Letter from North Elba Town Supervisor

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July 26, 2020

Dear Citizens of North Elba,

Today would have been IRONMAN DAY if not for COVID 19 mandatory event cancellations. However, in spite of this it appears that main street is as busy as ever with people waiting in line at Main Street Restaurants now serving both inside and outside wherever possible. Mirror Lake with the beautiful weather continues to be busy with all sorts of paddle boats and boards. Beach activity has remained busy and Craig Wood seemingly is having on of its busiest seasons in recent years. It is evident that hiking trails are very busy with the number of cars parked along roadside trailheads. All of this is without the Canadians and Ironman participants, which shows we are definitely a place people want to come to with their families and friends. 


Masks are still among the most frequent issues of concern here and nationwide. However, from my personal observation just yesterday, it seemed that more people are complying on Main Street. More signs are visible and both sides of the Palace Theater marque stand out! Stewarts now has a recording stating that masks are required indoors and that customers will not be served without a person wearing a mask. I hope other businesses do the same. Friendly patrols by the LPPD also have been established during which LP pins and information are handed to visitors.


From week to week our guests change and reminders need to be reoccurring. Getting people to comply is not an exact science, but we need to be vigilant in our efforts as a community in conveying our expectations and enforcing compliance. 


Face-Coverings 66-3.2

Present regulations on face coverings effective 7/9/20:

  • Any person who is over two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.
  • Any employee who is present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear a mask or face covering when in direct contact with customers or members of the public, or when unable to maintain social distance. Businesses must provide at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.
  • Business operators and building owners, and those authorized on their behalf shall deny admittance to any person who fails to comply with this section and shall require or compel such person’s removal. Provided, however, that this regulation shall be applied in a manner consistent with the Federal American Disabilities Act, NY State or NYC Human Rights Law, and any other applicable provision of law.


Penalties 66-3.5

  • A violation of any provision of this subpart is subject to all civil and criminal penalties as provided by the law. Individuals who violate this subpart are subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.


We are always seeking improved means of communications to encourage mask wearing as it is so important to public safety. I ask all of you, please lead by example and wear your masks while on Main Street and walking around Mirror Lake. 


As is stated on the www.forward.ny.gov website an anonymous complaint can be issued by calling 383-789-0470. Your complaint will remain confidential. Townships are notified of the complaint by the County Sherriff’s Department, and then a Notice of Violation is served to the responsible person or business by the Police or Building Code’s office.


Effective July 17th, the NYS Liquor Authority pursuant to Executive Order 202.52 issued orders that all licensed establishments with on premises privileges such as (restaurants, taverns, etc.) shall not serve alcoholic beverages unless accompanied by the purchase of a food item. Additional guidance can be found on line at https://sla.ny.gov/guidance-requirement-licensees-premises-service-privileges-serve-food-alcoholic-beverages


A bit of confusion occurred this week as to the legality of holding drive in concerts similar to drive in movies which are permissible. Several are planned at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds during the month of August under strict guidance regarding concessions, masks, bathroom sanitization, etc. From one day to the next 3 planned concerts were cancelled, but on again the next day after notice was given by Empire State Development that they are allowed. Announcements by the vendor (Songs at Mirror Lake) should be announced shortly.


Adirondack Health Testing Information and Appointments (518-897-2462)


Testing is still a critical part of the requirements to keep us moving forward. Visit https://www.adirondackhealth.org/covid-testing for the most up to date hours and locations for testing. 


Stay up to date on data for the North Country Region at https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard.

Local Positive COVID-19 Data:


                           Essex County          North Elba

July 1, 2020                 59                            9

July 24, 2020               76                           10


Important reminder to short-term rental owners: The Host Compliance short-term online rental registration program is LIVE. Short-term rental owners have until July 31st to submit an online application.  

Prior to starting the application, it is suggested that you have all your application materials ready. 

Application materials include: (relevant forms and details are available on the North Elba STR webpage, http://www.northelba.org/?page=government/code-enforcement/short-term-rental): 

To complete the application please visit: https://secure.hostcompliance.com/north-elba-ny/permit-registration 

Additional information and daily postings may be found on the Town of North Elba Website, the Town of North Elba Facebook page, the Lake Placid Village Facebook page and Friends of Jay Rand Facebook page.


Relevant local information updates, including outdoor restaurant openings, restaurants offering take-out, retails stores opening and/or offering curbside pick-up, and all new developments as well as this newsletter can be received by subscribing to the Lake Placid Insider.