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Lake George seeking stimulus cash for streetscape upgrade

Blais said that the village has encountered problems serving notices of violations because many of the local landowners live overseas or across the country, which makes enforcing the law problematical.

Also, the village board forwarded a suggestion to the village planning board to consider liberalizing its zoning ordinances that limit structure heights to a maximum of three stories. Increasing that limit to four or five stories or more might help boost village development and expand the tax base, village trustee Ray Perry said, noting that all development projects in the village involving structures over 40 feet tall would require stringent review of the Adirondack Park Agency anyway.

"Building upwards is the only way we'll be able to grow in the future," Perry said, observing that condominium developments, anticipated in the village, were often higher than three stories.

Trustee Joe Mastrodomenico expressed his reservations.

"The next thing you know, Donald Trump would be in our village building high-rises."

Perry persisted with his point.

"It's happening all over the nation, and we need to keep up with the times," he said.

In other business, the village approved adding two weekends to their list of dates when village residents can rent out spaces on their property for parking vehicles.

Although the practice is generally not permitted in the village, it is now permitted for summer Thursday nights when fireworks are held, and on dates for the Lake George Car Show, Americade motorcycle rally, and for the Fourth of July.

New on the list are Friday and Saturday during the annual Family Festival event, and on Labor Day weekend.

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