survey was released at the end of June, 2007, and the CPC continued to collect responses through most of August. This compilation of the survey responses is meant to present the complete responses. Minimal analysis has taken place in presenting these results, although the CPC has taken some measures to group similar textual answers, etc, in order to present a more coherent body of results. This document represents the first of several stages of analysis in collecting, synthesizing and interpreting public input for use in the Saranac Lake – Harrietstown Comprehensive Plan. For the questions that required respondents to write in an answer (questions #14 and #15) some additional analysis has been performed; for more information on the methods used, please see the results sections for those questions, below. This document includes: About the survey responses & respondents 2 Survey results: Recreation 7 Housing 14 Community Issues 18 Economic Development 23 Retail Cap 29 Community resources 34 Infrastructure 37 Write – in questions: statistical analysis 42 Write-in questions: the comments Other issues 43 Ideas to improve community 53 The survey Appendix I 1 SARANAC LAKE & HARRIETSTOWN - COMMUNITY SURVEY COMPLETE RESULTS About the survey responses & respondents % of Total Total responses 756 Method of survey completion Completed on-line 190 25.1% Completed paper survey 566 74.9% Residency of respondents (Questions 16, 17, and 18) SL Village residents 452 59.8% Non-village residents 272 36.0% Village residency blank 32 4.2% Harrietstown 430 56.9% North Elba 155 20.5% St. Armand 56 7.4% Other 74 9.8% Town residency blank 41 5.4% Resident of village or Harrietstown 590 78.0% Not resident of village or Harrietstown 139 18.4% Left village question blank and not a Harrietstown resident 27 3.6% Full-time resident 648 85.7% Part-time resident 59 7.8% Visitor 13 1.7% Skipped question 36 4.8% Question 19: What street do you live on (optional): 433 people gave responses. 323 people left the question blank. Of those that responded, some had reported that they lived in Saranac Lake or Harrietstown (or both), and some had said that they did not live in either. Of those who live in Saranac Lake or Harrietstown, the street of residency reported was: Academy St. 1 Algonquin Ave. 7 Ampersand Ave. 7 Arnold Drive 1 2 Baker St. 4 Balsam St. 2 Beaverwood Rd (Fish Creek) 1 Beechwood Dr. 3 Birch Knoll Dr. 1 Birch St. 2 Bloomingdale Ave. 2 Broadway 12 Canaras Ave. 1 Cedar St 1 Center Street 1 Charles St. 2 Cherry Tree Lane 2 Church St. 5 Circle St. 1 Cliff Road 5 Clinton Avenue 2 Co. Rte 18 1 Co. Rte 19 1 Co. Rte 50 1 Co. Rte 51 1 Colony Court 1 Corey's Road 2 Cortez Lane 1 Cranberry Way 1 Crescent Bay Dr. 1 DeChantel (Church St.) 1 Dewey Mtn. Rd. 2 Dorsey St. 1 Duprey St. 4 Edward St. 3 Elm St. 1 Fairview Ave. 4 Fallen Leaf Lane 2 Fawn St. 2 Fletcher Farm Rd. 1 Forest Hill Ave. 12 Forest Home Rd. 3 Franklin Ave. 4 Glenwood Drive 11 Harrietstown Rd. 1 Hawald St. 1 Helen St. 1 Hickory Ln. 1 Hope St. 2 Indian Rock Trail 4 James St. 4 Jenkins St. 2 Keene St. 2 Kiwassa Rd. 12 Labrador Ln. 1 Lake Flower Ave. 4 Lake St. 28 Lake View Terrace 2 LaPan Highway 1 3 Main St. 4 Maple Hill 1 Maple Leaf Drive 1 Margaret St. 8 Marshall St. 1 Maryland Ave. 3 McClelland Ave. 2 McComb St. 1 McIntyre St. 1 McManus Rd. 1 Millpond Rd. 1 Moir Rd. 1 Morris Way 1 Neil St. 6 Oakwood Rd. 1 Old Lake Colby Rd. 7 Old Military Road 8 Olive St. 2 Oseetah Parkway 1 Panorama Dr. 1 Panther Mtn Rd. 1 Park Ave 18 Passino Ln. 1 Payeville Ln. 1 Petrova Ave. 4 Pine St. 8 Pinehurst 1 Pisgah Park Way 1 Pontiac St. 2 Poplar Ln. 1 Prescott Pl. 3 Prospect Ave. 3 Redskin Ln. 1 River St. 1 Riverside Dr. 7 Rockland 1 Rte 186 1 Rte 3 2 Rte 30 8 Rte 86 5 Rte 87 1 Saint Hill Ln. 1 Santanoni Ave. 2 School St. 3 Seneca Ave. 1 Shepard Ave. 5 Slater Ave. 1 St. Bernard St. 2 State St. 1 Stony Creek Rd. 1 Sumner Pl. 1 Tara Dr. 1 Trudeau Rd. 3 Turtle Pond Rd. 4 Van Buren St. 1 4 Van Cour Ave. 1 Virginia Ave. 1 Vosburgh Rd. 1 West Shore Rd. 1 William St. 2 Willow Way 1 Winona Ave. 2 Woodycrest Rd. 6 Of those who did not report living in the village of Saranac Lake or Harrietstown, the street of residency reported was: Averyville Lane 1 Bartlett Carry Rd. 2 Basil Hill Way 1 Bloomingdale Ave. 1 Breezy Acres Ln 1 Church Pond (Saranac Inn) 1 Co. Rte 60 4 Cortez Lane 1 Fletcher Farm Rd. 1 Forest Hill Ave. 2 Franklin Ave. 1 Garondah Rd. 1 Gilpin Bay 1 Grandview Ave. 1 Hillcrest Ave. 1 Ironwood Way 1 Lake Flower Ave. 1 Maple Ln. 1 McKenzie Pond Rd. 3 McManus Rd. 1 Mt. Pisgah Ln. 1 Norman Ridge Rd. 2 Pendergast Farm Way 1 Plank Rd. 1 Prospect House Ln. 1 Prospect St. 2 River Rd. 2 Rockledge Ln. 2 Rt. 86 1 Rte 30 2 Rte 73 1 Rte 88 1 Sandy Hill Way 1 Saranac Ln. 4 Stanley Dr. 1 Stetson Rd. 1 Swinyer Rd. 1 Tadds Rd. 1 Tadds Way 1 Trudeau Rd. 5 Vine St. 1 Vosburgh Rd. 1 5 Whiteface Ln. 1 Willow Way 2 Some people reported that they did not live in the village or town, but listed some other association with the community. These included: Business owner 5 Property owner 2 Rental house owner 1 Former resident 2 Long-time visitor 1 Question 19: If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming meetings on the comprehensive planning initiative, please enter your email address here: 157 people indicated a response to this question. In the interest of confidentiality, the responses to this question are not being shared. Those who indicated email addresses had their addresses added to a list of people who receive regular updates and notifications from the Comprehensive Planning Committee. 6 Survey responses 1. What FIVE types of recreational improvements or additions are most needed in Saranac Lake and Harrietstown? (check up to 5) Responses: Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Rank of Number of survey Number of survey category category response of respondents of respondents who who among all responses in this responses in this answered answered responses category category this this question question Recreation improvements a. Playgrounds/playground equipment 149 25.3% 26.0% 205 27.1% 28.0% 7 b. Public restrooms 387 65.6% 67.7% 507 67.1% 69.3% 1 c. Benches 123 20.8% 21.5% 155 20.5% 21.2% 8 d. Bike, cross country ski, and walking trails 343 58.1% 60.0% 450 59.5% 61.5% 2 e. Skateboard park 242 41.0% 42.3% 293 38.8% 40.0% 3 f. Basketball court 56 9.5% 9.8% 64 8.5% 8.7% 12 g. Tennis courts 63 10.7% 11.0% 87 11.5% 11.9% 10 h. Ball fields 53 9.0% 9.3% 68 9.0% 9.3% 11 i. Waterfront access for boats/canoes/kayaks 185 31.4% 32.3% 242 32.0% 33.1% 5 j. Fishing 45 7.6% 7.9% 55 7.3% 7.5% 14 k. Beaches 216 36.6% 37.8% 261 34.5% 35.7% 4 l. ATV trails 45 7.6% 7.9% 53 7.0% 7.2% 16 m. Alpine ski areas 41 6.9% 7.2% 55 7.3% 7.5% 15 n. Snowmobile trails 49 8.3% 8.6% 62 8.2% 8.5% 13 o. Recreation department 162 27.5% 28.3% 213 28.2% 29.1% 6 Other 111 18.8% 19.4% 138 18.3% 18.9% 9 Skipped question 18 3.1% 24 3.2% 131 people gave responses in the Other category. They fell into the following categories. Youth activities or facilities (15) – affordable summer kids rec Summer youth rec program less expensive summer youth program youth healthy alternatives Combined Youth Center/Skateboard Park youth center Indoor recreation center for youth arcade for kids We need more for young teens like a movie house Youth/Community Center free fall summer recreation program youth oriented facilities (rollerskating rink youth center) 7 teen center for after hours 7pm-11pm after school summer activity for kids I'd like to see more money for youth programs Sidewalks or walkways (11) sidewalks walking for seniors sidewalks in some areas are unsafe, unlevel, bumpy & not safe for older walkers; Adirondack Carousel safe sidewalks sidewalks Please plow sidewalks regularly Better sidewalks connecting downtown to Moody Pond and sidewalk along Brandybrook road - help facilitate a more walkable community Sidewalk improvements around the town in town designated walk ways, old style lighting, historical markers Cross-walks Cross-walks Bike trails, lanes or facilities (10) non-motorized recreation: bikes, canoes, walking, etc maintain present bike trail level some of the hills to make biking easier bike lanes need to be cleaned Please sweep River St bike lane regularly mtn bike trails, road bike paths bike racks bike lanes bike commuter lanes/alternative transportation SL LP Bike Path A YMCA or similar recreational facility (9) indoor/outdoor recreational unit for all ages a place set up like ymca YMCA A public indoor recreation facillity that has recreation programs for the public, especially during the winter months. year-round (indoor) pool & court facility Indoor courts for volleyball/badminton, etc YMCA facility downtown...This would have a dramatic impact on downtown. YMCA Enclosed rec bldg with pool like YMCA Dog park (7) Movie theater (7) Recreational field – related (6) 8 Soccer Fields community access to petrova field Playing fields maintained by the town/vlg that anyone can use - right now one has to coordinate with the school and this is very laborious public soccer fields playing fields / frisbee golf course lacross fields Goose – related (6) no goose poop get rid of goose poop Do something about goose poop in the park keep geese out of park Remove GEESE get rid of geese on lake flower boat launch Beach – related (5) better place for beach Access for swimmers on Lake Flower return beach to River St planned waterfront area on Lake Flower for swimming and picnicing Wm Wallce Beach is great but need more parking Parking – related (5) parking meters and parking areas safe parking areas parking parking to be able to utilize this stuff parking for use of Lake Flower for walking or a picnic Playground – related (5) playgrounds Clean playgrounds and public areas supervised playground Playgrounds that are monitored by law enforcement to keep loiterers away playground supervision Trail and path – related (5) a running/walking exercise trail packed running trails in village, preferably around lakes inline skate paths Bike/Walking/Running Trails nature trails Parks – related (4) 9 More parks, green spaces open space parks green spaces community parks/areas, not just playgrounds but for all ages Frisbee golf course (4) Recreation management suggestions (3) a recreation strategic plan and money to support it Recreation Comission Park District Programming (3) supervised programs at our playgrounds as originated by Wm. Morris Group easily accessed/hands-on natural history workshops for kids and adults Recreational programs for all ages Shopping – related (3) shopping area attractng visitors affordable shopping decent grocery store ATV – related (2) no ATV trails Ban ATVs Adirondack Carousel (2) Curling – related (2) Curling facility curling rink/club Suggestions on marketing recreational opportunities (2) an area on a web page listing all of the above areas available and maps of them Better marketing what is available Picnic areas/tables (2) Swimming pool (2) Trash – related (2) garbage cans so people don't litter trash receptacles 10 Ice skating – related (2) Year round ice skating at the Civic Center Petrova Skating Rink The following responses were not grouped with similar answers; each one was expressed once: bathroom port a potty at Shroeters field dry storage for boats outdoor/indoor concerts/music cross-walks and bumpers on docks public drinking fountain Farmers market more forest preserve land community garden common area of Harrietstown Housing Authority - we have no key to get back in 2nd floor wireless internet Clean Lake Clear limit hp on waters a museum of history of SL completion of river walk skateboard park Dewey Mountain Ski water slide, lake flower toboggan in winter Free access to Town Hall for not for profit fund raisers indoor recreation a lift from the parking area to Broadway Large open area for special events for Fire Dept - flea markets, etc motorcycle trail events none - other improvements are more important 2. Which recreational improvement from above is most important? 608 people answered the question 148 left it blank Of those who answered it, the responses were: Playgrounds/playground equipment 28 Public restrooms 122 Benches 10 Bike, cross country ski and walking trails 187 Skateboard park 63 Basketball court 1 Tennis courts 3 Ball fields 6 Waterfront access for boats/canoes/kayaks 20 Fishing 2 Beaches 37 ATV trails 14 Alpine ski areas 4 Snowmobile trails 12 11 Recreation department 59 Other (please identify) 40 Of the 40 people who chose “Other” the responses were: wheelchair accessibility - parking spaces where a car door may be opened to fully accommodate a wheel chair or walker alternative transportation to reduce car traffic/preserve small- town aesthetic A dog park other other Other (YMCA) Others in town designated walk ways, old style lighting, historical markers Movie theater p - dry storage for boats p - playground supervision Get rid of geese on Lake Flower boat launch arcade for kids to play games bring money in to help town carousel cross-walks Dewey Mountain dog park dog park encourage recreation on Lake Flower. Bring in campers from the Saranac Lake Islands campground facilities for older teens Indoor rec center like a YMCA indoor recreation information about what we do have music New docks at beach are great parking recreation (12-16 ages) recreational programs for all ages throughout the year River walk extensions and railway trail loop river walk is great shopping area attracting visitors swimming pool theater trail development for all types of use wireless internet Year round ice skating at the Civic Center Year-round activities for both Mt. Pisgah and Dewey Mountain including Mountain Bike trails YMCA Youth/Community Center 41 people added some sort of comment in addition to saying which was most important. These answers were: a - cleanup and police park by stewarts Safe Playground b- especially at boat launches Bathrooms! For sanitation and no more public lewdness, 12 hopefully. public restrooms for handicapped people public restrooms near recreational areas Bike Cross country ski and walking trails Bike path to Lake Placid bike trail between S.L and L.P. Bike trails for transportation and commuting bike, cross country trails, etc.!!!!!!!!! I really want to be able to bike around town safely bike/ski/walking trails -- next to the RR maybe? connected walking paths in and around downtown Saranac Lake and adjacent neighborhoods Improvements to bike, x-c ski,and walking trails kid friendly bike trails paved bike trail paved bike, running and walking trails SL LP Bike Path Walking trails - safe sidewalks e - in time, will be an olympic event basketball courts- they could be fun! and they look BAD... Tennis courts - at least professionally improve the ones we have h - especially the SLHS fields - work with the school k - improve the beach, drag the crud out, put in food stand again, fix up playground area. Make it welcoming. beach at Lake Flower beach on lake flower Beach on Lake Flower beach on lake flower better place for beach better, more accessibility to beach put the "beach" back where it was! l - will provide money for area o - organization of what we have 0. We need community coordination of programs & facilities to offer citizens. We have many underserved persons who cannot afford memberships at the health club or other private venues. We are too dependent on private sector offerings and recreation programming for adolescents in Saranac Lake is practically nonexistent. joint recreation commission Park District Rec strategic plan that includes a department recreation department, if this means a youth center & activities as well wheelchair accessibility - parking spaces where a car door may be opened to fully accommodate a wheel chair or walker alternative transportation to reduce car traffic/preserve small- town aesthetic we can't afford more 13 3. Identify the THREE types of housing most needed in the community. (check up to 3) Responses only by residents of Village or Harrietstown All responses (590 responses in this category) (756 responses total) Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Rank of Number of survey Number of survey category category response of respondents of respondents who who among all responses in this responses in this answered answered responses category category this this question question Housing a. Rental units 318 53.9% 56.0% 421 55.7% 58.5% 2 b. Senior housing, including 'in-law apartments,' etc. 193 32.7% 34.0% 238 31.5% 33.1% 3 c. Assisted housing/nursing homes 176 29.8% 31.0% 221 29.2% 30.7% 4 d. Moderate-income housing 452 76.6% 79.6% 576 76.2% 80.0% 1 e. Luxury homes 18 3.1% 3.2% 24 3.2% 3.3% 10 f. Mobile home parks 21 3.6% 3.7% 25 3.3% 3.5% 8 g. Multiple-family housing 92 15.6% 16.2% 103 13.6% 14.3% 7 h. Condominiums 101 17.1% 17.8% 130 17.2% 18.1% 6 i. Subsidized housing 118 20.0% 20.8% 156 20.6% 21.7% 5 Other (please specify) 18 3.1% 3.2% 25 3.3% 3.5% 9 Skipped question 22 3.7% 36 4.8% 25 people gave responses in the Other category. They fell into the following categories. Affordability of housing (7) affordable and reasonable affordable and reputable CHEAP housing that is not slummy community land trust housing (permanently affordable) homes average people can afford and keep maintained Low income houseing/rental Moderately-priced homes for purchase Quality and/or cost of rental units (5) Get existing Landlords to clean up there buildings!! GOOD CLEAN RENTAL UNITS good housing restrictions for rentals long term temporary rental units rents too high Quality or upkeep of village and town housing stock (4) improve what we have 14 Improvements to existing housing - especially updates to wiring (so many fires!), and energy efficiency (heating/cooling) maintaining the historic homes in the region i.e. Cure Cottages in original shape updating of older homes and apartments Types of housing that should be encouraged or discouraged in the land use code (4) Mixed use apartment/business minimize mobile home parks no mobile home parks NO mobile homes / NO Luxury Home we have a lot of homes for sale Specific types of senior housing (2) Large senior housing complex that includes b, c & d Senior assisted living rentals The following responses were not grouped with similar answers; each one was expressed once: housing with lower taxes ;-) dorms for college shelter for the homeless 4. Which type of housing is most important? 