Town passes resolution in support of resort

TUPPER LAKE – The town board passed a resolution Monday night supporting the Adirondack Club and Resort.

The board has passed resolutions in the past expressing its support for the large-scale development planned for the Big Tupper Ski Area, but this week, the one-year anniversary of the project winning approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency, the resolution was worded differently.

Instead of looking forward to the project and asking that the APA pass it, this resolution noted that the APA voted 10 to 1 to approve it a year ago.

This one takes shots at the Sierra Club and Protect the Adirondacks, the two groups that, along with three neighbors to the project, are suing to challenge the APA’s decision. The resolution calls the lawsuit “frivolous, time consuming and extremely expensive,” and says the “community’s economy continues to suffer because of this.” It states that the town board believes there are no legal grounds for the lawsuit since the APA spent more than eight years reviewing the project.

The resolution alleges that both groups “have only shown that neither group cares about the economic wellbeing of the year round residents of the Adirondack Park, and in particular Tupper Lake, by their actions with regards to their current lawsuit and the fact that it is being used as a tool to discourage financial investment on the part of potential investors who have already waited over eight years to see this worthwhile project begin.”

The resolution asks that the courts rule in favor of the ACR in the case and that the two environmental groups be responsible for all the legal fees the state and the ACR investors are spending, and it encourages other municipalities to pass similar resolutions and send them to area politicians and newspapers.

Councilwoman Kathy Lefebvre offered the resolution for approval, and the rest of the board members supported it emphatically.

“I just think, it’s been a year,” Lefebvre said.

Councilwoman Patti Littlefield said this confirms what’s been done in the past by the board, and she doesn’t believe anyone in Tupper Lake has changed his or her opinion on the project.

“I think it’s good to do this,” Littlefield said.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.