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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:05AM

Lake Placid eyes annexation proposal

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The Town of Lake Placid is looking to expand. Annexation of properties along West Interlake between Tangerine and Catfish Creek Roads was discussed at Monday evening’s meeting of the Town Council.

Town Planner Susan BuChans, Planning and Zoning official Mark Hill, and Zoning Supervisor Linda Conrad presented options for the rezoning and land use plan changes for annexed properties. Guidance was requested from council as to which of the options they would recommend to the property owners.

The property owners will soon be contacted regarding possible annexation, with the specific options to be explained at a later date. A motion was passed to contact those property owners with preliminary details.

In other action:

• A resolution was passed to honor Mike Waldron for his time on Town Council. He was appointed to fill a vacant council seat two years ago and did not complete the qualification process to seek re-election. The resolution expresses “sincere appreciation for the services rendered and leadership provided by Michael Waldron during his time as Council Member.” This was Waldron’s last meeting.

• The Council also passed a resolution thanking the Highlands County Board of Commissioners for their work in bringing the West Interlake project to successful completion.

• Another resolution was passed to acquire 40 feet of right-of-way on North Tangerine to facilitate additional road improvements. A public hearing will be held to receive input as to land use associated with the right-of-way purchase.

• A representative of Caladium Pediatrics requested that Council urge the Health Department to reopen the recently closed Lake Placid facility at least two days a week. A spokesman for the Health Department said economics circumstances drove the decision to close the facility and pointed out that the Sebring facility was still operating. Council pressed the spokesman for reasons for the apparently sudden, unpublicized action without the opportunity for public input. No satisfactory response was provided.

• A proclamation was approved designating April 2014 as “Donate Life Month” in Lake Placid and urging residents to consider giving life by signing up for organ donations at or when renewing their driver’s license.

• The council also issued a proclamation designating April 4, 2014, as “Lake Placid’s Race for a Cure Day” in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Lake Placid High School’s Roger Scarborough Memorial Field on April 4 and 5.