News


Welcome to the USLA News Page. Scroll down to read the news. Find out what’s going on around the region. Share news with your USLA neighbors.

USLA input on Santa Clara Moratorium

February 25, 2021

 
Members of the USLA Government Affairs Committee have been providing input at the public sessions of the Town Board of Santa... continue
 
Members of the USLA Government Affairs Committee have been providing input at the public sessions of the Town Board of Santa Clara regarding their proposed Moratorium Law. The law establishes time to review the land use codes for commercial properties.  The first meeting of the TSC Special Committee to develop the land use codes occurred recently. USLA’s Vice President attended the meeting and stated “Please think of USLA as a partner during this project and not as the general public. We would like to participate and assist if you feel that is appropriate. We would be happy to be engaged in the planning discussions”.
 
The TSC Special Committee will first address codes that apply to marinas to expedite the review of the building permit and variance request from the new owners of Hickok’s.  Their initial variance request is seeking to extend three docks, each to 235’ long x 50’ wide, into Fish Creek Pond. The committee discussion identified areas that need to be considered including: DEC, APA and TSC jurisdiction, right sizing, responsible use, navigation, sewage, traffic and parking. The TSC committee also wants to make sure the public is fully aware of the discussions and progress throughout this process.
 
The Adirondack Explorer was present at the Town Board meetings and released the following article: 
close

Contribute your ideas for the future of the USL watershed

February 03, 2021

Please join the Upper Saranac Foundation for a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn more about the Upper Saranac Lake (USL) Management Plan effort and to provide your input on the future of the watershed.

This online session is the first of three public meetings... continue

Please join the Upper Saranac Foundation for a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn more about the Upper Saranac Lake (USL) Management Plan effort and to provide your input on the future of the watershed.

This online session is the first of three public meetings hosted by the Upper Saranac Foundation and the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute. We will present the results of this summer’s USL public survey and provide opportunities for you to contribute ideas toward future management of the watershed.

The public meeting will take place on Zoom. All members of the community who are interested in joining the public information session should register in advance — click here to sign up.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting. 

This public meeting is part of a larger effort to develop a Lake Management Plan for the Upper Saranac Lake watershed that builds on decades of monitoring and management activities on the lake and throughout the watershed. Upper Saranac Foundation was awarded a $68,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop the management plan and contracted with the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute to assist. The resulting document will establish the framework for future state funding grant proposals and will define community priorities related to watershed resources.

Thank you for your interest in this effort. If you have any questions about the planning effort or logistics of the meeting please email Guy Middleton at lakemanager@usfoundation.net.

close

"The Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States" (Jan 2021)

January 07, 2021

Dr. Tony Holtzman will discuss the nation's response to the Covid-19 pandemic in an online presentation offered free of charge to members of Historic Saranac Lake and those interested in joining HSL. 

Dr. Holtzman will summarize his research... continue

Dr. Tony Holtzman will discuss the nation's response to the Covid-19 pandemic in an online presentation offered free of charge to members of Historic Saranac Lake and those interested in joining HSL. 

Dr. Holtzman will summarize his research into how Emergency Use Authorizations have shaped testing and vaccine development, the relative failure of contact tracing, and the outlook for the vaccines. Dr. Holtzman has considered these topics in a commentary that the editors of the International Journal for Equity in Health invited him to submit (in press).  

Dr. Holtzman draws on his experience as a physician and scientist at Johns Hopkins where he is now Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics. When on the active faculty he held joint appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also a longstanding member of Historic Saranac Lake, and author of several works of historical fiction including the Adirondack Trilogy and The Bethune Murals.  

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email the day before the presentation.

 

close

Notice of Continuation of Public Hearing on law to Adopt a Moratorium Law January 14, 2021 6 PM.

January 07, 2021

NOTICE OF CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED LOCAL LAW TO ADOPT A MORATORIUM ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE R-C 1.3 and R-C 3.2 ZONING DISTRICTS IN THE TOWN OF SANTA CLARA
 
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that at its meeting held on December 28, 2020, the... continue
NOTICE OF CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED LOCAL LAW TO ADOPT A MORATORIUM ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE R-C 1.3 and R-C 3.2 ZONING DISTRICTS IN THE TOWN OF SANTA CLARA
 
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that at its meeting held on December 28, 2020, the Santa Clara Town Board opened a duly-noticed Public Hearing concerning proposed Local Law No. 01 of 2020, which would impose a moratorium until June 30, 2021, on commercial development within the R-C 1.3 and R-C 3.2 zoning districts in the Town of Santa Clara for the purpose of allowing time for the Santa Clara Town Board to develop and enact new regulations governing commercial development in those zoning districts. At its meeting on December 28, 2020, the Town Board approved a motion to continue the Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 01 of 2020. Additional written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on January 7, 2021. Additional spoken comments from any person wishing to speak will be heard by the Town Board beginning at 6:00 PM on January 14, 2021. In order to protect public health and safety in this time of Covid-19 infections, the continued Public Hearing for spoken comments will be held remotely, via electronic means, rather than in-person. Persons wanting to make a spoken comment during the continued Public Hearing may log in by computer to the following Zoom link on the Internet: Meeting Id 917 3317 0540 Password rwJ7ev. Written comments may be submitted by mailing them to the Town Clerk at the following address: Santa Clara Town Clerk, 5359 State Route 30, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Comments mailed to the Town Clerk must be received no later than 5:00 PM on January 7, 2021 in order to be considered. A copy of the proposed Local Law is on file for public inspection during regular business hours in the Town Clerk’s Office at the Santa Clara Town Hall, 5367 State Route 30, Saranac Inn, New York, 12983. A copy may be obtained at no charge from the Town Clerk upon request.
close

Moratorium to be considered on Commercial Development in Santa Clara

November 29, 2020

UPDATE: Board Meeting Postponed to Dec. 28 via Zoom

At a town board meeting, the town board will consider a motion to adopt a 6 month moratorium on Commercial... continue

UPDATE: Board Meeting Postponed to Dec. 28 via Zoom

At a town board meeting, the town board will consider a motion to adopt a 6 month moratorium on Commercial development. The intent is to allow time to update town ordinances. As USLA members, we all have an interest in ensuring any future development is compatible with your surrounding environment. 

