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Dueling supervisors in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE Long-time Lake George Supervisor Lou Tessier is facing a challenge from a former Lake George Supervisor, Robert Flacke, this year. Tessier said that his main focus is to continue what he has done for the last 24 y ears; making sure the town is in good financial shape and keeping taxes down. The only tax we have in town is $1.40 per $1,000, and its for services that we provide with the village, Tessier said. Over the years, Tessier has been, and remains, involved with many committees to benefit the community. He chairs four county committees, tourism, airport, social services and criminal justice, and sits on seven others. He is also on 10 committees outside the county that serve Lake George, including the Lake George Watershed Conference and the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board, which fosters economic growth in the area. During his tenure, Tessiers administration has rehabilitated Usher Park and its beach and obtained generators for the senior center and the town hall, making them gathering spots in case of emergency. The trolley is a big asset to the community, he said. Glens Falls didnt want it anymore, so we took it back, painted it, and now we use it for seniors and other organizations. He hopes to see the Gaslight Village conservation park project to fruition along with a new firehouse in the village. Were working out a contract with the fire company for services outside the village, he said. They deserve a new building. Flacke feels that the town government needs to look forward. I think the town government hasnt done enough planning for the future, Flacke said. Theres been no changes in zoning, theyve allowed building on substandard lots and theres a lack of oversight by the government. Flacke, who was Lake George supervisor in the 70s for eight years, said his administration was forward looking. I dont think theyve reached out to the town for help, he said. Zoning results from planning and there has been no planning for the past five or 10 years to enhance the quality of life. Flacke said the water and sewer systems need to be developed and maintained for future growth. Some developers have had severe problems, he said. One is under a court order from DEC to correct a substandard sewer system and thats due to a lack of planning and oversight by the government.

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