Whiteface ski patrol building on Adirondack Park Agency agenda

RAY BROOK – The state Adirondack Park Agency will consider a series of upgrades at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center at its one-day meeting Thursday at its headquarters.

The agency’s State Land Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to review an amendment to the unit management plan for the ski center, which is run by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The plan includes the construction of a new ski patrol building on Little Whiteface and the installation of antenna systems for Essex County’s public safety radio communications system.

At an informational presentation last month, an ORDA engineer said the upgrades would only result in minor environmental and visual impacts. APA officials said the work isn’t expected to affect the habitat of the Bicknell’s Thrush, a rare bird that breeds at the mountain’s higher elevations, since no tree cutting will occur at the construction site.

Among other business on its agenda, the agency’s Regulatory Programs Committee will consider a proposed 44-site seasonal campground in the town of Hopkinton, St. Lawrence County, at 9:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Economic Affairs Committee will hear a presentation from Colleen Lemza on the Essex Pallet & Pellet Company, located in the Keeseville Industrial Park.

At 1 p.m., James McKenna and William Farber will brief the Park Policy and Planning Committee on the recommendations of the Adirondack Partnership Recreational Work Group.

In addition to reviewing the Whiteface plan amendment, the State Land Committee, at its 2 p.m. meeting, will also hear an informational presentation from state Department of Environmental Conservation staff member Carol Fraser and APA state land staff on programs to address access for people with disabilities.

At 3:45, the Legal Affairs Committee will consider authorizing agency staff to file a notice of proposed rulemaking that would update citations, make technical corrections to, clarify and repeal obsolete language in the agency’s existing rules.

The full agency board will meet at 4 p.m to take action as necessary. The meeting will conclude with committee reports and comments by the Local Government Review Board, members and the public.

The meeting will be webcast on the agency’s website, apa.ny.gov, where meeting materials are available for download.