634 people answered the question 122 left it blank Of those who answered it, the responses were: Rental units 89 Senior housing, including in-law apartments 34 Assisted housing/nursing homes 56 Moderate-income homes 327 Luxury homes 2 Mobile home parks 1 Multiple-family housing 13 Condominiums 23 Subsidized housing 29 Other 60 Of the 60 people who chose “Other” the responses were: affordable affordable AFFORDABLE Affordable assisted housing 15 affordable family homes affordable for local families Affordable for the middle class affordable for workers/nurses/school teachers affordable HOMES affordable housing affordable housing affordable housing <$1000/month affordable housing for all affordable housing for mid-income affordable housing for seniors affordable housing so new and local young families can live and stay here affordable i affordable mid income Affordable non-slum rentals affordable rental units affordable rental units affordable rental units. not slum quality Affordable! affordable, decent housing all of it is!!! community land trust fix up what's here - why build new buildings when so many are for sale? homes for moderate and lower income folks housing people can afford housing that attracts tourism Just clean and desirable homes/rentals low cost w/in walking distance of store, school, library, church Low income low income low income housing low income housing Low income housing/rental low rent housing low/moderate income housing lower income rentals lower to middle income low-income housing midscale rental and condos Mixed use apartment/business moderat income moderate to low income more senior housing might free up moderate income homes saving old buildings and housing shelter for the homeless sigle family single family homes single family moderate income the one that don't abuse elderly/disabled poor 16 The quality of housing is terrible for home owners and renters the two high rises are never full Tidy--Homes and property need not be luxury...pride in ownership too much subsidized housing now updating of older homes and apartments upper income apartments, condos downtown on river upscale residence 22 people who chose one of the options write a comment in addition to saying which was most important. These answers were: Quality, well-located, safe subsidized housing Condominiums (moderate) for the retired g - willow way kind moderate income for all the folks who actually live here and don't make lots of money but would still like a nice home, not rental, trailer, etc assisted living - not nursing homes $125- 175K range b, c & d are definites and really can be one. Seniors need moderate income housing that would contain facilities for assisted living clean reasonable rentals Clean up the existing rental stock, most are terrible! decent quality rentals Decent rental housing moderately-priced quality apartments/moderate homes quality rentals for seniors reasonable rental rental and upholding rental quality control rental units - mid price, decent Rental Units - there aren't any decent apartment buildings/condos for rent in this area... rental units that are clean and safe safe rental housing temporary rentals for professionals well maintained apts a - clean rental units with parking or garage 17 5. Identify the FIVE community issues of greatest concern for you and your family (check up to 5) Responses only by residents of Village or Harrietstown All responses (590 responses in this category) (756 responses total) Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Rank of Number of survey Number of survey category category response of respondents of respondents who who among all responses in this responses in this answered answered responses category category this this question question Community Issues a. Cost and availability of housing 274 46.4% 46.7% 343 45.4% 46.4% 4 b. Preservation of open space 114 19.3% 19.4% 160 21.2% 21.7% 9 c. Access to parks, riverfront, recreation 72 12.2% 12.3% 103 13.6% 13.9% 14 d. Local shops and services 298 50.5% 50.8% 389 51.5% 52.6% 2 e. Local jobs/economic opportunities 289 49.0% 49.2% 362 47.9% 49.0% 3 f. Environmental quality 143 24.2% 24.4% 191 25.3% 25.8% 7 g. Energy efficiency 132 22.4% 22.5% 175 23.1% 23.7% 8 h. 2 counties and 3 towns in the village 198 33.6% 33.7% 239 31.6% 32.3% 5 i. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods 99 16.8% 16.9% 120 15.9% 16.2% 13 j. Design standards for new development 94 15.9% 16.0% 131 17.3% 17.7% 11 k. Youth/senior services 118 20.0% 20.1% 141 18.7% 19.1% 10 l. Merge town and village governments 175 29.7% 29.8% 204 27.0% 27.6% 6 m. Property taxes 455 77.1% 77.5% 550 72.8% 74.4% 1 n. Property maintenance code 95 16.1% 16.2% 121 16.0% 16.4% 12 o. Improving educational resources 61 10.3% 10.4% 85 11.2% 11.5% 15 p. Accessibility for persons with disabilities 48 8.1% 8.2% 52 6.9% 7.0% 17 Other (please specify) 57 9.7% 9.7% 64 8.5% 8.7% 16 Skipped question 3 0.5% 17 2.2% 63 people gave responses in the Other category. They fell into the following categories. Shopping (15) affordable shopping affordable shopping department store 18 department store department store an absolute necessity department store of moderate size dept store large big box store i.e. Walmart need large retail store.... Quality Grocery Store Shoping Shopping centers Walmart is needed for shopping, more employment we need either a Wal-Mart or Target Wider variety of food and per. goods,at a reasonible price Housing (5) affordable housing assisted living Housing affordability and availability housing and the treatment of the poor in them senior housing Zoning and code enforcement (4) a code officer who enforces existing codes impartially code enforcement zoning enforcement for decrepid buildings and concequences for not complying Zoning Use Enforcement All of the above (3) all of these are of concern impossible to check only 5, as almost all on the list are of great concern to our family! This was hard - they're all important... Health care (3) health care for all medical cost Reasonably priced variety of mds Historic preservation and reuse (3) historic preservation historic preservation Restoration and preservation of existing buildings 19 Infrastructure issues (3) decent streets and roads ie well paved and maintained improve village ancient infrastructure street lights Crime and policing – related (2) a credible police force/dept. teen vandalism/lack of policing of teens in public areas on private property Education – related (2) more night and weekend classes esp for blue collar folks and adults we have great schools Government – related (2) cost-effective government less "back-door" politics!!! Village dissolution (2) dissolve village dissolving village government Public transportation (2) Upkeep and maintenance of properties (2) clean up neighborhoods Mc Comstr (McColmstr?) some properties look like landfill dumps especially along Rt. 86 between Saranac Lake ad Donnelly'e Corners The following responses were not grouped with similar answers; each one was expressed once: access to the ARTS development of private sector jobs Dark skies - reduction of light at night. Use of shields to focus light downward at night on parking lots. preservation of open space downtown parking property rights equitable property taxes Lack of GOOD Restaurants sales tax base sewer on Woodycrest Road sidewalks on roads leading to schools for safe walking 20 need cap on size of retail store promoting growth thru upgrading tourism infrastructure Trash on streets and in parks. Maintain village property (Riverwalk railing, trashcans, etc.) filtered drinking water 6. Which issue from above is most important? 670 people answered the question 86 left it blank Of those who answered it, the responses were: Cost and availability of housing 52 Preservation of open space 17 Access to parks, riverfront, recreation 0 Local shops and services 62 Local jobs/economic opportunities 52 Environmental quality 31 Energy efficiency 21 2 counties and 3 towns in the village 43 Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods 8 Design standards for new development 22 Youth/senior services 8 Merge town and village governments 32 Property taxes 267 Property maintenance code 13 Improving educational resources 10 Accessibility for persons with disabilities 7 Other 27 Of the 27 people who chose “Other” the responses were: Affordable housing Affordable shopping all are important all are important all are important all are important all are important all are important assisted living combine services to lower taxes Commercial garage on pine & McKenzie = business conducted in middle of road. Why? Consolidation of governments consolidation of services economic status of the village GOODS and PRICES health care historic preservation maintaining the historic, small town old fashioned artist community that we have maintianing the integrity of the small community Night and weekend classes 21 Parking availability Restoration and preservation of existing buildings Sewer on Woodycrest Road stop abusing the disabled/elderly at 14 K.R. village infrastructure zoning Zoning Use Enforcement 31 people who chose one of the options write a comment in addition to saying which was most important. These answers were: all very important and hard to choose - combination of government and proper management centralization and simplification of government D- Give us some shopping! Let stores come! department store and quality grocery department store of moderate size dept store design standards for new development, ones that would initiate sustainable community values in design developing more local shops/department store downtown economic status of the village environmental quality but our economy is on a down slide grocery shopping (not aldi) I suggest merging Franklin, Essex and Clinton Counties and forming towns along school district boundaries or switch Harrietstown to Essex county where it would have more political clout, lower taxes and be closer to the county seat. i. Need better sidewalks Keeping property taxes reasonable for year-round residents l - cooperate and share resources lack of large scale retail shoping.. expensive grocery stores Local shops and services that survive the threat of larger corporations. m - in line with family incomes M - taxes will probably make me sell within the next 4 to 5 years. I'm 56. m & reasonable assessments m based on income m- by far - outrageous move village into one county need a dept store private sector growth Reducing taxes and costs so I can afford my home Streamline Govt Process: 1 Cnty, 1 Town taxes and water/sewer are too high There aren't any decent department stores in the area... too hard to pick, but environmental quality encompasses many important things to us WalMart 22 7. Identify the FIVE types of economic development you believe the community should focus most on. (check up to 5) Responses only by residents of Village or Harrietstown All responses (590 responses in this category) (756 responses total) Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Rank of Number of survey Number of survey category category response of respondents of respondents who who among all responses in this responses in this answered answered responses category category this this question question Economic development a. Retail development 388 65.8% 66.1% 482 63.8% 65.4% 3 b. Downtown business development 399 67.6% 68.0% 513 67.9% 69.6% 2 c. Home-based businesses 66 11.2% 11.2% 87 11.5% 11.8% 11 d. Office parks/professional 87 14.7% 14.8% 116 15.3% 15.7% 9 e. Manufacturing 97 16.4% 16.5% 117 15.5% 15.9% 8 f. Reuse of existing buildings 428 72.5% 72.9% 530 70.1% 71.9% 1 g. Lodging 59 10.0% 10.1% 78 10.3% 10.6% 12 h. Restaurants 193 32.7% 32.9% 244 32.3% 33.1% 4 i. Tourist shops 44 7.5% 7.5% 53 7.0% 7.2% 15 j. Recreational businesses 141 23.9% 24.0% 189 25.0% 25.6% 7 k. Agriculture 55 9.3% 9.4% 74 9.8% 10.0% 13 l. Logging/wood products industries 44 7.5% 7.5% 61 8.1% 8.3% 14 m. Human services/healthcare 192 32.5% 32.7% 242 32.0% 32.8% 5 n. Lake Clear airport 171 29.0% 29.1% 223 29.5% 30.3% 6 Other (please specify) 78 13.2% 13.3% 95 12.6% 12.9% 10 Skipped question 3 0.5% 19 2.5% 95 people gave responses in the Other category. They fell into the following categories: Types of retail development (18) A Grade A Grocery Store A quality department store with affordable prices like Wal-Mart would have brought Bringing Wal Mart or Target to town clothing and food store Community Store convenient, reasonably priced selection of goods department store department store Fair, clean Grocery Store large box store i.e. Walmart major grocery chain store 23 NO Walmart Retail Development support of the community store Wal-mart Wal-Mart or other big retail store walmart-type business we need another store High tech and research businesses (14) Biotech clean hi-tech businesses computer/software businesses development of higher tech/higher standard/career jobs (computer, biotech, etc) Environmental environmental research/application businesses high tech business High tech, biotech, and environmental leadership industries High tech/biotech Incentives for clean industries, R&D, biotech, tech Knowledge-based/creative class businesses research Scientific research technical The arts (7) art galleries art studies arts arts related galleries/arts the arts THE ARTS Internet-based business (4) development of broad band for telecommuting E-commerce/Broadband based tele-commuters teleworking - high speed internet Tourism-related (4) Eco-tourism Historic tourism Promoting Tourism Redevelop Lake Flower area to encourage tourists Education-related (3) colleges/schools education 24 expand NCCC on existing campus Housing-related (3) apartments and housing elder care / housing improved housing Job types and creation (3) bring in good jobs (environmentally friendly manufacturing, tech/manufacturing, etc. for people who don't have a college education with benefits and sufficient pay to maintain their family. build job base Jobs for borderline "80" IQ. We have a lot of them. Get rid of airport (2) Localization (2) Localization Saturday centralized market-agric/local bus Manufacturing (2) light manufacturing small manufactoring Parking – related (2) downtown parking parking Energy development (2) renewable energy wind power Downtown signage – related (2) improve visisibility of village parking signs signage for downtown - surrounding areas The following responses were not grouped with similar answers; each one was expressed once: A new "theme" for the community. For instance, we used to be known as the TB Town, which was great for business, but now what should the theme be? LP has the Olympics, and TL has the Wild Center Adirondack Carousel bike trails convention center downtown business development Economic Development Zones at town entrances roads get things going on the harrietstown business park grant assistance to local existing businesses 25 holistic medicine industry (a return to roots) knoch (sic) of cost gouging in SL Lodging downtown. People staying downtown shop downtown. LOSE THE TAX EXEMPT PROPERTIES Movie theater & bicycle shop. need a blend - not just tourism based new street along RR tracks following B'way to B'dale preserve our youth so they stay promotion and branding Railroad recreation, biking, sailing, ski, hike same as last other see attachment selling off village owned property, or re-develop it, put something back where buildings were, alpine hotel, potter block!! separation of chamber of commerce and village small entrepreneurial businesses State & Fed Gov offices in SL steak and seafood restaurant Transportation 8. Which of the items from above is most important? 654 people answered the question 102 left it blank Of those who answered it, the responses were: Retail development 211 Downtown business development 162 Home-based businesses 2 Office parks/professional 11 Manufacturing 14 Reuse of existing buildings 82 Lodging 3 Restaurants 13 Tourist shops 3 Recreational businesses 14 Agriculture 4 Logging/wood products industries 2 Human services/healthcare 37 Lake Clear airport 20 Other 75 Of the 75 people who chose “Other” the responses were: A Grade A Grocery Store Adirondack Carousel affordable high quality food store all ALL all are important blend of jobs bringing more businesses to area 26 Bringing Wal Mart to town buisness development in general business development business development can't have any one without the others can't pick - dependent on each other cheaper air fares clean industry colleges/schools creating youth opportunities and income department store dept store dept store Fair, clean Grocery Store geopolitical realignment get rid of Lake Clear Airport good paying jobs for blue collar workers helping small, locally owned businesses succeed high tech business high tech/biotech HIstoric tourism housing and respect of consumer I think they all are important improved housing jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs Lake large box store i.e. Walmart large boxstore major grocery chain store Making downtown a place people will want to stop, be able to park, then spend money. more local fresh food n - sell it and lower our taxes / a - walmart, target or kohls need a dept store new street NOT the airport o - holistic medicine industry O - separation of chamber of commerce and village o - wind power O. - Use the dam for hydro power Offering department stores and tourist shops like Lake Placid would satisfy locals and tourists... other other OTHER from above other-refer to web site www.boycefarmersmarket.com promoting and supporting tourism and the businesses who bring valuable tourists to our community promotion and branding re-building on vacant lots- would help with the tax base re-development in general - they all tie in together Retail development should have codes more similar to Lake Placid. No Big Box Stores - medium nice looking ones with nice landscaping Saranac Lake needs a plan. What would make it a 27 destination? How do we get people to visit? scientific research shopping for elderly State & Fed Gov offices in SL steak and seafood restaurant telecommuting The city of Silverthorne, CO (primarily a blue-collar village near Breckenridge, CO) dramatically improved their downtown by building a city recreational center. I have the plans. The strategic and comprehensive planning of downtown as a more pedestrian friendly community Tourism and seasonal residences tend to bring the most money to town and village. Walmart Wal-mart Wal-Mart walmart and user friendly low cost restaurants for us old people we need a good large grocery store we need something that brings jobs to the area 16 people who chose one of the options write a comment in addition to saying which was most important. These answers were: retail development - Walmart retail development - not walmart retail store not a community one a - low prices and selection needed E-but nothing producing toxic wastes need at least 2 really good restaurants manufacturing (idealistic but important) reuse and renovation of existing buildings affordable restaurant/diner with healthy food agriculture/really hard to say, all important practical and efficient use of existing buildings human services/healthcare, with emphasis on health/nutrition education A----Need large, reasonably priced department store and grocery (i.e., WalMart type) a sign directing people to downtown at Main and River St. indicating variety of retail stores development of the Industrial Park that is costing those of us in Harrietstown big dollars and is not being advertised or developed a - we have to have a box store to draw people to the village. Once they are here then they will explore the tourist shops. But we have to get the people here. 28 9. Do you feel that there should be a cap on retail store size (Yes/No) Responses only by residents of Village or Harrietstown All responses (590 responses in this category) (756 