Mar 01, 2007 — A fight has erupted between the Olympic Regional Development Authority and one of the Adirondack Park's most influential local government leaders. At a meeting this week, ORDA's board decided to re-open the question of how to spend a $5.5 million fund. The money had been set aside for a chair lift that would connect North Creek's local ski bowl with the stat-run Gore Mountain ski area. That project has been delayed by litigation and by a review of possible environmental impacts. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported yesterday that several ORDA officials say the money might be lost if it's not spent on other projects. According to the newspaper, other proposals for the fund include upgrades to the Gore Mountain base lodge and construction of a learning center. But Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas, whose community includes North Creek, accused ORDA of trying to raid money that locals fought hard to win. Thomas, who also sits on the Adirondack Park Agency board, spoke with Brian Mann.