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Lake Placid mayor, councilwoman to seek re-election

LAKE PLACID - Mayor John Holbrook and Councilwoman Debra Worley plan to seek re-election to their seats in the April 8 municipal election.

The qualifying period for the election begins at noon Feb. 17 and ends at noon Feb. 21.

Both Holbrook and Worley told Highlands Today Friday they will be running again.

Holbrook noted he has served two non-consecutive four-year terms as mayor.

Worley said that she has taken two years off from the council since her first election to a seat in 2002.

Her list was to create an enterprise zone to help businesses and then start a community redevelopment agency.

"I'm not done yet," she said.

Meanwhile, the agenda for today's town council meeting includes the appointment of an alternate member for the town's election canvassing board.

Worley said about a month ago she told Town Administrator Phil Williams that she wanted to get the word out to the public about the town election.

"A lot of times it just slips through and nobody knew there was going to be an election," she said. "So now I am planning on running for re-election."

Councilman Mike Waldron's term will also end this year. He could not be reached for comment on his intentions.

Also, the city has started the search for a new utility director.

Gary Freeman, who is recovering from a hip operation, will be retiring as the town's utility director in November.

Williams noted on the council meeting agenda that the town has a "small pool" of applicants. The town will use a "committee approach" in the hiring process to encourage diversity, he noted.

Worley said: "I think we are going to have to make a decision on what kind of person we need. I tend to think we need an operator more than we need another administration person because we have Phil [Williams] now."

The town needs somebody to make sure its utility systems are working properly, she said.

"I don't think we just need a civil engineer who isn't a field person," Worley said. "We've got a lot going on with our utilities."

The town can't afford to have anything go wrong with the utility systems it has acquired, she said.