responses total) Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Number of survey Number of survey category category of respondents of respondents who who responses in this responses in this answered answered category category this this question question Retail Cap Yes 347 58.8% 60.0% 450 59.5% 62.0% No 231 39.2% 40.0% 276 36.5% 38.0% Skipped question 12 2.0% 30 4.0% 10. What do you think it should be? Of those who said “Yes” to a retail cap, 78% (349) filled in an answer to this question and 22% (101) left it blank. Of the 349 people who filled in an answer, the responses were: Gave a number, range, or comparison that could be converted to a number (1) 265 76% Made a comment that could not readily be converted to a number (3) 61 17% Said they didn’t know what the retail cap size should be 23 7% In addition to giving a number or comparison for the size of the cap of a retail store, 36 10% also suggested a cap for a plaza or shopping center (2) (1) Of the 265 who provided a number or comparison, the responses were: Smallest size suggested 5,000 sq ft. Largest size suggested 200,000 sq ft. Average of sizes suggested 48,203 sq ft. Standard deviation of sizes suggested 24,316 sq ft. Most common responses: 40,000 sq. ft 133 responses 50,000 sq. ft 17 responses 60,000 sq. ft 16 responses 20,000 sq. ft 10 responses All other values Fewer than 10 Note – For the purposes of analysis, comparison to existing buildings was converted to that building’s square footage. When someone suggested a range, the average value was used. (2) Of the 36 who also suggested a size cap for a plaza, the numbers were: 29 Smallest size suggested 60,000 sq ft. Largest size suggested 120,000 sq ft. Average of sizes suggested 70,889 sq ft. Standard deviation of sizes suggested 10,189 sq ft. Most common responses: 68,000 sq. ft 29 responses 75,000 sq. ft 2 responses (3) Among those who made a comment, they were: Fit into footprint of existing bldgs like Aldi's into Stanley I don't know exact square footage, but the size of Aubuchon, Ace, Kinney's, the big Grand Union is big enough. Anything larger than that would be silly for this small community. Anything larger just wouldn't fit, and it would be a waste of land and look ugly in this aesthetically pleasing, small-self-owned-business- oriented community. I have no idea of square footage...No supercenters. I guess similar to GU store in Ames plaza. a Wal-Mart or huge structure does not blend in with the Saranac Lake ambiance but larger than current cap. depends on location depends on site location depends on where located I am not well informed but a walmart type store strikes me as too large. I think no 'major chains' should be allowed to be established I want to see us maintain who SL is - and not become one of the many with large malls, etc who close down the Moms and Pops. It should be based on the population that would use it. I prefer specialty shop shopping. just not a superstore Just not the monster size Walmart had intended! Large enough to give us some opportunities and not send a negative message large enough to serve the community and not so large that they pull out in 5 years. less than any walmart size less than the Super Store size maintain small stores medium sized medium-sized mini malls would be great!! moderate Moderate size, compatible with existing uses moderate sized next to main highways only/not beyond the tree top no "big box" stores - scale them appropriate to community size 30 no big box stores no big box stores no big box stores no bigger thatn target or walmart no boxes, no super size no idea but not a huge box store in this area no idea but not walmart size no mega retailer no 'super sized' stores no super centers no super store no super stores no superstores no superstores, but Target etc. ok No Wallmarts or the like No Walmart! not a 'mega' store Not in village - outside yes. Want to keep downtown. No superstore. not super stores Not sure, but one that would prevent "big box stores" from establishing themselves. Nothing as big as a walmart! Really it is hard to put number on a size cap but it should be something reasonable rental units small small small enough to keep megaretailers out Smaller than Walmart smaller than WalMart, possibly no larger than a Target smaller the better stronger enforcement of zoning procedures on slumlords...You have a couple of building owners who are killing downtown SL! The size of store should fit the area. unsure, smaller is better Unsure. Within reason. very small we need a decent retailer in area Within scale of down-town. Keep business in town. 60,000 for a stores downtown, 40,000 for new stores on new development, 68,000 for a plaza 80-90,000 range depending upon business Of those who said “No” to a retail cap, 27% (75) filled in an answer to this question and 73% (201) left it blank. Of the 75 people who filled in an answer, the responses were: cheap retail store any size businesses are careful with their money. They know what they need better than you. 31 multi product store big box should depend on the individual application-not a blanket cap Plus or minus 60,000 Adirondacky and pleasing to the eye The way that it is usually sized (Walmart) Not sure I think we should have a large mall. The sky! Don't care (more jobs) whatever fits according to the code let them build any size so we have a place to shop whatever the market will bear If they want to come into town, let them. We could have had a Wal-Mart if it weren't for this just get a dept store - doesn't matter 121K at least Village and Town should still have control 100,000 is size will be restricted to be determined by the corporation. I do believe we have been too restrictive. Too much concern for aesthetics over needs of poeple This is an unfair question for most people as we don't know what square footage is for a store human services the size should fit the type of business none we need a large store - supply to meet demand size should be determined by site within reason No - you lost a superwalmart and get an aldis. People when they go to Pburg to shop don't shop at Aldis. market size will dictate store size as large as a company wants to build enough size for a super walmart Walmart size to bring customers from surrounding communities whatever allows for retail store to come in it depends on what retail store sells There should be no limit. We need a Wal*Mart!!! walmart - no place to buy pillow cases,socks,etc free market must decide the bigger the better Case by case basis depending on the economic benifit for Saranac Lake Any thing that is realistic and blends in with the neighborhood what walmart propose walmart-more jobs, more shopping we need a walmart or a target Larger than what the talk is presently As Large as possible. Larger better, more variety, better prices for all income background in area 32 whatever it takes whatever will meet needs like target walmart types size to take in all products they sell Wal-Mart no limit I think traveling to get everything is terrible when one store could give everything needed Target whatever the business requires As long as it blends with our area walmart Whatever will come in N/A NONE Available space already limits size doesnt matter....we need a good store like walmart There should not be one. Let the stores come, for God's sake! with in reason rather a strict set of additional requirements for those establishments wishing to come in none UNLIMITED Anything but Walmart as large as needed to attract a developer when considering size for sl, other towns will travel to shop, as do most now. we have to stop letting a few control the town and work together - recalling when ames came in everyone thought the town was going to fold it didn't, it became busier and downtown business picked up!! we need to welcome any business that wants to be here - not make it difficult for them get walmart!!!!! Flexibility in site review and high performance standards. Target, Lowes = yes, Walmart = No whatever is interested in coming here 33 11. Do you think the following community resources are adequately protected? (circle yes or no for each) Responses only by residents of Village or Harrietstown All responses (590 responses in this category) (756 responses total) Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Number of survey Number of survey category category of respondents of respondents who who responses in this responses in this answered answered category category this this question question Are resources adequately protected? Farmland No 166 28.1% 36.1% 217 28.7% 37.3% Yes 294 49.8% 63.9% 365 48.3% 62.7% Blank 130 22.0% 174 23.0% Private forest land No 103 17.5% 20.9% 137 18.1% 22.1% Yes 389 65.9% 79.1% 483 63.9% 77.9% Blank 98 16.6% 136 18.0% Wildlife habitat No 146 24.7% 29.5% 186 24.6% 29.8% Yes 349 59.2% 70.5% 439 58.1% 70.2% Blank 95 16.1% 131 17.3% Scenic vistas No 177 30.0% 36.0% 227 30.0% 36.7% Yes 314 53.2% 64.0% 392 51.9% 63.3% Blank 99 16.8% 137 18.1% Wetlands No 134 22.7% 27.3% 173 22.9% 28.0% Yes 357 60.5% 72.7% 445 58.9% 72.0% Blank 99 16.8% 138 18.3% Lakes and rivers No 190 32.2% 38.6% 246 32.5% 39.7% Yes 302 51.2% 61.4% 373 49.3% 60.3% Blank 98 16.6% 137 18.1% Aquifers/groundwater No 223 37.8% 48.5% 295 39.0% 50.9% Yes 237 40.2% 51.5% 285 37.7% 49.1% Blank 130 22.0% 176 23.3% Historic buildings/sites No 205 34.7% 42.6% 260 34.4% 43.2% Yes 276 46.8% 57.4% 342 45.2% 56.8% Blank 109 18.5% 154 20.4% 48 people listed ideas in the Other category. They fell into the following categories. Responses about people (7) residents are a resource not adequately protected humans middle class professionals - No Jobs for our Children misuse from people or terrorism? our "human resources" are most important- without the "people" this survey is moot The people of the community are most at risk. Cultural resourses equal to natural 34 Views & vistas (6) Mt. Pisgah development did not protect views Lake Flower Vistas, Harrietstown Rd the lack of a scenic pull-off on Harrietstown Hill is a travesty Scenic Vistas: SCENIC VISTAS Pull-off Vista Harrietstown Rd Not sure (6) I don't know if or how they are protected. don't know unsure of all of above I am not qualified to say re:a-g where are the rules that determine the protection of our resources? Don't know Water quality – related (5) invasive aquatics water quality should be better how ofter do we boil water e,f,g affected by salt Stormwater runoff into Saranac River Property – related (4) historic buildings For my taxes I'd like to see a grout for building up keep Rental Properties are not being maintained AMA campus is disgraceful All (3) probably more could be done for all of these can we ever protect enough nature? I am unsure. I want it all protected over new buidling construction. Acid rain – related (2) there is nothing the community can directly do, but acid rain is hurting all ponds and lakes. Acid rain Quiet (2) peace and quiet peace and quiet 35 The following answers were not grouped with similar responses; each appeared once: APA PROTECTED disabled/elderly abused don't limit motor size on Lake Colby Downtown business center is also a resource needing more protection. garbage along roads and state beaches is aweful history most forest land is overprotected Mt. Pisgah - not just the ski center. Overgrown and trees all cut. NCCC no - see attached opportunities for the arts park/rec facilities Tree infrastructure we must keep up the good work 36 12. What Infrastructure improvements are most needed? (check up to 5): Responses only by residents of Village or Harrietstown All responses (590 responses in this category) (756 responses total) Percentage Percentage of those in of those in Percentage Percentage this this Rank of Number of survey Number of survey category category response of respondents of respondents who who among all responses in this responses in this answered answered responses category category this this question question Infrastructure a. Public water 302 51.2% 52.1% 359 47.5% 49.5% 3 b. Public sewer 213 36.1% 36.7% 252 33.3% 34.8% 8 c. Roads 329 55.8% 56.7% 392 51.9% 54.1% 1 d. Parking 255 43.2% 44.0% 326 43.1% 45.0% 4 e. Building code enforcement 219 37.1% 37.8% 274 36.2% 37.8% 7 f. Building permit process 68 11.5% 11.7% 84 11.1% 11.6% 11 g. Public transportation 222 37.6% 38.3% 285 37.7% 39.3% 6 h. Sidewalks 312 52.9% 53.8% 373 49.3% 51.4% 2 i. Bike lanes 245 41.5% 42.2% 315 41.7% 43.4% 5 j. Broadband internet access 147 24.9% 25.3% 199 26.3% 27.4% 9 k. Wireless internet capabilities 142 24.1% 24.5% 191 25.3% 26.3% 10 Other (please specify) 56 9.5% 9.7% 68 9.0% 9.4% 12 Skipped question 10 1.7% 31 4.1% 68 people gave responses in the Other category. They fell into the following categories. Cell phone coverage (27) better cellular phone coverage cell access cell coverage cell coverage Cell phone coverage cell phone coverage cell phone improvement in blackout areas cell phone service cell phone service cell phone service cell phone service cell phone service cell phone service expanded area cell phone towers Cell phone towers cell phone towers 37 cell phone towers cell phone towers cell phone towers cell phone towers cell service Cell Service cell towers cellphone coverage more uniform cell phone coverage in SL and surrounding areas Reliable cell phone service wireless cell phone coverage Zoning, code enforcement, and town aesthetics (11) code enforcement sucks common retail store facades - Adirondack look to all stores downtown building keep up Enforce please your existing codes on buildings that are rundown and not maintained by slumlords. Where is the pride? Go after these people. Enforcing all bldgs in town to be spruced up and pleasing to the eye and tourists General maintenance and beautification and litter pick up removal of junk set back codes slum areas, e.g. gold mine junk yard; junction pine & mcKenzie Pond Rd, House next to DJ's restaurant strengthen building codes Zoning and Zoning enforcement Zoning Use enforcement Burying utilities and reducing signage (6) bury electric lines and reduce the glut of signage bury electrical lines & make signage coming into town more uniform bury overhead utilities bury utility lines & hanicap access Putting powerlines underground under ground electric lines All of the above (2) all of the above it's all important, and should have been worked on all along Bike trails (2) Bike Path to Lake Placid Mtn. bike trails 38 The following responses were not grouped with similar answers; each one was expressed once: affordable housing assessment process dog droppings expanded use of fire dept siren for community wide communication Fuel delivery and cost Garbage Pick up Get rid of Harrietstown Hwy dept or merge them with the village GIS map of underground utilities and infrastructure so that pipes would stop getting burst every time someone digs underground and then we have to have another boil water order! handicapped accessibility internet access to government Lake Flower Ave less expensive cable tv not familar with some paint crosswalks in May not July public power station like Placid and Tupper river walk extension shop owners keeping the sidewalks clear of snow Shopping storm sewers 13. Which infrastructure improvement from the list above is most important? 621 people answered the question 135 left it blank Of those who answered it, the responses were: Public water 133 Public sewer 43 Roads 87 Parking 49 Building code enforcement 78 Building permit process 5 Public transportation 41 Sidewalks 58 Bike lanes 34 Broadband internet access 37 Wireless internet capabilities 22 Other 34 Of the 34 people who chose “Other” the responses were: Affordable Housing all 39 all checked items all of the above all of them Are there no regulations concerning the number of vehivles on property = garage on Pine/McKenzie? Some days, 30 vehicles. assessment process building codes building codes building keep up cell access cell phone service cell phone service cell phone service cell phone signal coverage cell phone towers common look for store facades General maint. handicapped accessibility improved cell phone access bury overhead lines bury electric lines and reduce the glut of signage Lake Flower Ave low-cost shopping maintenance neglected at 14 K. R. nature environmental quality need store fronts and infrastructure like lake placid o - cell towers protecting historic sites/blgs Putting Powerlines underground Safety, Attractiveness Shopping storm sewers They are all equally important. These are quality of life issues. 21 people who chose one of the options write a comment in addition to saying which was most important. These answers were: d - need some free parking Enforce your existing laws or improve or add new ones to go after slumlords. h - more sidewalks thruout the entire village including harrietstown ampersand ave to st rt 3 at the petrova field h - sidewalks are disgrace, esp on Lake Flower Ave. Also Pine St. and Hope St. Historic preservation code enforcement issues - save old buildings i - where children can ride 40 I'd narrow it to water/sewer/parking Improve water quality and the pipes it flows in. improved road and sidewalk maintenance keeping the worry out of the public drinking water. road - mckenzie widen/fix; sidewalks - toward pine st to mckenzie pond rd, walk is dangerous Roads and sidewalks. These go hand in hand and can/should be repaired/built at the same time. Roads-alt route through village from north of B'way sewer and water lines need to be updated before a crisis sidewalk - NBT to Sara Placid sidewalks - especially upper Main St. and lake flower ave Sidewalks and road on Lake Flower Avenue sidewalks on lake flower ave are completely unsafe The roads and sidwalks could definatley use some updating - they would look nice if paved black like lake placid water/sewer take priority - but there is no easily obtained transportation - what about a town owned taxi service?? wireless and internet access to attract clean hi-tech businesses. 41 14. Are there any important issues that this survey did not take into account? 