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For the editor:

My opinion :

The Ironman Task Force worked diligently for eight months to come up with recommendations for 2022, 2023 and, if all went in the right direction, 2024. We had drafted a document that was acceptable to all sides of the Ironman issue. Lake Placid and had room for review and cancellation. The Ironman Lake Placid contract was not on the agenda of the July 18 village public council until about an hour before the meeting and went to all parties for an immediate vote. Once again, and for the second year in a row, the Regional Sustainable Tourism Board finds itself under pressure (as Ironman Lake Placid is about to begin) to sign or approve Ironman’s terms and conditions for future years. . And then it becomes urgent. How can they not know?

I got a copy of the signed contract through the FOIA (why shouldn’t our taxpaying citizens be able to see this?) and only one recommendation out of 15 was included in that contract. Yet in every interview given by ROOST, the task force’s recommendations are rolled out and waved around as the definitive word on what all parties would find acceptable. The entire contents of the Ironman Lake Placid contract are requests from Ironman with no apparent stipulations by ROOST on behalf of the affected communities. Our task force recommendations, an afterthought, were to be attached as a memorandum of understanding…an unenforceable document meant to appease everyone. To our knowledge, this MOU document has not yet been attached to the contract. The other 14 legitimate recommendations were ignored. It started in the fall with a flawed investigation, no facts or figures provided to the public beforehand to be able to make an informed decision on whether to keep Ironman and now the ruse of ROOST proclaiming that they “worked to ensure that the contract includes the need to implement recommendations.” Our hard work has been used to give the appearance of conformity.

My position on Ironman was known long before I was asked to be part of this (voluntary) working group. Apparently some members felt that we were all supposed to goose step on this. maybe my “wake up and smell the coffee” the notes were too direct. Trish Friedlander and I withstood many insults and insults from other members of the task force (I won’t even begin to list, it’s too childish). Like Trish, I retired from this working group on July 28th. Vitriole was unacceptable and it seemed an exercise in futility.

It was a work group, not a party. Diverse opinions should have been encouraged and insults should not have been tolerated.

Regarding the interview with Mary Jane Lawrence in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: the words ” sly “ and “undermine” were never addressed to him by a member of the working group, the words “lack of transparency” and “ROOST has a PR problem” were.

Sign,

Ann Stillman O’Leary

Lake Placid



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