Downtown Advisory Board
The Downtown Advisory Board works to improve economic vitality by enhancing the experience, image and lifestyle of Downtown Saranac Lake.
DAB provides the opportunity for the sharing of ideas about downtown by businesses and community members. On September 9, 2013 the Village Board of Trustees established the Downtown Advisory Board (DAB) to advise the Village Board and staff on matters concerning the downtown area, including but not limited to:
- Implementation of community plans for the downtown area
- Polices and actions that affect downtown
- Planning and implementation of downtown events, promotions, beautification, and fundraising
- Public infrastructure activities such as streetscape projects
- Other community matters that may affect downtown Saranac Lake
The DAB meets once a month at 8:30 am on the second Tuesday of each month in the Village Board Room, 39 Main Street (2nd floor of the Town Hall). DAB meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to address the board as a guest speaker by contacting the Community Development Department at (518) 891-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisory Board Members
The DAB consists of nine volunteer members appointed by the Board of Trustees. Members must be a downtown resident, downtown property owner, downtown business owner, downtown event representative, or work at a downtown business.
|Tim Fortune, Chair||12/31/21|
|Adam Harris, Vice Chair||12/21/21|
|Brandon DeVito, Secretary||12/31/21|
|Diane Litynski, Treasurer||12/31/21|
DAB’s work is guided by the vision and goals contained in the Strategic Investment Plan. The Village is also a member of Main Street America, a network of communities working to revitalize older and historic commercial districts to build stronger downtown-focused economies. The Main Street Approach helps DAB select strategies for achieving the goals included in the Strategic Investment Plan. The Main Street Approach and the Strategic Investment Plan go hand in hand to improve economic vitality by enhancing the experience, image and lifestyle through comprehensive work in the downtown area.
Energize Downtown Fund Accepting Applications through Feb. 28th
The Energize Downtown Fund provides matching grant funds to commercial and mixed-use properties in the Saranac Lake DRI target area. Property owners, business owners, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funds for interior and exterior building improvements, site upgrades and enhancements and commercial rent assistance. The application and guidelines can be found here. Contact Jamie Konkoski if you have any questions.
DAB Meeting Minutes
The DPW waters the flowers throughout downtown during the summer months. The cost of the flowers in the large planters is shared between the Village and business owners. VIS covers the cost of the hanging baskets. Scott's Florist designs and plants the flowers.