15. Please identify one idea to make our community a better place. These questions were asked to provide respondents an opportunity to share any ideas, concerns and thoughts that they felt weren’t addressed in the other survey questions. They were the only two questions in the survey that required respondents to write in answers, and therefore they represented the greatest challenge in terms of the analysis of results. After an initial assessment of the comments was performed, the eleven categories listed in the left column of the table below were determined to capture the major ideas raised in most of the comments. The responses were each sorted in to the most relevant of these categories to facilitate analysis. In some cases we also grouped the comments into relevant sub-categories to enable further analysis. Results: This table provides a statistical analysis of the comments based on the eleven categories and includes the response category frequency, percentage and rank for each of the two questions separately and the responses to the two questions combined. No analysis has been done at this point of the sub-categories. Question # 15 - Idea to Question # 14 - Additional Both questions - make the community a issues combined responses better place # of # of % of # of % of % of Response categories respons responses Rank response respons Rank respon respons Rank es s es ses es 1. Economic Development 37 10.3% 2 103 16.8% 1 140 14.4% 1 2. Environment: Natural & Cultural 23 6.4% 6 21 3.4% 7 44 4.5% 9 3. Government-Local 37 10.3% 2 75 12.2% 4 112 11.5% 4 4. Housing 11 3.1% 8 31 5.1% 6 42 4.3% 10 5.Intrastructure & Transportation 30 8.4% 4 31 5.1% 6 61 6.3% 7 6. Municipal Code 26 7.3% 5 31 5.1% 6 57 5.9% 8 7. Property Taxes 42 11.7% 1 39 6.4% 5 81 8.3% 5 8. Public Services: Fire/Rescue/ Police/Health Care 36 10.1% 3 31 5.1% 6 67 6.9% 6 9. Recreation & the Arts 30 8.4% 4 87 14.2% 3 117 12.0% 3 10. Retail Cap/Big Box Retail 21 5.9% 7 97 15.8% 2 118 12.2% 2 11. Other 65 18.2% 67 10.9% 132 13.6% Total 358 100.0% 613 100.0% 971 100.0% nb Rankings do not include the “Other” category Shading is for visual convenience only and has no interpretive significance 42 Responses: Question #14 – Are there any important community issues this survey did not take into account? Sub - Comment Category Category 1 encourage tourism,-friendly, courteous village employees Econ. Dev't Tourism 2 Not enough focus on upscale tourism Econ. Dev't Tourism 3 beautify the village (e.g., River Walk) Econ. Dev't Tourism 4 More activities to bring in and retain outside money Econ. Dev't Tourism 5 developing Lake Flower water front Econ. Dev't Tourism 6 cosmetic improvements to public town areas Econ. Dev't Tourism 7 Thing that will the tourism to SL and keep them coming back. Econ. Dev't Tourism 8 tourism to promote growth and prosperity Econ. Dev't Tourism Allow more special events like in 1978 - boat races - week long. Tourism This brought alot of money to our area. Open up the parks to 9 allow events like this to happen. Econ. Dev't 10 weekly entertainment agenda - Riverside Park Econ. Dev't Tourism We need to give people a reason for stopping in Saranac Lake, not Tourism 11 just pass through it. Listen to the people who live here. Econ. Dev't How to attract visitors - assuming the town depends on them Tourism 12 financially Econ. Dev't 13 tourist attractions Econ. Dev't Tourism I don't like how there are so many people littering around the park Tourism 14 gazebo near stewarts. there should be a garbage can right there. Econ. Dev't 15 Have more summer and winter events to bring people Econ. Dev't Tourism Supporting tourism would bring people to this community who Tourism spend valuable dollars in our grocery stores, gas stations, lodging 16 facilities, theatres, shops, restaurants. Econ. Dev't 17 Improving Saranac Lake Hotel Econ. Dev't Tourism working together with all other Adirondack communities to create Tourism 18 a whole picture to attract tourists and businesses Econ. Dev't We need to capitlize on our waterways. Non-tourism businesses Tourism should be discouraged from building adjacent to waterways and 19 tourism businesses encouraged to located near waterways. Econ. Dev't attract local young people to stay in the area with jobs that are 20 competative with national wages. Econ. Dev't Jobs 21 Give up on industrial park - a complete waste of taxpayer $$ Econ. Dev't Jobs 22 manufacturing and growth industry Econ. Dev't Jobs 23 vitality of good jobs for future generations Econ. Dev't Jobs Something has to be done to keep our young people here or we Jobs will become a 2nd home and retirement community. We must move forward in our thinking. there must be development to keep 24 this town moving forward. Econ. Dev't 25 one thing that needs more attention is jobs Econ. Dev't Jobs 26 Job creation Econ. Dev't Jobs Sustainable Development - Vitalization of local Jobs 27 economies/resources as a starting point Econ. Dev't who will supply jobs to the middle class residents after prisons Jobs 28 start closing? Econ. Dev't see if banks beauty salons and real estate offices might relocate so 29 we could actually have a main street with shops. Econ. Dev't Retail 43 30 What can be done to save the Hotel Saranac ? Econ. Dev't Retail merchants association/planning board to determine growth is a Retail huge conflict of interest. Why would any businessman want competition - where in town charter was that formed? members 31 on board should be elected. Econ. Dev't Great need for a good grocery store and neither GU nor the Aldis Retail 32 fits the bill Econ. Dev't 33 unable to travel to shop Econ. Dev't Retail 34 Lack of qualtity grocery shopping. Econ. Dev't Retail 35 High prices in gas and groceries in comparison to other areas Econ. Dev't Retail 36 architectural design for retail/commercial space Econ. Dev't Retail increased hours and more efficient business practices of the retail Retail 37 stores in Saranac Lake Econ. Dev't 38 Invasive plants (waterway threat); Environment Natural 39 Septic system code for replacement; Environment Natural 40 eurasiam water milfoil in Saranac Lakes chain Environment Natural 41 the needs of low income people Environment Natural 42 protection of shorefront and development Environment Natural , get DEC put in on Bayside Dr. onto public sewer, it's septic is Natural 43 failing and it smells and adversely effects lake Environment 44 get rid of geese Environment Natural 45 Yes! The dirty geese - they are polluting land and water Environment Natural 46 The geese are making a mess. Environment Natural 47 too limited recycling Environment Natural 48 litter, aesthetics Environment Natural 49 Goose poop and dog poop Environment Natural The health hazard and down asthetics of enormous amounts of Natural 50 goose feces in riverside park. Environment The geese have ruined our only family picnic and boating area. 51 Can't recreate in poop! Environment Natural 52 Alternative energy sources should have government support Environment Sustainability 53 alternative energy Environment Sustainability development potential of wind power (how about on top of Mt. 54 Baker?) Environment Sustainability 55 access to energy efficient technologies Environment Sustainability Energy independence (power dam, solar, geothermal a la Okotoks 56 Alberta) Environment Sustainability Protecting our infrastructure of trees - natural cooling/wind 57 protection, many elms dying - how replace them Environment Sustainability 58 Could wind power help? Environment Sustainability 59 Historic character Environment Cultural 60 Keeping downtown's charm and character, Environment Cultural 61 Dissolution of the village Government Shared Services 62 get rid of village to reduce taxes Government Shared Services 63 village expansion Government Shared Services 64 consolidation of town, village and school districts Government Shared Services 65 cost of 3 layers of police and sheriff protection Government Shared Services Merge the Gov - lower taxes so fixed income people can live here Shared Services 66 and not be forced to loose their homes. Government Consolidation of public works; minimize future payroll obligations Shared Services 67 through contract services; effective management of services. Government Get a good grant writer - there's a lot of money out there that we 68 aren't capitalizing on. Our surrounding towns are... Government 44 Overuse of salt on roads and highways in winter (great job 69 plowing!) Government 70 Village clean-up crews. Government 71 The village should pick up "all" trash. Government 72 Notification of water main breaks Government 73 Randig-record of check bouncing, insufficient funds Government 74 The people representing Perryman,(no longer). Government 75 Village Board Government 76 Need larger, more competent code enforcement staff Government snow removal in public places, need major improvement (ie, 77 Dorsey st parking lot) Government town and village need grant writer to help w/public water system esp to keep /update water lines ot keep from 'burst' pipes in 78 winter. Government 79 more grants for community's welfare. Government 80 Lack of Leadership - Village Mgr Position not needed Government Money to fix up Lower Broadway - it's getting there but has a way 81 to go Government Plus the water/sewer bills have doubles in 5 years! Still no 82 filtration!! Government Our winter roads get too much salt: sand ratio (plus the additives 83 in the salt). Government when all the votes are 3-2 it's plain to see the board is not for the 84 people. Government Extreme accountability! Money in = money where?? does not 85 balance! Government The survey should ask whether we are happy or not with our 86 elected officials Government commit to keep the pettiness and politics out of the workplace. We just lost a hard working and dedicated village manager due to 87 a lack of respect and recognition of professional boundaries. Government how will the village and town secure grants to make suggested 88 improvements? Government The towns need a stronger voice in Albany to get funding to make 89 these things happen. Government We're spending too much $ on staffing - too many chiefs - lack of 90 benefit contributions, etc. Government 91 Health insurance contributions by employees of village and town Government 92 small town politics Government 93 town recycling Government Making sure planning board and zoning appeal board follows the 94 law. Government yes - the professionlism has gone out the window - we need and "open door" gov. the "good old boy" network is killing the town! because you have a personal conflict with someone does not mean 95 they are not capable of doing the job!! Government 96 Board needs to work together Government 97 Village employees should fund a portion of their own health care Government attract local young people to stay in the area with housing that are 98 competative with national wages. Housing 99 Slum landlords - subsidized by HUD rentals. Housing 100 rundown apartments, people who rent but do no repairs Housing McComb and Prospect Street abandoned houses torn down or 101 fixed up. Codes are not enforced. Housing 45 Slumlords in downtown SL are killing us. Where are the laws to 102 aggressively fix this problem? Housing Dilapidated buildings & property that is an eyesore to the 103 community and visitors Housing 104 Mixed housing development by Town and Village Housing 105 limit new homes in limited access areas like Kiwassa Rd Housing 106 grants for improvement of old homes within the village Housing limit of seasonal rental properties in residental neighborhoods and 107 tax same properties Housing 108 lack of adaquate housing Housing get rid of lake clear airport only north elba benefits and some Infrastr. & 109 really rich folks Transport. Infrastr. & 110 Give up on airport - a complete waste of taxpayer $$ Transport. Infrastr. & 111 dumping that Lake Clear airport Transport. Infrastr. & 112 sidewalks Transport. Infrastructure Also, I have lived in this town 30 years, roads are worse than Infrastr. & Infrastructure 113 ever. Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 114 Is there a plan for street re-surfacing? Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 115 Is there a plan for infrastruture? Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 116 pave the roads Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 117 - put in a sidewalk from NBT to Sara Placid, Transport. Sidewalk accessibility. Sidewalks are blocked on lower mccelland st Infrastructure by credit union cards. Sidewalks are blocked on Lake Flower ave by cars with bumpers over the sidewalk. Car dealership across Infrastr. & 118 from mountain mist. Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 119 infrastructure, Transport. Street lights on Flower "Lake" Edwards or Ames Shopping Center Infrastr. & 120 and before they develop Groc Store Aldis Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & Transportation 121 Roads and parking are terrible in this town Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 122 Crosswalks & stop signs Transport. elimination of parking by narrowing streets and widening Infrastr. & Transportation 123 sidewalks; too much parking getting eliminated Transport. speed limits in S.L surroundings need to be reversed due to more Infrastr. & Transportation 124 homes Transport. Saranac Lake has no natural 'flow'. OUr traffic patterns, both Transportation walking and driving) have no continuity and roads and sidewalks Infrastr. & 125 need fixing. Just look at Pine St.! Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 126 necessity for traffic lights i.e. old Ames plaza Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 127 Noise & traffic flow Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 128 traffic - signage - trucks - noise pollution Transport. 46 Infrastr. & Transportation 129 Handicapped Parking Transport. Pine St to B'dale Ave to Brandy Brook Dr is a residential area and Transportation construction vehicles should not use this street as a thoroughfare Infrastr. & 130 to Route 86. Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 131 Commuter rail service between SL & LP, maybe TL Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 132 Traffic control & - move trucks to Church St. and Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 133 parking permits Transport. Infrastr. & Transportation 134 Impact of traffic noise on downtown shopping environment Transport. Infrastr. & 135 Don't use tax dollars to subsidize internet or wireless projects. Transport. Infrastr. & 136 full cellular coverage in the TriLakes Transport. Access to public dataand files via the internet, ie. any file that Infrastr. & 137 needs to be accessed by visiting town hall. Transport. Infrastr. & 138 cell phone coverage Transport. 139 Backlotting on lakes - need code established; Muni. Code 140 Noise ordinance, bar noise Muni. Code 141 noise level, Muni. Code 142 lotting subdividing Muni. Code 143 wind towers, back (?) Muni. Code 144 a better control of bar activity--closing hours etc. Muni. Code 145 Construction noise in residential areas Muni. Code 146 Maintain cure cottage architecture Muni. Code 147 Development & code enforcement Muni. Code 148 you want a dog pick up after it Muni. Code noise ordinances? Noise pollution! Music from Waterhole concerts 149 in summer is incredibly loud. Muni. Code Yes, Private structure ruining views, ie, building houses on 150 mountian tops and sides Muni. Code 151 Noise pollution Muni. Code continued from # 11 - should make sure bldg heights and qty of 152 bldgs doesn't impact scenic views Muni. Code 153 noise pollution Muni. Code Noise pollution - especially Monroe Muffler after hours with straight 154 pipes near residential area. Muni. Code amend building code to tear down building - build new even if not 155 code compliant Muni. Code 156 Noise pollution from jet skis and snowmobiles Muni. Code 157 Clean-up of abandoned properties. Muni. Code I know they make money for the community but I think the bars 158 are open too late. Muni. Code 159 overall appearance of the village with all the vacant buildings Muni. Code 160 sound level ordinances-ticket over-loud car stereos! Muni. Code 161 Preserve the character of the town and village. Muni. Code 162 Noise pollution Muni. Code 163 9:30 curfew for kids and noise ordinance Muni. Code 164 Enforce cleaning up after dogs Muni. Code 47 165 property values Prop. Taxes 166 Tax assessment - abatement Prop. Taxes ideas for reducing property taxes (many long time residents are 167 being forced out of their homes) Prop. Taxes 168 rising taxes Prop. Taxes 169 budget/property taxes Prop. Taxes 170 Taxes on assessed homes Prop. Taxes 171 Build up Lake Flower Ave. to increase tax base Prop. Taxes 172 taxes Prop. Taxes 173 property assessments, increasing taxes Prop. Taxes 174 assessment process is not very open Prop. Taxes 175 assessments? bigger every year Prop. Taxes Outsource housing assessments- combine town and county 176 assessors Prop. Taxes 177 property, school tax, water and sewer too costly Prop. Taxes 178 Assessments Prop. Taxes 179 The desire for a retirement community has become too costly Prop. Taxes 180 Housing assessment and our ridiculous property taxes Prop. Taxes Yes, the fact that there are no businesses in town other than AMA 181 to help the tax bases. Prop. Taxes Too many tax free properties (PILOT) and second home owners - 182 welcome stranger - how about a Homestead Act? Prop. Taxes protecting private residential property especially waterfront, from 183 increasing tax burdens. This is driving local owners out. Prop. Taxes too many non-taxpaying land owners within village and state 184 outside Prop. Taxes 185 Taxes Prop. Taxes 186 Taxes Prop. Taxes 187 High taxes will close the village down Prop. Taxes The inequity of living just outside the village yet benefiting from its 188 resources without the taxation. Prop. Taxes Maintaining an appropriate school budget based on the taxpayers 189 ability to realistically support it. Prop. Taxes 190 MUST REDUCE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING Prop. Taxes property taxes are out of cotrol (will end up with rich and non 191 productives) Prop. Taxes Taxes are part of living in a community. Retail/Commericial business usually pays for most of these. If Retail business continues to drop off, residential taxes will rise to a point where 192 living here will become less desireable. Prop. Taxes 193 taxes Prop. Taxes 194 Getting more buildings on tax rolls (comlinks, etc) Prop. Taxes 195 runaway real estate values based on recent sales Prop. Taxes 196 taxes too high / need new job to keep young people here Prop. Taxes 197 Fixing property tax problems Prop. Taxes 198 Huge tax increases Prop. Taxes 199 taxes, taxes, taxes, Prop. Taxes 200 village taxes are much too high for the services we receive Prop. Taxes The quality of buildings/homes is low - taxes need to increase so 201 community can afford to better care for real estate Prop. Taxes 202 more on taxes Prop. Taxes 203 property taxes Prop. Taxes 204 water cost is too high for individual dweller Prop. Taxes 48 205 Cap permanent resident assessments at 3% per year Prop. Taxes Taxes - those in possession of properties for 70-80 years are forced to sell heritage for newly-wealthy "boomers." Taxes must be adjusted for those on retirement incomes from the 60's and 70's. Taxes must have equitable adjustment for riverfront. We have owned our property since the river-front was being logged and had little value. Now we are taxed out of ownership. Why? 206 Thanks to us the value of riverfront is escalating; income is not. Prop. Taxes 207 fire department building Public serv. Fire & Rescue 208 Housing for the fire department Public serv. Fire & Rescue Fire/EMS deficiencies - need for use of regional dispatching, paid Fire & Rescue 209 EMS Public serv. Fire/EMS deficiencies, using regional dispatch that we pay for from Fire & Rescue 210 Malone, paid EMS @ paramedic level Public serv. 211 Need for better use of law enforcement resources Public serv. Police 212 police and rescue services Public serv. Police 213 Keep our police department Public serv. Police 214 law enforcement Public serv. Police ambulance billing would have saved or produced over $ 1M over Police 215 the last 5 years. Public serv. 216 Law enforcement and drug problems Public serv. Police 217 Police foot patrols would deter street drug sales Public serv. Police Keep police department, utilize better - cops on the beat - Police especially nights and early AM. Put cars away. do not merge with 218 Lake Placid. Public serv. 219 Police prescense controlling street traffic Public serv. Police where do we put the police dept. at what cost, if the village is Police 220 dumb enough to sell present location Public serv. 221 police - should be a regional police force Public serv. Police 222 Police Force / Youth and teenage activities Public serv. Police 223 police Public serv. Police 224 law enforcement, Public serv. Police 225 increase cultural diversity , police dept. Public serv. Police 226 enforcement and fire protection Public serv. Police 227 Saranac Lake is very unfriendly to wheelchair needy people Public serv. Health Care 228 yea how disabled and elderly are abuse at 14 K.R. S.L. Public serv. Health Care 229 Maintaining a top hospital facility. Public serv. Health Care Yes- building on the past history of healthcare delivery. Finding Health Care specialized healthcare institutions to locate in Saranac Lake would 230 be a logical progression. Public serv. 231 The fate of our school system. Public serv. Education 232 Keep NCCC in Saranac Lake Public serv. Education Consulting the tax payers on major issues by special election i.e. Education 233 selling of village offices and NCCC improvements Public serv. 234 Schools - fields, , Public serv. Education 235 teachers should have to pay for their own healthcare insurance Public serv. Education 236 The issues encompassing NCCC. Public serv. Education 237 concern over nccc expansion plans Public serv. Education impact of north country comm college's future development within Education 238 and without the village Public serv. In many communities educ. instittutions are the lynch pin of Education 239 modern econ develop.