Board tweaks code to enhance traffic issues in village

LAKE GEORGE The Lake George Village Board took steps at its last meeting to address traffic issues in the village by amending the village code in two places. In one move, the board of trustees changed the amount that tow companies may be paid to tow and store vehicles during snow removal and/or emergency situation in the village. Weve found that these amounts havent been changed in years and they really dont reflect todays rates, said Mayor Robert Blais. The amount that may be charged to tow a vehicle shall not exceed $125, up from $75 previously. The amount per day to store a vehicle may not exceed $40 per day, up from $25. The second change bans traffic, standing, stopping or parking on the Lower Montcalm Street Concourse from Canada Street to the shore of Lake George with the exception of designated emergency vehicles, village service vehicles, or the vehicles of property owners of Lower Montcalm. The change also prohibits parking on the MacDonald Pier. The board also added a handicapped parking space on Lower Amherst Street and moved a handicapped parking space on Canada Street, changing it from the space on the west side, south of the crosswalk to the west side, north of the crosswalk. In a separate move, the board took steps to end confusion about the status of the skating rink at the village recreation center. Mayor Blais explained that a cut in funding from Warren County resulted in the villages inability to afford staffing and maintaining the skating rink and therefore, it has been closed. Still, Blais said, people go there with the expectation that there is still skating and it leads to disappointment. We want to end the confusion, he said. To that end, the board acted on an amendment to eliminate the section of the village code that deals with a skating rink.

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