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Garage sale signs to be regulated

Board member Marisa Muratori expressed concern that the land be properly preserved and that existing stormwater problems be abated.

"We have a responsibility to protect lake quality," she said, suggesting that stormwater problems be solved before a sale. "Also, we need assurance that the buyer take the stewardship of the land further."

Citizen Patricia Dow warned the board that the village planning board was considering banning A-frame signs that direct pedestrians on Canada Street toward businesses and attractions located on the side streets.

Blais noted that the signs were vital in advertising the enterprises off the beaten path, and ordinances were in place to regulate them."Our policies have worked," he said.

The board also considered a request to add a spouse of former judge Wade Earl to a village-funded health insurance policy. Board members decided to formalize a policy for all spouses seeking to obtain coverage, although they may have waived coverage in prior years.

A request from the Lake George Winter Carnival Committee to have bonfires at Shepard Park beach during the 2009 event was approved by the board.

Change orders in the construction of the village firehouse were approved. A decrease of $10,000 was approved after the village chose a less expensive but more aesthetically pleasing variety of stone for the facade. Other changes were made, reflecting both savings and new expenditures. One of the latter includes an increase of $4,014 for a thermal barrier covering exposed foam insulation above the dropped ceiling.

The board also decided to reject an initial offer from Time-Warner Cable to pay $4,000 annually for the local cable television franchise over a 10-year contract. Board members decided they wanted a higher payment and a contract that only lasted several years.

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