-seems left out here Public serv. Loss of business/opportunities with move by Paul Smiths and Education 240 NCCC Public serv. 49 241 education Public serv. Education 242 retaining NCCC Public serv. Education 243 Social activities - movie theater, concerts, for all age groups, etc. Rec. & arts Recreation 244 improved and varied activies for teenagers Rec. & arts Recreation 245 Youth Corp in the summer Rec. & arts Recreation 246 fitness center Rec. & arts Recreation 247 public safety - kids on bikes and skate boards on sidewalks Rec. & arts Recreation 248 make bike path safer (paint white lines and pave sides) Rec. & arts Recreation Ongoing and free child and youth programs for after school and Recreation 249 summer including meals (breakfast and lunch) Rec. & arts 250 Clean up of playgrounds Rec. & arts Recreation the existing railroad and its potential use as a trail for hiking and Recreation 251 biking Rec. & arts 252 Will the riverwalk ever be completed? Rec. & arts Recreation Dewey Mountain and Mt. Pisgah need to become more integral Recreation aspects of Saranac Lake, they should be paramount in our 253 community Rec. & arts 254 more recreation options for youth that are free Rec. & arts Recreation more activities for children of working families (after work hours or Recreation 255 weekends) Rec. & arts we need more constructive and affordable activities for our Recreation 256 children Rec. & arts Your definition of recreation seems to be primarily 'outdoor Recreation recreation'. You should broaden it to things like a community 257 center for year-round use. Rec. & arts also no adequate support for YOUTH SERVICES (re: shipman Recreation center in LP) our community should be ashamed that the gataway 258 is not better support/funded Rec. & arts 259 development as "art" community Rec. & arts Arts The value of the arts in the community and the potential that Arts 260 exists from that. Rec. & arts 261 replacement for Ames without destroying existing businesses Rec. & arts Arts 262 Outdoor concerts in summer Rec. & arts Arts 263 Support of arts programming Rec. & arts Arts 264 the arts Rec. & arts Arts 265 importance of the arts to the SL community Rec. & arts Arts Arts & entertainment - I would like to see more events and use of Arts 266 facilities for a variety of events, especially live music Rec. & arts The Arts in Saranac Lake - the village has great potential to Arts 267 become the "arts center" of the Adirondacks Rec. & arts Create a centrally located community kiosk for promotion of local Arts 268 arts, business and special events (near Main St. Parking lot) Rec. & arts Yes, need to include the arts and culture as part of SL - not Arts 269 mentioned anywhere in the survey Rec. & arts 270 The arts Rec. & arts Arts 271 Arts Center similar to LPCA Rec. & arts Arts the arts community - opportunities to develop arts initiatives and Arts 272 programming, bring artists into the area; Rec. & arts 273 the need for moderate sized department store. Retail 274 we need a store to shop and a grocery store. Retail 275 we need a place to shop for clothing etc Retail 276 we need shopping center Retail 277 we need affordable dept store desperately Retail 278 Bringing this community a place to shop! Retail 50 279 We are in need of a normal store Retail 280 Bring top line store in Retail 281 we need more variety in stores Retail the obvious communtiy development question (Big Box?). Rather than lawful development happening, a few demonstrative groups 282 have impeded necessary development Retail 283 lack of a department store Retail We need affordable shopping - we need the village board to listen 284 to the people Retail 285 Shopping that's afforsable and services for the Eldery Retail 286 retail stores Retail 287 need a place to shop Retail The town needs a large store so that people will stay in the area 288 and shop Retail 289 We need clothing stores Retail 290 Box store Retail 291 department store Retail Large retail development should be downtown, like Burlington 292 Mall, not on perifery Retail 293 Get a Wal-Mart Retail 294 money being spent on war in Iraq could help reduce local taxes Other health insurance and link between federal & state policy and local 295 gov't problems Other 296 the basic economy of the Adirondack Park Other 297 price gouging on gasoline Other 298 Cost of Living Other 299 I don't like welfare Other 300 poor people Other whether village business owners should be allowed to vote in 301 village Other 302 Dark skies Other Yes, why do so many people in this town argue about everything. We need to change our attitudes and be more agreeable with each 303 other. We are the worst in the Tri-Lakes. Other good job with the survey and thank you for allowing me to comment as a resident of Bloomingdale (who does quite a lot of 304 business in Saranac Lake) Other We need to ignore the negative people. SL is a great place with much community involvement - concentrate on the 80% who 305 really are proactive and believe in change for the better Other 306 good survey - lots of issues to be addressed - mega store or NO? Other need for community group meeting places that are handicap accessible and of reasonable or no fee for weekly met 307 (scouts/scrapbook club, etc.) Other Follow up with more specific suvery or committee (I'm sure this is 308 already happening) Other 309 no, nice job Other 310 no Other 311 communication between entities, chamber of commerce Other 312 Warehousing of mentally ill in housing intended for the elderly Other 313 no, good survey Other We must reverse the prevalent negative attitude in Saranac Lake 314 and look for positive features Other 315 Entrenched enmity between locals and newcomers Other 51 316 there always will be! but you have to start somewhere! Other Involving new young professionals in village to become involved in the public process/community. They would be a tremendous 317 asset. Other We need a real master plan for the village and a vision for what 318 we are to become. Other 319 It is hard to get things done here - everything is negative Other 320 not a resident, but own property in the village Other 321 even though I don't live in Saranac Lake, I own a business here Other 322 I like Saranac Lake but it is expensive to live in Other 323 consolidation of buildings Other 324 Probably but I can't think of any right now Other 325 Good overall view - Thanks Other 326 it seems pretty thorough Other 327 planning - should have village/town/regional plan Other 328 No Other No. Saranac Lake is a wonderful community but some people are 329 short-sighted. Have a vision for the future! Other 330 What can we do to keep our youth after graduation? Other Lack of availability of public transportation between Saranac Lake 331 and P'Burgh, Tupper- places people drive to drink. Other 332 can't think of anything Other This survey is too limiting and needs definitions of certain things ie. Building Code enforcement. Is this for making sure existing 333 buildings meet code or only new construction. Other 334 probably a few, but these are a start Other 335 a future plan Other 336 no Other 337 no Other Attracting middle age people to area - recent college grads, young 338 families, etc Other 339 comprehensive development (10+ years out) Other 340 yes Other 341 too many not for profits Other make the town like it was years ago...in the 50's...more 342 fun....more people Other 343 no Other 344 n/a Other Leadership. From this survey, someone has to take the ball and 345 not analyze results in committee for another year. Other focus on what people love about Saranac Lake, too - not just what 346 is needed for improvement Other 347 Civic discourse Other Well, this is hard to ask a survey question for, but I'm interested in the planning committe taking a very wholistic look at the community. What is the theme/purpose/driving force of our community? Why do we choose to live/work/visit here? Is this wholistic community trait attractive to retain families? What is already strong and well-done in the community that we can build on and use as a model (well-attended community events, aesthetic building improvements, places where traffic flows well, well-used green spaces that users respect and keep clean, etc.). Then, where are places where improvements are needed and how can 348 they be improved to fit into the central vision/theme of the Other 52 community. Open communication between local government, community 349 groups, etc. Other 350 NO Other 351 checkoff that says "not sure" Other 352 no Other 353 yes, of course there will always be more! Other 354 I don't know Other 355 many Other 356 no, you covered a wide range. Other Sometimes I wanted to select more than 5 items. Might have been 357 better to allow us to choose more and rank them. Other 358 Town is dying Other Question #15 –Please identify one idea to make our community a better place. Sub - Comment Category Category 1 Need more economic development Econ. Dev't 2 economic development Econ. Dev't update community strategic plan to accompany Economic Development 3 plan currently being drafted. Econ. Dev't 4 Encourage business development to help reduce the burden on residents Econ. Dev't Make better use of existing commercial property - tax breaks for new 5 business, attract high tech, biotech to area Econ. Dev't Fostering businesses and activities along side the riverwalk that would 6 encourage its use and expanding it to the park on Bloomingdale Ave. Econ. Dev't Concentrate all future development in downtown areas which are 7 walkable and reduce traffic Econ. Dev't 8 DOWNTOWN development Econ. Dev't 9 Encourage new technology companies to come into the north country Econ. Dev't Don't make it hard for old or new business. Welcome them like Tupper 10 Lake does. Econ. Dev't better utilization of town hall and civic center. Chamber of comerce and civic orgs increase activities so something is going on every weekend 11 during summer and many in winter. Econ. Dev't 12 make the area more appealing and attract more tourists Econ. Dev't Tourism 13 Remove bears in park, silly and embarassing Econ. Dev't Tourism sustainable clean economy that nurtures year round residents and Tourism 14 encourages visitors Econ. Dev't 53 15 More community activities - like block party Econ. Dev't Tourism Tourism 16 Use Lake Flower as an attraction - put a walkway all the way around it. Econ. Dev't money and effort should go to beautifying common spaces esp. the lake Tourism 17 fron in Town Econ. Dev't 18 Sidewalks swept and kept clean--important for tourists Econ. Dev't Tourism 19 making the village nicers (flowers, River Walk) Econ. Dev't Tourism 20 The area needs more than tourism to be viable. Econ. Dev't Tourism Tourism Purchase Burger King prop- use restrooms and create bathhouse. Tear 21 down remainder for parking, Create beach adjacent to boat launch Econ. Dev't 22 Ithaca dollars program; Econ. Dev't Tourism 23 more trees on main streets Econ. Dev't Tourism 24 Downtown development to attract visitors from Lake Placid Econ. Dev't Tourism 25 clean, neat environment with Econ. Dev't Tourism 26 2 gardens Econ. Dev't Tourism 27 3. build benches arbors etc. Econ. Dev't Tourism 4. cheap labor to paint spruce up Deckers, Duckett and Nicastro's apt Tourism 28 buildings as wall as landlords who let their buildings go Econ. Dev't Set up local volunteer projects. Set up a job corps for local youth, adults Tourism and people receiving medicaid or public monies - beautify SL 1. trash pick 29 up Econ. Dev't 30 More events to attract tourist trade Econ. Dev't Tourism Get rid of current chamber - they are terrible - get someone with a clue. Tourism 31 add meters and rever to old system of parking downtown Econ. Dev't now that the Goldmine is being cleaned up, it would be nice to see the Tourism ugly sewer line removed on the Bloomingdale Rd. to make a more scenic 32 entrance to the village. Econ. Dev't 33 Increase community events to draw more tourists. Econ. Dev't Tourism 34 Clean up upper broadway - program in slow Econ. Dev't Tourism Clean up area by stewarts - park - loitering around area, smoking, cars Tourism down by railroad station in and out? Area past Fire Dept loitering on 35 street. Econ. Dev't Make SL a destination city. We need something to attract people. A Tourism suggestion is the idea of an "outlet city". A great model is Reading PA. 36 Good quality stores attract people. Econ. Dev't 37 Bring thing for all ages to like and have fun besides rugby. Econ. Dev't Tourism Having a convention center could draw people into area in off-season Tourism 38 times, helping to extend business during the year. Econ. Dev't Maintaining a downtown appearance that will continually attract visitors Tourism 39 and tourists. Econ. Dev't Improve area near train depot for visitors. Direct them to downtown Tourism 40 with synchronized events. Econ. Dev't 41 Advertise outside trilakes area. ie. Albany, Syracuse Airports. Econ. Dev't Tourism Tourism We have beautiful waterfront but it's not 'people' friendly. Geese overrun 42 and there is no parking to access the waterfront along Lake Flower. Econ. Dev't Improve infrastructure (stones, restraints, logging) to retain and grow Tourism 43 tourism. Econ. Dev't Cleanliness. First impression counts. If our village is dirty why would Tourism 44 anyone want to visit or live here? Econ. Dev't Turn Burger King into a S.L. welcome/info center w/public restrooms and Tourism 45 parking for Lake Flower boaters. Econ. Dev't 54 Clean it up and make it attractive to the person driving through town, so Tourism 46 they will remember it. Econ. Dev't Tourism 47 1 or 2 summer events similar to winter carnival that would be a wide draw Econ. Dev't Tourism A "Saranac Lake" day... encourage people to come out. Get a car, boat, or 48 ATV and raffle it off. Maybe incorporate it into the block-party in August. Econ. Dev't Improve entrance to SL from bloomingdale by removing or burying the Tourism 49 abandoned sewer line. It is an eyesore. Econ. Dev't 50 assist the carousel Econ. Dev't Tourism 51 nicer store facades, better restaurants Econ. Dev't Tourism a general clean-up-painting to make the town look more attractive and Tourism 52 inviting Econ. Dev't 53 Having a Dog Park so that the other areas aren't messed up Econ. Dev't Tourism More advertising; a little town in the North Country with 6000 friendly Tourism 54 people Econ. Dev't identify and market a tourism theme e.g., Tupper has the new wild Tourism center; Placid has the olympics. SL has: XC skiing? river kayaking? 55 historic buildings? Econ. Dev't 56 cut down on unsavory loiterers Econ. Dev't Tourism Tourism 57 better clean up and use of older buildings, give the town a makeover Econ. Dev't 58 Advertising of the ammenities SL has to offer Econ. Dev't Tourism 59 preserve the small town ambience Econ. Dev't Tourism Tourism There are so many great things already about Saranac Lake! And, of course, there are lots of things to improve as well. I think I'd like to see if DOS or someone could give a grant for energy efficiency improvements for existing homes and businesses in Saranac Lake, and these improvements would inevitably lead to an improvement in quality and aesthetics of buildings in the town. When I first moved here from central NY (not exactly a wealthy place), I couldn't believe how run-down all the buildings look. Now I'm used to it! There are LOTS of people fixing up buildings all over town, and a funding source to help people do more of 60 this would be great. Econ. Dev't improving the look of downtown and filing up the vacant stores - fixing up Tourism the vacant storefront on Broadway with the broken windows - shame on 61 the new owners. Econ. Dev't 62 invest in cleaning up the village Econ. Dev't Tourism Aesthetics - the natural environment around us is beautiful yet the village Tourism itself often looks tired, old, dirty. Improvment of bldg exteriors is a must. The work that has been done is wonderful...do more and encourage 63 residents to do the same. Econ. Dev't more well planned events like the music fest and canoe races will enhance Tourism 64 tourism. Econ. Dev't 65 manufacturing and other well paying jobs which will provide jobs. Econ. Dev't Jobs 66 we need more job opportuities Econ. Dev't Jobs Go back to muncipal electric company to reduce Saranac Lake's high Jobs 67 electric costs. This would also bring more jobs to the community. Econ. Dev't Focus of strength of prior years: light mfg,professions, educ, arts(let LP Jobs 68 have the tourism) Econ. Dev't Jobs Getting low - impact, good paying, "educated" jobs, hi-tech, research, 69 medical center Econ. Dev't 70 More job opportunities, Econ. Dev't Jobs 71 economic development - Jobs - Less Government Econ. Dev't Jobs 55 72 job opportunities Econ. Dev't Jobs Jobs Clean industry/manufacturing to increase job opportunities is desireable. please do not over-manage our society here in this beautiful part of NY. Committees do not have to be doing things to justify their existence. 