Lefebvre reminds board she’s pro-rail, trail

TUPPER LAKE – Town Councilwoman Kathleen Lefebvre made her stance on the rail-trail debate clear at Friday’s town board meeting.

“We have never said we don’t want snowmobiling, that we don’t want a trail, none of this,” Lefebvre said. “I just think we can have both.”

Lefebvre was absent from a special town board meeting last month when the board unanimously passed a resolution to support replacing the railroad tracks with a trail between Lake Placid and the Old Forge area.

“If I had been there, I would have voted no,” Lefebvre said. “I think there is a process in place and we should allow that process to move on.”

Lefebvre said she is on a Mercy Care for the Adirondacks task force and had already committed to giving a report representing Tupper Lake when the resolution was passed. Lefebvre has advocated for the railroad and an accompanying trail in the past.

“I do not say anything against the snowmobilers,” Lefebvre said. “We’re looking at a groomer, we’re looking at trails for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, and I support all of that. I also know in Saranac Lake they’ve had 12,000 people from the train downtown buying things, and that is a fact.”

Lefebvre was referring to the approximate number of people who last year rode the train that runs between Saranac Lake to Lake Placid.

Lefebvre then implored the board to respect her stance.

“I know some people don’t agree with me, but I hope people can respect my opinion, as I respect other people’s opinions,” Lefebvre said. “I know some people have been almost harassed by some people if they don’t agree with the trail, and that is wrong. I respect the people that want the trail, and I would hope that they’d respect my wishes as well.”