Please consider attending the meeting if you are in the lake area at this time.  Your support would be greatly appreciated!

close

High-speed COVID-19 test lab unveiled

November 07, 2020

SARANAC LAKE - Two local public health institutions have teamed up to launch a new high-speed COVID-19 testing lab, as reported in the Adirodack Daily Enterprise

... continue

SARANAC LAKE - Two local public health institutions have teamed up to launch a new high-speed COVID-19 testing lab, as reported in the Adirodack Daily Enterprise

The lab, located at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, opened this past Friday. It's a collaboration between biomedical research facility Trudeau Institute and Adirondack Health, which operates the local hospital. 

This lab is the first of its kind in this region. The creation of this new lab - which currently has the capacity to process anywhere from 80 to 160 tests per day - means faster turnaround times for COVID test results. 

Generally, tests take around two or three days to come back. In some cases, when labs outside of the area were overwhelmed, results took upward of 10 days to come back. With this in-house lab, tests can be processed in 24 hours, according to Adirondack Health spokesman Matt Scollin. 

close

NYS DEC seeks comment on proposed upgrade to Fish Creek Campgrounds

September 27, 2020

NYS DEC proposes an upgrade and modernization for the Fish Creek Campgrounds.  Please review and send your comments to NYS DEC. Water quality in Upper Saranac Lake is directly affected by activities at the campground. USLA members are encouraged to send your comments soon.

... continue

NYS DEC proposes an upgrade and modernization for the Fish Creek Campgrounds.  Please review and send your comments to NYS DEC. Water quality in Upper Saranac Lake is directly affected by activities at the campground. USLA members are encouraged to send your comments soon.

Follow the link for complete information and Upper Saranac Foundation recommendations: https://usfoundation.net/newsfeed/usf-provides-comments-for-dec-fish-creek-management-plan/

close

Welcome Home from ADK Health

July 04, 2020

Dear Friends, 

Welcome home! 

On behalf of Adirondack Health, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. We wanted to reach out with some guidance and best practices to ensure as safe a summer as possible for... continue

Dear Friends, 

Welcome home! 

On behalf of Adirondack Health, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. We wanted to reach out with some guidance and best practices to ensure as safe a summer as possible for everyone.  Read here or download the PDF.

The summer season is here, and, so far, our region has largely been spared from the catastrophic spread of COVID-19. To date, we appear to have successfully limited the reach of the virus by implementing early social and physical distancing measures, backed up by the natural protection of our mountains and rural location. However, we are concerned that could change when our population increases over the summer.

Our region may emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic as a public health success story, with our population safe and healthy. But despite our initial success, we remain highly vulnerable to infected persons and asymptomatic carriers of the virus coming from out of the area, whether they are year-round residents, second homeowners, guests of homeowners, athletes or tourists. It will take all of us working together to keep the virus in check.

We are asking members of our community who will be returning in the coming weeks and months to please keep up to date on the latest federal and state guidance, which can (and does) evolve weekly, if not daily.

  • It is best to go directly to your destination and not stop for supplies along the way. The state of New York has mandated additional precautions for those traveling from certain states with relatively higher infection rates. The current list of such states is available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
     
  • Please consider being tested for COVID-19 at the earliest appropriate opportunity following your arrival. Adirondack Health offers testing – visit adirondackhealth.org/covid-testing for our current schedule.
     
  • If you are experiencing respiratory distress, shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, or any other potential COVID-19 symptoms, contact the Adirondack Health COVID Clinic at 518-897-2462 to receive instructions on accessing appropriate care. The full list of symptoms is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Comply with all local, state, and federal directives and recommendations regarding physical distancing and other measures to limit spread of the virus.
     
  • Wear face masks in public places when physical distancing is difficult.
     
  • Refrain from hosting or attending large gatherings and utilize physical distancing measures, such as entertaining outdoors, using disposable flatware, plates and glasses, providing guests individual servings, and wearing masks inside when keeping six feet apart is difficult. New York State Department of Health guidance on gatherings is available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/travel-large-gatherings-and-quarantines.
     
  • Be diligent with handwashing and disinfecting much-used surfaces.
     
  • Limit trips to the grocery store.

Local businesses are working hard to adapt to the current situation and are under strict regulations as part of New York state’s phased approach to reopening. We encourage you to abide by any such limitations, which are meant to protect all of us.

We look forward to welcoming all who make our region such a special place. We know this season will be unlike any before, and it will take some time to adjust to the new normal, but we’ll get there.

In closing, thank you for weighing all this information as you consider a return to the Adirondacks.  If you wish to receive continue receiving periodic updates of this nature, please contact Hannah Hanford in the Foundation office at hhanford@adirondackhealth.org to be placed on an email list.

We look forward to being back together again as soon as possible, in a safe and responsible manner. Our skilled, compassionate clinicians are well prepared to care for all who seek our services. Although we hope you won’t need us, we are here if you do.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Sylvia Getman
President and CEO
Adirondack Health
518-897-2301

close