73 Actions are not necessary for community activists to get fufillment. Econ. Dev't Jobs 74 a business friendly environment for job creation and general services. Econ. Dev't Jobs 75 Promote real job growth through office parks, not only retail development Econ. Dev't 76 better shopping choices Econ. Dev't Retail Retail stores, stores, stores. I had to lesve saranac lake after loving there for 70 yrs. because of high taxes, high electric bills, and high fuel. I was a wonderful place to live the only places I go in saranac lake now is postoffice pharmacy, carcuzzi and linda pirro beauty shop, What else is there? I miss saranac lake the way it was. the village has regressed not progressed the people that move in have taken the town over and have 77 the village board in their pocket. Econ. Dev't a more uniform public process for retail development so in the future we Retail can grow as a community without years of deciding what the code should 78 be. Econ. Dev't encourage farm food cooperatives. local farmers supply produce weekly to Retail a group of consumers who pay a set monthly fee to recieve what ever 79 produce is in season Econ. Dev't we have to become the shopping center of the area to bring new and Retail 80 money to the community. Stores like won't do it. Econ. Dev't 81 no more small cafe/vendors downtown. need fast food restaurant. Econ. Dev't Retail 82 and more business inS.L. area Econ. Dev't Retail 83 Good shopping, Econ. Dev't Retail downtown revitalization to keep people in town for shopping!! Empty Retail 84 storefronts are not good to see for people coming to town. Econ. Dev't 85 Focus on retail development, Econ. Dev't Retail Use the Union Depot and surrounding area property to its fullest potential Retail 86 - to going to waste ! Econ. Dev't 87 community garden (vegetable) Econ. Dev't Retail 88 Get a Price Chopper or premier grocery store Econ. Dev't Retail 89 Activity search for positive alternative to the empty Burger King. Econ. Dev't Retail Retail 90 Lease old Burger King property and recruit some action at the lakefront. Econ. Dev't 91 Encouraging us all to buy locally. Econ. Dev't Retail 92 better food markets Econ. Dev't Retail 93 Better food market Econ. Dev't Retail Provide incentives for improving downtown buildings and focus on Retail 94 downtown development Econ. Dev't 95 Add a Co-op and More stores selling Organic Produce & Product Econ. Dev't Retail the retail stores need to take workshops on how to improve their business Retail 96 practices Econ. Dev't Develop downtown (including Broadway) make it inviting and easy for Retail 97 people to visit - park/shop/eat/event Econ. Dev't Install awnings on downtown buildings to make for all-weather setting for Retail 98 pedestrians Econ. Dev't 99 reuse old buildings/vacant land (like near the depot) Econ. Dev't Retail 100 retail development for jobs Econ. Dev't Retail 101 Use of existing buildings Econ. Dev't Retail 56 102 continuity of architecture downtown Econ. Dev't Retail Weekend events that might help store keepers to open on Sundays. Retail 103 Working people could shop here instead of Plattsburgh. Econ. Dev't By having municipalities conduct their business through the prism of 104 protecting water quality. Environment Natural 105 save energy Environment Sustainability restart/reclaim the hydroelectric turbines at the Lake Flower dam - power Sustainability 106 for the community!; Environment Sustainability 107 Encourage environmentally and culturally responsible business growth Environment Sustainability Incentives (maybe a tax break or subsidize instalation costs?) from Village to "green" business...anything from sustainibility - produced goods or 108 utilizing their rooftops for solar energy to power their shop. Environment Sustainability Have a recycling center in Saranac Lake. Marcal uses all mixed paper in their paper products. I know of a community that was paid $250,000 per 109 year for mixed paper pick-up by Marcal. Environment community education and leadership in picking up our litter and also Sustainability 110 recycling and being a energy efficient town Environment Sustainability 111 the dam at lake flower should be producing electricity for public buildings, Environment 112 Renewable, green energy - more solar, wind and hyro power Environment Sustainability Clean up the goose poop at the Lake Flower boat launch site on a regular 113 basis. Currently it makes our village look like crap! Environment Natural 114 The geese are making a mess. Environment Natural 115 Pick up goose poop at Lake Flower. Environment Natural Natural keep the road sides clean (low cost/big impact), this is a park, more fines 116 and signs for littering especially roads leading in and out of towns Environment 117 Get rid of goose droppings in our parks and school properties Environment Natural 118 Retain historic, small town, locally-owned character Environment Cultural A grant for building keep up. To allow people to rehab older housing Cultural 119 w/adirondack charm. Environment 120 More emphasis on SL's unique history. Environment Cultural 121 A history museum. Environment Cultural With all the historic cure cottages and buildings in SLake has to offer and Cultural w/ correct preservation would only have a postive valued asset for the future that is unique and a link to the past - which would mean more self 122 esteem and pride for the town. Environment Cultural 123 I want to emphasize the importance of preservation of existing structures. Environment develpment of Saranac Lake's historic basis to attract tourists, health Cultural research, the health and wellness 124 community/conferences/retreats/institutes/spas, etc. Environment 125 comparative air service Government 126 dissolve the village Government 127 cleaner streets Government 128 grants for store fronts, clean up the village Government 129 unified public/elected officials and better and less hostile police dept Government Being a registered Democrat I don't like the constant 3 Democrats to 2 130 Republicans on all issues on the board. Government we need village garbage pickup once a week and heavy trash pick up 3-4 131 times a year Government 57 hgher medical co-pay for village workers - keeping in line with other 132 workers Government 133 more progressive village government- better relations with town Government open gov, videotaped meetings, posted minutes, "Saranac Lake Today" 134 website listing all meetings etc Government get rid of the mayor Mitchal, Deb Zerhan, David Aldrich and Jimmy 135 Bombard and any person gets paid to injure disabled/elderly in housing Government 136 Better fiscal management Government Shared services Shared services get real and cut costs, do we need a parking person in town to restrict 137 parking and tourist pay for it Government Shared services continue efforts to improve managment of village and research improved 138 government of towns and village Government Shared services A flyer or website that provides iniformation on what local position are being voted on and the names of the candidates who are running. The candidates should provide a one page statement about their position(s) 139 that is available to voters. Government Shared services 140 Clean road sand off roadways each spring Government Shared services Develop a spirit of cooperation between village and town government 141 officials Government Shared services Elders could start giving up their positions and encouraging 20-30 yr olds 142 to take their places. Government Shared services The village leaders must think of ALL the people that live in and around 143 the village, and not just be swayed by certain groups and ind. Government Shared services Street dept does a terrific job of snow removal in the village but 144 equipment sseems to tear up sidewalks. Government Shared services Village planning board should be voted positions. Too many clicks 145 running this town. Government Shared services 146 civic leadership Government Shared services 147 public forums or town meetings like in VT Government Shared services I really think we need to embrace the fact that the area is changing and growing. It seems like the village officials want to keep growth out - you can't. There are ways to grow and still maintain some of the features that 148 make this a great town. Government Shared services 149 zero based budgeting Government Shared services GET RID OF CURRENT VILLAGE BOARD BEFORE THEY DESTROY THE 150 VILLAGE COMPLETLY Government Shared services if you cannot live in sl -you don't need to be in our gov. the manager should be elected not appointed!! any major changes should be put out to the "taxpayers" to vote on and people to apply for - example code 151 enforcement!!!!! Government Shared services Regular public skull sessions > town meeting where people discuss ideas, 152 solutions Government Shared services 153 Hire qualified people not politically connected Government Shared services Better communication and responsibility in government. No one knows 154 and passes the buck. Government Shared services Clearly identify the village and its government - What are the village's 155 responsibilities? Clearly identify what each trustee's responsibility is Government Shared services 156 get rid of multiple jurisdictionsover village property Government Shared services Have to solve the multiple jurisdictions - at least dissolve the village and work towards one overall governing body to get rid of duplicative and 157 competing services Government 58 Shared services 158 study dissolution Government Shared services 159 eliminate the village Government Shared services 160 dissolve village - one county & town. Government Shared services 161 Get rid of Village Government and Board Government Shared services Move town/county line east of village, create town of Saranac Lake in 162 what is now Harrietstown Government Shared services 163 get rid of the village - Government Shared services 164 combine town and village to 1 county Government Shared services 165 Dissolve the village govt - expand tax base over the towns. Government Shared services SL used to be the hub of the population and activity times have changed now hub of activity but population is outside village. Getting to expensive for village residents to support need to expand the village or dissolve and 166 form one large village - one town - one county. Government Shared services 167 one county Government Shared services Redraw lines for consolidation and dissolution of excessive costs of 168 services that taxpayers see less and less of Government Shared services 169 abolish village government Government Shared services combine into one municiaplity along school district lines - no village or sep 170 towns Government Shared services get rid of the waste in the town and village. Merge them and eliminate 171 the job duplication. Government Shared services Combine the Harrietstown Hwy Dept with the village highway dept. The Harrietstown Highway Dept has only about 14 miles of road to care for and they have a lot of free time and expensive equipment (also a bad 172 attitude) - it's a waste of tax money Government Shared services 173 town should share in village costs, get rid of police dept. Government Shared services 174 less government Government Shared services Better communication between Town and Village boards and that communication passed along to the rest of us peons who lay in wait for your stingy table scraps. I do not think that the current boards are very 175 forthright. They seem very secretive at times. Government Shared services Consolidate government. It's so obvious and it's a no brainer - get rid of 176 the studies, consultants, task forces, and do it. Government Shared services Dissolve the village, including the police dept. Use sheriff and state 177 patrols Government Shared services 178 Better communication between agencies and shared resources. Government Shared services 179 Resolve to combine town and village Government Shared services 180 Streamline gov Government Shared services 181 Combine Town and Village Government Shared services Merge town and village. Simplify village/county/town parameters. Too 182 many chiefs - too costly. too confusing. Government Shared services Consolidation of services - communications and willingness to work 183 together for good of taxpayers! Government Shared services 184 Consolidate duplicate services/boards, public works etc. Government Shared services 185 share services whenever possible Government Shared services incorporate the village and/or town police departments with county sheriff 186 department. Government Shared services 187 consolidate village and town governments to lower tax burden Government Shared services Merge Gov function of Village and Town. Get rid of Village Mgr job use 188 Mayor or Supervisor and Board as non paid employees to run the Gov. Government 59 Shared services Continue to advance the concept of shared service between the Village 189 and Town Government Shared services 190 consolidate services between town and village Government Shared services 191 better relations between village and town Government Shared services 192 combine town offices Government Shared services 193 Combine Harrietstown and Village - eliminate village police dept Government Shared services 194 reduce duplication of services Government Shared services 195 Consolidating services, eliminating Village layer of government Government Shared services better cooperation with local governments to get jobs done more efficiently (more efficient use of time and money to produce better 196 results)! Government Shared services 197 More cooperation and sharing amongs towns & villages Government Shared services 198 Perhaps consolidation is more cost-effective. Government Shared services 199 Avoid overlap and duplication of gov't services Government Blen of businesses - tech., manufactring and reliable Internet - to attract telecommuters with affordable housing needed as base (not seasonal 200 tourism) Housing 201 Taking care of slum landlords. Keeping the community clean. Housing Also tear down many of the old blds in town. Ed Dukett and Bob Decker 202 buildings are a disgrace. Charlie Nicastro is close behind. Housing 203 plus fixing up the places these slum landlords own. Housing 204 Public and private: clean it up and fix it up. Housing Encourage moderate income housing development by expanding the Hamlet Classification by the APA around and beyond existing Hamlet 205 areas Housing Long-term planning for development and preservation of affordable 206 housing and homeownership Housing 207 Apartment slum lords Housing Increased owner-occupancy in village (currently less than 50%) would 208 spur investment in home improvement & stimulate economy Housing 209 affordable housing and Housing 210 Reduce redundant spending, centralize services Housing Find ways to keep elderly in their homes. Create "non-highrise" affordable 211 housing Housing 212 Stop luxury development, focus on working class Housing 213 affordable housing Housing WE need to become more attractive to young families. To do this we 214 need affordable housing, Housing Keep it clean, watch the codes, be careful of slum lords, maintain 215 neighborhoods. Over all SL is a great village. Housing 216 Affordable housing for young professionals. Housing 217 (affordable housing) Housing moving low cost housing out of downtown area. No subsidized housing 218 except for elderly. In NYC we had projects (buildings) Housing 219 Priority in housing should go to those who already live here full time. Housing 220 creation of a community land trust Housing 221 The need to place regulations and maintain same for all the slum housing. Housing 222 lower rents - Housing 223 lower rents Housing 224 An middle class apartment complex for young professionals Housing Stronger enforcement of code violations and safety conditions in rental 225 properties Housing 60 226 Affordable and centralized housing for low income families. Housing upgrade or demolish delapidated buildings (ie Dukett's places - and 227 others) Housing 228 more affordable housing and Housing 229 affordable housing Housing Raise taxes or fines for homeowners who don't keep up their property. We pay for bldg permits, yet some are allowed to live in trash and get off 230 scott free Housing Infrastr. & 231 bury utility lines along major routes though the village Transport. Infrastructure Infrastr. & Infrastructure 232 Put powerlines underground Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 233 new sidewalk & road on Lake Flower Ave; Transport. If you want people to walk you need paths and sidewalks! There isn't Infrastr. & Infrastructure 234 even a sidewalk all the way from Petrova to the High school. Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 235 Sidewalks in town done over/ Town --important for tourists Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 236 safe sidewalks (connecting Algonquin Apts to village) and Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 237 improved sidewalks Transport. Stop light at Ames Plaza plus sidewalks and pedestrian crossings all the Infrastr. & Infrastructure 238 way to RR tracks Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 239 community revitalization through improved infrastructure Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 240 put overhead utilities under ground Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 241 fix roads - no engine braking for trucks Transport. Every public official should spend a day in a wheelchair in our village to Infrastr. & Infrastructure 242 judge the level of accessibility, quality of sidewalks, etc Transport. Improving sidewalks - especially in the winter when they are not sage for Infrastr. & Infrastructure 243 our older people to walk. Transport. Infrastr. & Infrastructure 244 Sidewalk maintenance Transport. Infrastr. & 245 keep truck traffic out of downtown Transport. Transportation Transportation Even though I say parking is so important above, I believe removing the 2 or 3 parking spaces at the bottom of Berkley Hill in front of Fact and Infrastr. & 246 Fiction would help traffic flow and remove the potential for accidents. Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 247 better handicap parking i.e. post office; Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 248 mor e noticeable parking access to area behind main st Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 249 route truck traffic so it doesn't come down Broadway/Main st Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 250 parking-in town - Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 251 Continue free parking and try to find a place for more parking Transport. public safety at STOP signs - 90% of cars and trucks DO NOT STOP or let Transportation Infrastr. & 252 people cross Transport. 61 Transportation Improve public transportation! A certain percentage of residents don't or Infrastr. & 253 can't drive. We need public transportation during the 9-5 period in town. Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 254 put in light rail cars (commuter) between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Transport. Transportation Infrastr. & 255 Improved access to public transportation Transport. Transportation Focus on main traffic areas in new built up areas to make if safer. Most children walk to school and kiwassa from Riverside to Glenwood is a Infrastr. & 256 bottleneck pushing pedestrians into the road where they are poorly seen. Transport. Transportation Less signage - or perhaps better signage management. I think a review Infrastr. & 257 committee would be helpful including veto power over DOT signs. Transport. annual parking permits for those who work downtown and need to park Transportation Infrastr. & 258 daily Transport. Get people out of their cars and on bikes and on foot - close main street Transportation Infrastr. & 259 to all vehicle traffic Transport. the city should consider providing free internet access for residents. Other cities have set up wireless internet service and provide this service Infrastr. & 260 to residents. Nice perk for town and people who live there. Transport. Infrastr. & 261 free wireless internet in city centers in indispensible, Transport. 262 Property maintenance code Muni. Code Enforce noise ordinance on loud motorcycles in town. How do they pass 263 inspection? Muni. Code 264 incentives for people to clean up their own messes Muni. Code 265 pay more attention to eyesores in village-Pine st, Nason's, Muni. Code Businesses downtown should comply with code - ie no garbage bins visible to main road. This is not complied with on Broadway and corner 266 buildings Muni. Code 267 enfore maint. of buildings, town looks depressed Muni. Code 268 renovate old buildings to original; Muni. Code 269 contractors should be licensed Muni. Code Enforced bldg codes & inspections improve appearance & protect low- 270 income renters: Muni. Code 271 Changes in the structure of the zoning board Muni. Code 272 new zoning to limit seasonal residents and retirees - Muni. Code 273 2. update master plan with stronger zoning and enforcement and Muni. Code 274 1 Enforce building codes already in place; Muni. Code There should be a tax break for those who keep buildings looking good, or for those who make major improvements. Penalizing by increasing taxes discourages upkeep. But I own a building where my business is 275 located in the village. Muni. Code Cut off main st and lay brick (like church st in burlington) and enforce the zoning so that tourists don't look at decrepid buildings. They don't want 276 to come back to a sloppy town. Muni. Code Replace present code enforcer with one who will deal with slum lords, 277 tear down derelict properties at owners expense - not taxpayers. Muni. Code 278 better code enforcement Muni. Code Professionally develeped master plan with building codes, economic 279 incentives, enforcement following Muni. Code 280 by controlling loud noise of night from bars, etc Muni. Code 62 Improve zoning regulations to protect scenery and prevent building on 281 ridges and hilltops. Muni. Code Inspecting the old Dew Drop Inn building and the Downing and Caine 282 Building for violations, etc. Muni. Code accountability and enforcement of current policies (i.e. property 283 maintenance) Muni. Code Quite time enforced from midnight to 6am in downtown area which now 284 has many rental units. Muni. Code If it is falling down, condemn it and tear it down - code enforcement 285 should address the eyesores & slum lords Muni. Code Require cleaup of properties for health and safety & pride in ownership. 286 Can't something be done? Muni. Code 287 property maintenance, trash removal, old cars Muni. Code Encourage all commercial bldg. owners with properties downtown--no, please beg, motivate or develop aggressively plans by village govt. to improve their bldgs. The existing downtown is encouraging people to 288 drive through to Lake Placid. Muni. Code 289 more work updating all the old buildings and houses in disrepair Muni. Code Streetscape standards for downtown businesses & village: facade 290 maintenance, decorations, displays, etc Muni. Code clean up Gold Mine area - show visitors we care about our community - 291 Fogerty's is becoming messy also Muni. Code 292 Force cleanup/rehab on run-down buildings and homes in the village Muni. Code lower your water & sewer rates for people on small fixed incomes like me or supply water meters. I need to pay out $190. for a water meter plus 293 cost of a plumber - my water bill is outrageous for a singe person Prop. Taxes 294 ease property taxes Prop. Taxes 295 cut taxes Prop. Taxes Avoid getting on the anti-tax bandwagon and continuing and improving 296 our support for local schools and municipalities. Prop. Taxes 297 Raise taxes, Prop. Taxes 298 lower taxes Prop. Taxes decrease taxes on full-time residents; increase taxes on seasonal 299 residents before Saranac Lake becomes the new Aspen, CO Prop. Taxes 300 lower our taxes Prop. Taxes 301 lower assessments so people will want to live in the village Prop. Taxes keep it small and locally governed - year round residents spend more so 302 should be taxed less - lower tax base necessary Prop. Taxes 303 if we get lower taxes everything else should fall into place Prop. Taxes Don't raise taxes. Town policies should benefit and be friendly to full-time 304 residents. Prop. Taxes part-time residence tax...Established, older, family homes/camps shouldn't be paying such a high level of taxes that forces them to sell to vacationers 305 that don't support our community year-round. Prop. Taxes 306 need greater tax base and more revenue-generating activites Prop. Taxes 307 we are paying more tax and getting less service. Prop. Taxes 308 Run gov't like a business = lower taxes Prop. Taxes 309 make it more affordabel to live here Prop. Taxes 310 more jobs & better pay Prop. Taxes Taxes must be reasonable for year-round residents or we won't be able to 311 be here for the tourists and summer residents! Prop. Taxes 312 taxes - down Prop. Taxes 313 lower taxes especially for the elderly Prop. Taxes 63 somehow the village needs to put a halt to the 'village taxes'. People in 314 other communities are shocked over our tax rate. Prop. Taxes lower the property taxes - the incomes of the average resident cannot 315 support this high taxation Prop. Taxes 316 Increase taxes on part-year residents by 5 times Prop. Taxes Find a way to lower the village taxes - 80% of the village homes are up 317 for sale because taxes are crazy. Prop. Taxes 318 Lower property taxes Prop. Taxes 319 reduce property taxes Prop. Taxes To try and keep existing families here by keeping costs under control and 320 not allowing rich city families to take over our area. Prop. Taxes whatever it takes to reduce taxes (eg get more help from fed & state, combine services, redraw townships and counties, induce businesses to 321 come, etc.) Prop. Taxes 322 reduce village taxes Prop. Taxes Stop destroying my chances of buying a home here and/or staying here by REDUCING TAXES. Where is the tax money going? The roads and 323 some of the stores look like poverty-level. Prop. Taxes lower taxes - we do not live in the village but want to and because of high property taxes may not be able to afford to move from outside town to in 324 town Prop. Taxes 325 reduce property taxes Prop. Taxes 326 More equitable assessments Prop. Taxes 327 Keep property taxes reasonable Prop. Taxes We need to put a cap on land tax before the workers, retired and long 328 timers are forced to leave. Prop. Taxes Stop the ridicoulous lawsuit by dissenting taxpayers against the town of 329 Harrietstown and focus on changing tax methods at the state level. Prop. Taxes 330 lower taxes Prop. Taxes Don't give up - I love this village. Only thing pushing me out is taxes, yet 331 everything costs money. Prop. Taxes 332 Clamp down hard on underage drinking, go after suppliers Public serv. Police 333 More police visibility on foot or bicycle. Get out and walk the streets! Public serv. Police Police presence on the streets downtown...Law enforcement of all laws: Police 334 drugs, alcohol, cell phones, etc. Public serv. Paid ambulance service with insurance billing. Create reasons to live Police 335 here. Public serv. Police more policing/stricter laws of public areas. Stronger enforcement of 336 loitering of youth in areas such as public park area across from Stewarts Public serv. 337 Police foot patrols, full-time chief Public serv. Police 338 clean up and fine poeple that are caught Public serv. Police 339 Get rid of officer handing out parking tickets. Public serv. Police make sure people walking dogs have a bag to pick up after dog. Doesn't Police 340 Tupper have this law Public serv. 341 require fire drivers to be EMT's Public serv. Police Police Enforcing existing laws. Enforce speed limits. Keep bicyclists off sidewalks. More police foot patrols to control vandalism and tickets to 342 dog walkers who use private property and parks as dog bathrooms. Public serv. Police - in village should also be on foot. Patrol local parks more often. Police 343 Police make more of a presence on village streets. Positive. Public serv. 344 no parking tickets for vistiors - especially for those from out of state Public serv. Police 64 345 Stop the parking tickets. It upsets the tourists. Not a friendly thing. Public serv. Police 346 eliminate SL police force Public serv. Police Police 347 sensitivity training of incoming police officers & a larger, more visible force Public serv. decrease size of police force - switch half the fleet of police vechiles to Police 348 Prius- 4 wheel drive is not ALWAYS necessary Public serv. 349 Dissolve Village Police Dept Public serv. Police 350 Promote area as healthy, Public serv. Health Care Capitalize on unique history as a pioneer health resort. Devlelop a Health Care wellness based componenet of local economy. Resie the temptation to be like every place else. Maintain quality of living that has drawn people 351 here past and present. Public serv. Health Care Long term I would like to see "health" as an industry again - not TB, but 352 wellness "spa" type places for rejuvenating in our beautiful mountains. Public serv. It's a great place! Maybe more educational opportunities for young 353 people i.e. tuition assistance Public serv. Education Get the town board and school board to work together - keep tabs on Education each other. Lots is happening behind closed doors at schools right now - it isn't good for our kids. Notice that one of the school board meetings 354 because the tape "disappeared." Public serv. 355 Keep NCCC inS.L. area Public serv. Education Educational opportunities for those striving for prosperous employment Education 356 with $3 gas. Public serv. More effective education and protection of young people in drug and Education 357 alcohol abuse with positive opportunities Public serv. 358 Drug Education to become drug-free and smoke-free commmunity Public serv. Education As a 70 year old I'd like to see more training offered to men and women Education 359 in home care, publicity for this NCCC involvement Public serv. 360 More high school stduents internships in workplaces Public serv. Education more active participation for the youth in the welfare of the community Education through helping with civic activities instead of just providing them 361 entertainment. Public serv. utilize school buildings for NCCC expansion - afternoon and evening Education 362 classes- also use them for public playground improvements, Public serv. 363 more activities for teen groups and Rec. & arts Recreation new bike lane & road on McKenzie Pond between Brandy Brook & Payville Recreation 364 Rd Rec. & arts Recreation 365 Some place all ages could go to play games, sports - a pool maybe... Rec. & arts 366 ON AND OFF ROAD BIKE PATHS Rec. & arts Recreation multigenerational recreational venues, eg family activities, bike trails, Recreation 367 indoor swimming and tennis, curling Rec. & arts 368 Form a park district like N Elba, have a tax, Rec. & arts Recreation 369 more youth rec facilities, movie theater Rec. & arts Recreation 370 Improve local golf course Rec. & arts Recreation 371 more community outdoor activities Rec. & arts Recreation 372 skateboard park Rec. & arts Recreation 373 day care center for the disabled, both physically and mentally Rec. & arts Recreation 374 Youth recreation facilities Rec. & arts Recreation A bike path along the tracks to Lake Placid would those hundreds of Recreation 375 people in Placid to come our way for an hour or two. Rec. & arts 376 preserving trails we use in the absence of sidewalks Rec. & arts Recreation 377 community bike share program (yellow bikes left around town); Rec. & arts Recreation 65 More activities for kids. Controlled "Teen Canteen" dances where kids sign Recreation 378 in and can't re-enter if they leave. Rec. & arts 379 more bike lanes/trails and Rec. & arts Recreation 380 better pedestrian and bike trails, Rec. & arts Recreation 381 local all encompassing fitness center (i.e.YMCA) Rec. & arts Recreation 382 Beach at Lake Flower. Rec. & arts Recreation With all the Lake front property we should have a more accessable beach Recreation 383 for the children in the village. Rec. & arts Recreation Develop 'walking trail' from Saranac Lake to L. Placid. Have marked for 384 biking lane - walk, run lane. (parallel railroad tracks but separate from) Rec. & arts 385 Really liek the use of 'park' space on Lake Flour Rec. & arts Recreation foot bridge across Lake Flower at narrowest spot to complete a walking Recreation 386 loop (like Mirror Lake)! Rec. & arts 387 more activities for adults and children as a family Rec. & arts Recreation 388 bike pats, walking trails, cross country ski trails Rec. & arts Recreation Recreation We are a 'tourist' town and yet there are NO decent bike or jogging lanes! Pine St. is a mess as s McKenzie Pond Rd. that is in the village. We need people who don't think with a 'small town' mentality! This is a poor town 389 yet those running it can't understand that. Rec. & arts A sports venue for the kids so parents are not bringing children to three Recreation or more different spots in town (it is a dream but know is isn't fianancial 390 possible) Rec. & arts 391 free full summer recreation program for children Rec. & arts Recreation community center - the winters are long. This could be in connection with Recreation 392 school. Rec. & arts 393 public access to state lands Rec. & arts Recreation Find a decent place to house the Get Away and show our kids we value Recreation 394 them. Rec. & arts Better utilize and restore the AMA campus, and make it open to Recreation 395 pedestrian access to improve recreation and wellness Rec. & arts 396 bike path Rec. & arts Recreation An effort to support our youth - to encourag them to stay here and be Recreation 397 productive adults Rec. & arts get a new site for the GetAway (or improve current one) to show our Recreation 398 youth they are important to us Rec. & arts make the existing railroad into a multiple use trail and/or just a Recreation 399 hiking/biking trail Rec. & arts 400 Get the kids off the streets and into doing something constructive. Rec. & arts Recreation 401 A comprehensive year-round plan for recreation Rec. & arts Recreation 402 More park areas, green spaces Rec. & arts Recreation We need bike trails to/from SL to LP - not safe to ride bikes/run etc. More Recreation 403 local input and involvement. Rec. & arts A local ymca type recreational site. Possible location ideas are old BK or Recreation Stanley's bldg. An indoor and outdoor spot for 404 skateboard/rollerblading/basketball/pitching and batting box, etc Rec. & arts The getaway looks terrible - maybe we don't need to hide our kids in dark Recreation 405 and dreary - dirty Rec. & arts Family recreation - a place for good clean fun - where a liquor license in Recreation 406 not required - Rec. & arts 407 teen gatherings Rec. & arts Recreation 408 refurbish the existing parks / playgrounds Rec. & arts Recreation 409 bike and running paths Rec. & arts Recreation 66 A community center like a YMCA, provides childcare and access to Recreation 410 fitness/sports activities for all ages. Rec. & arts 411 more walking friendly Rec. & arts Recreation free family activities for residents like public skating in winter, public Recreation 412 swimming in summer Rec. & arts 413 more things for youth to do Rec. & arts Recreation 414 create bike path on rail tracks connecting SL and LP Rec. & arts Recreation 415 bicycle parking racks around town Rec. & arts Recreation 416 develop more bike lanes Rec. & arts Recreation Recreation district/department - would provide badly needed attention to Recreation our most valuable assets (both for residents & visitors) - they are what 417 sets us apart from any other Village in the area. Rec. & arts 418 Bike paths. Rec. & arts Recreation 419 also a bike path would be GREAT although not absolutely necessary Rec. & arts Recreation I hate to be redundant, but a community center for year-round use (pool, Recreation 420 tennis courts, meeting rooms, etc., maybe even a wave pool) Rec. & arts Recreation Year-round skating so we don't have to pour our dollars into Lake Placid 421 and we could make money by having hockey and Figure skating camps Rec. & arts Recreation Address parking, protecting the wetland, and ensuring safety of pedestrians near Mt. Baker trailhead - it's a mad house there on when it's busy (weekends, evenings, all summer long) and the pond side wetland is about to be loved to death given the amount of sediment that is building up each year. People love to walk around the Pond and listen to the frogs and enjoy sitting on the bench but within 5 years that wetland will be 422 non-existent given the current trends. Rec. & arts 423 Make it easy to walk/bike to. Rec. & arts Recreation 424 More established walking/running/biking paths Rec. & arts Recreation Recreation planning and services to the community, proper YOUTH Recreation 425 CENTER, Rec. & arts 426 Snowmobile, cross-country trails, etc to draw tourists Rec. & arts Recreation Recreation 427 YMCA for youth better than Get Away Rec. & arts 428 Skateboard park Rec. & arts Recreation 429 move beach back to Lake Flower Rec. & arts Recreation Saranac Lake boomed at the turn of the century as a TB center. Reinvent the SL area as an eastern center for holistic health, along the lines of a 430 Sedona, AZ. Rec. & arts Arts Build on theme of Saranac Lake as an arts town - music, photos, fine arts, Arts 431 theater Rec. & arts It would be nice to have summer music concerts at the Lake Flower Arts pavillion again. A nice place for people without children to gather as well 432 as family. So much focus is on seniors and family here. Rec. & arts a local movie theater!! some place jointly with NCCC or any big Arts 433 auditorium Rec. & arts community-wide events like the downtown block part and Thurs./Fri. Arts 434 music events. How about annual community-wide sale? Rec. & arts 435 carousel Rec. & arts Arts 436 Put a decibel level on concerts at Riverside Park Rec. & arts Arts 437 Keep funding Concerts in the park Rec. & arts Arts 438 Waterhole outdoor concerts are GREAT!! should do more with this. Rec. & arts Arts Community events (such as the block party) to help everyone become a Arts 439 more cohesive group. Rec. & arts 67 give the downtown a facelift - add art related industry in empty brick Arts 440 buildings - glass blowers, for example Rec. & arts 441 Continued Development of Arts based - Arts friendly community Rec. & arts Arts 442 movie theater Rec. & arts Arts Encourage the antique and rtist community since it brings in tourists and Arts 443 their money Rec. & arts More live music; use recreational facitilities for festivals & concerts; Arts 444 Mountain Meltdown was a great start! Rec. & arts 445 Exploring and promoting the arts Rec. & arts Arts 446 Keep the downtown vital. Keep having events there. Rec. & arts Arts 447 support for the Arts - Rec. & arts Arts 448 Downtown community gathering center in existing bldg Rec. & arts Arts 449 Movie theater Rec. & arts Arts 450 Have a small store like the old Ames or a K-Mart like the one in Malone. Retail 451 a economical department store Retail 452 get a dept store Retail 453 get a dept store Retail 454 Walmart and Target Retail 455 large retail store so poor people and seniors can shep Retail 456 we need affordable shopping, not a community store Retail Listen to our elders who have been through Depression and are still going. Our elders know how to get the most out of a buck. Most of them 457 would like a box store like Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc. Retail A big box store to shop and bring others from ?, which then all merchants 458 will survive. Retail 459 Walmart Retail 460 A retail store to draw people here, Retail 461 The community store!!! Retail 462 shopping (food, clothes, appliances, cars, etc) here - not hours away. Retail you should have let Wal-Mart in and not protected the business interests 463 of you and your friends Retail more shopping, and . Why are we letting thousands of dollars be spent 464 in Plattsburgh and Malone when we could have that money here? Retail sit down with merchants a/o business people interested in coming here - 465 work out problems & get them to come in Retail 466 cooperation by everyone to make a community department store a reality Retail 467 downtown department store, better grocery store Retail when a new retail structure is built the number of sq. ft. should be 468 matched with ther reconstruction of an aboundoned structure Retail 469 a small deparment store with moderately priced goods Retail encourage locally owned business, discourage absentee owned business 470 such as walmart Retail 471 if we get decent retail everything else should fall into place Retail Let's get a department store. We didn't need Aldi's , but we do need a 472 department store. Many cannot go to Malone or Plattsburgh to shop. Retail a store like Target (not WalMart)--low cost but not shoddy goods available 473 to community members who cannot afford to travel Retail 68 474 Bring in a big-box store, please. Retail 475 Retail Store - doesn't have to be huge but quality and reasonable prices Retail 476 We need Wal-Mart - Retail 477 department store, not an appliance store Retail 478 community store and Retail 479 places to shop Retail 480 retail store Ames size or larger Retail 481 local shopping for low income that can't travel to Pburgh Retail Focus on keeping mid-income $40-50k professionals here by providing 482 services & shopping they want Retail 483 Large grocery Retail We need family clothing stores - a small "big box" which supplies clothing. 484 Khols would be great. Retail 485 retail store Retail 486 one decent department store Retail 487 Large community box store Retail 488 would be a department store Retail Increase shopping opportunities for low-income folks by having Wal-Mart 489 - there are enough high end retail stores now. Retail 490 have a shopping center - grocery that doesn't have such high prices. Retail "Business begets business" The community could be a destination point 491 for shopper (down side in increased traffic but huge economic impetus) Retail addressing the ned for a 'discount department store' that fits in the community (Not 121,000 sq ft!!) might help to quell some of the divisiveness....but I know this may not fall under the auspices of this 492 committee Retail Get a large box retailer to provide reasonable cost and selection so I don't have to drive to Pburg every month. Have it designed in an ADK style so 493 it doens not look like it in Pburg. Retail 494 A large retail store Retail a large retail store so we don't have to go to Pburgh and spend $15-$20 for gase to make the trip and money for whatever we need to buy; 495 consider low income families in area Retail 496 A department store. NOT Walmart. Retail Please get a dept store. I am tired of going to Malone or Plattsburgh to 497 get what I want. Kmart, Target anything. Retail A retail store with a variety to fit the whole community. Not a dollar store 498 type. Retail 499 No big-box retail Retail 500 dept. store downtown Retail Identify areas for retail hubs and anchor stores, Target, Kohls, Hanaford, Best Buys mixed with Restaurants and local speciality shops to increase 501 the tax base. Retail Allow the taxpayer to vote on retail development. 5 members of the board not allow major decisions on wm remember. By the people for the 502 people our rights should exist too. Retail would be nice to have at least some kind of shop to buy clothes and 503 essentials without having to send out of catalogue Retail 504 retail stores for low to moderate income families Retail We need a department store to draw people into the area; otherwise we will become a ghost town. Tupper Lake and Lake Placid are growing; 505 Saranac Lake isn't. Retail 69 We need a retail store - clothing - shoes - household - please stop 506 dragging on it. Retail 507 put in a walmart - Retail no clothing stores we can afford (can't find underwear anywhere) lots of 508 hardware parts not needed Retail More retail/ grocery stores to keep money in SL - quit being so picky and 509 let some businesses come in. Retail 510 we need to losen up on codes - so we can attract some retail business Retail 511 Bring a large retail store to the area Retail I know you keep hearing it, but as a busy Mom of 2, we need a discount dept store with a decent inventory. There are choices besides Walmart, but someone has to do the leg work and bring the business to the 512 community. Retail We need a department store somewhere. This community is divided about the size of a store and its impact on businesses. We need to find a 513 solution to this divide. Retail Walmart or similar big box store to attract shoppers and keep shoppers 514 here rather than malone or pburgh Retail walmart or any large retail business that has an intrest in coming to the 515 town. Retail 516 retail department store Retail If you won't encourage big business like Wal-Mart, please subsidize the smaller business areas appearance to make it a nice place to shop and 517 purchase. Retail 518 we need a department store of some sort. i miss ames!! Retail 519 department store Retail 520 mega retail store Retail 521 Get a department & grocery store here!!! Retail Retail store would bring people to Saranac Lake and to the business section also! I miss not being able to purchase my cards at Myers - good 522 selection! Retail 523 walmart Retail 524 large retail store Retail 525 Box store Retail GET A STORE WHERE WE CAN BUY THINGS AT LOWER COST AND HAS A 526 WIDE SELECTION OF STUFF - LIKE A SUPER STORE!!! Retail Keep out the very large stores that could destroy the downtown shops 527 and small town atmosphere. Retail 528 retail clothing store Retail 529 don't be afraid to have stores come in....make it look better Retail 530 retail store Retail 531 develop downtown modest shopping in upper broadway - depot st. area Retail we need a retail store. our seniors and our poor have nowhere to shop 532 and no way to go anywhere else. Retail 533 We need a decent grocery store!!! Retail 534 Right size shopping for the necessities of life in downtown Retail 535 size cap on box stores Retail 536 We need an Ames-type store, but not a Walmart. Retail bring in a retail store that would provide jobs and keep taxes local.... How much $ is going to p'burgh just for buying everyday staples that are 537 needed... Retail 538 not allowing sprawl Retail 70 539 Retail shopping and grocery store Retail 540 Large department store, Retail 541 Retail store Retail 542 More shopping stores Retail 543 SL should define itself as the shopping mecca for tri-lakes Retail 544 A store for clothing, etc Retail 545 Wal-Mart Retail 546 Bring in Large Retail Stores Retail 547 gas is high Other 548 price gouging on gasoline Other stop trying to create identity. we're never going to be lake placid and we don't want to be. we should promote a friendly small town with wonderful 549 natural resources and a fine place to raise a family. Other 550 keep talking Other You need to have input fromn all sides of the village. You need to bring 551 this dialogue to all of the taxpayers. Other 552 more affordable for middle income families Other 553 need master plan, plan for boomers b4 they move away Other 554 Dark skies Other 555 Planning. Other Remove the option of anonymous callers to talk of the town and anonymous emails to Adk Enterprise. I'm new in town and find these 556 formats very negative. Other Welcoming new people out of area, small town - good old boys mentality ! Don't let a hand full of people destroy th is community, let growth come 557 and welcome it. Other 558 friendlier people Other 559 community newsletter - monthly Other Local govt., especially the Village, should embrace and not fear change 560 and growth. Other 561 greater cooperation between town-village-county and chamber-village Other Have a committe within the boards of village & town comprised of cross- 562 section of ages (teens to seniors) acting as a sounding board. Other This questionaire is a start. Ask what people want, then ask them for 563 help getting it. Other One consistent source for community information, updates. The 564 newspaper doesn't do it all Other 565 getting activities done, following through on projects Other Encourage public input & show how residents ideas are being used in a 566 positive way Other 567 Senior help with chores, lawn maintence, etc Other 568 Admit the reality of conditions Other Have weekly spiritual awakening at Lake Flower including yoga and a tofu BBQ led by the mayor followed by an open forum for kindness and 569 community concerns followed by free beer at Waterhole #3. Other Healing the underlying negativity that abounds in the village with 570 particular emphasis on the support/don't support downtown issues. Other 71 The need for conservationists and 'everyone else' to work together. We have the APA - Saranac Lake does not need to create their own 'APA'. There is a need for jobs for everyone (not just college graduates) and shopping for all people, especially those who have no options to get to Plattsburgh. Quit arguing and making it difficult for anyone who deos want to build here and taking a year or moreto give a permit. Get on with 571 it and help us out! Other 572 It's a great place - just need to keep the positives we already have. Other 573 to get along Other Equal representation for the poor and average as opposed to those with 574 high disposable income, in and out of this area. Other Without the residents there will be no tourists! Who want to visit a DEAD 575 town? not me Other Recognize that the Forest Preserve is the magnet that forms that basis for the economy of the area. Land subdividers such as Foxey Foxman whose sole interest is making high profits from exploitation is a menace to the 576 Adirondacks. Other 577 our next village election will show that idea clearly Other 578 support youth so they are encouraged to remain in community Other that members of the community work on improvements rather than 579 criticize by Talk of the Town or Enterprise. Other 580 stop leaning towards pro antsy-environmental anti economic businesses. Other Improved communications between village board. Various committees 581 and residents. Other 582 Bring to fruition all the planning process Other Ask people what they think - like with this survey. Keep having 583 community events to bring people together. Other Get rid of redneck mentality and let businesses and people in. All 584 American City or not, bigotry and bias run rampant. Other 585 Try a little harder to work together for the good of all Other allow for reasonable development without such opposition from vocal 586 minority - saga, sslc and other reactionary groups who resist ALL change Other refer to the CEDS document that community leaders just completed. Take action and community leadership in unity and these issues will follow 587 to be resolved. Other 588 Work together not just a few Other Improvements are only seen when "community buy-in" takes place. Create neighborhood groups to work together with other neighborhoods 589 so concerns can be identified and addressed jointly. Other 590 Folks need to be more tolerant and respectful Other Less bitching on the radio. More emphasis on all the good things here 591 and its volunteers. Other 592 Motavation - Developing positive outlook for the village Other 593 A local newspaper that "builds" community instead of "dividing" it. Other 594 Compared to many areas, our community is a better place Other Worry about the people that live in the area and what they say and not 595 the tourists. Other 596 Make decisions in a timely manner. Other If only part of the things mentioned in this survey come to pass, SL will be 597 a better place. Other 598 accentuate the position attributes of our community Other 72 Stop starting another committee to look at the community. Do something 599 with what you have. Other Work as a community of one. Taxpayers should have more say (in 600 outcome) vs boards. Other 601 Working together and putting politics aside! Other stop blocking events being held in the area that would bring much needed 602 dollars to local businesses Other 603 Let seasonal residents vote and be involved in the community. Other Let people of the community say what they want to come in the 604 community Other 605 less in-fighting, more cooperation and progress on proposed projects Other SL needs to get things accomplished, get unified and get organized 606 behind a common strategy. Other continue to invite and consider all ideas/perspectives, help to unify our 607 sometimes divided community Other 608 get some of the tree hugger out of town and village government Other 609 More Civic Pride Other silence "Talk of the Town". I know from many sources that visitors feel it 610 demeans us. Other 611 local business, by locals, for locals. Other 612 http://www.economist.com/world/na/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=8450132 Other Individuals make a community - not businesses. A larger retailer won't 613 change people Other 73 SARANAC LAKE & HARRIETSTOWN - COMMUNITY SURVEY By completing the survey below you will provide needed input on how we can improve our town and village. Please take five minutes to complete the survey. Return instructions on back. Thank you! 1. What FIVE types of recreational improvements or additions are most needed in Saranac Lake and Harrietstown? (check up to 5) a. Playgrounds/playground equipment ___ i. Waterfront access for boats/canoes/kayaks ___ b. Public restrooms ___ j. Fishing ___ c. Benches ___ k. Beaches ___ d. Bike, cross country ski and l. ATV trails ___ walking trails ___ m. Alpine ski areas ___ e. Skateboard park ___ n. Snowmobile trails ___ f. Basketball court ___ o. Recreation department ____ g. Tennis courts ___ p. Other (please identify) h. Ball fields ___ ____________________________________ 2. Which recreational improvement from above is most important? __________________________________ 3. Identify the THREE types of housing most needed in the community. (check up to 3) a. Rental units ___ f. Mobile home parks ___ b. Senior housing, including ‘in-law apartments,’ etc. ___ g. Multiple-family housing ___ c. Assisted housing/nursing homes ___ h. Condominiums ___ d. Moderate-income homes ___ i. Subsidized housing ___ e. Luxury homes ___ 4. Which type of housing is most important? ______________________________________ 5. Identify the FIVE community issues of greatest concern for you and your family (check up to 5) a. Cost and availability of housing ___ j. Design standards for new development ___ b. Preservation of open space ___ k. Youth/senior services ___ c. Access to parks, riverfront, recreation ___ l. Merge town and village governments ___ d. Local shops and services ___ m. Property taxes ___ e. Local jobs/economic opportunities ___ n. Property maintenance code ___ f. Environmental quality ___ o. Improving educational resources ___ g. Energy efficiency ___ p. Accessibility for persons with disabilities ___ h. 2 counties and 3 towns in the village ___ q. Other (please identify) i. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods ___ ___________________________________ 6. Which issue from above is most important? ___________________________ 7. Identify the FIVE types of economic development you believe the community should focus most on. (check up to 5) a. Retail development ___ i. Tourist shops ___ b. Downtown business development ___ j. Recreational businesses ___ c. Home-based businesses ___ k. Agriculture ____ d. Office parks/professional ___ l. Logging/wood products industries ___ e. Manufacturing ___ m. Human services/healthcare ___ f. Reuse of existing buildings ___ n. Lake Clear airport ___ g. Lodging ___ o. Other (please identify) h. Restaurants ___ _____________________________ 8. Which of the items from above is most important? ____________________________________________ 9. Do you feel that there should be a cap on retail store size (Yes/No) ______ 10. What do you think it should be? ___________________________________ 11. Do you think the following community resources are adequately protected? (circle yes or no for each) 13. Which infrastructure improvement from the list above is most important? ___________________________ 14. Are there any important issues that this survey did not take into account? _______________________________________________________________________________________ 15. Please identify one idea to make our community a better place. _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ 16. Do you live in the village of Saranac Lake? ___ Yes ___ No 17. What town do you live in? ___ Harrietstown ___ North Elba ___ St. Armand ___ Other 18. Indicate whether you are a: ___ full time resident ___ part-time resident ___ visitor 19. What street do you live on (optional): __________________________________________ 20. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming meetings on the comprehensive planning initiative, please enter your email address here: _______________________________________ Thank-you for taking the time to complete this survey – you are helping to make Saranac Lake and Harrietstown stronger by caring about your community! To return: Fold as directed below, tape shut and mail to the address listed OR Drop off at the drop box in the Harrietstown Town Hall ………………………………………………………………………………..(fold in half here)………………………….………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………….(fold again)………………………………………………………………………………..