Gaslight Village buildings saved by county board

County Budget Officer and Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said he supported Tessier's low-budget fix-up.

"The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and business people of the area are right in their belief that the buildings should be kept to attract events and festivals," he said.

For months, Regional Chamber director Louisa Craige-Sherman has advocated keeping the buildings. She said at the recent hearing that various event coordinators she's talked with have expressed how they'd need one or both of the two buildings rehabilitated in order to host their festivals, which Craige-Sherman said would bring in millions of dollars in tourism revenue to the area.

"Within the past six months, we've turned events away because the buildings weren't ready to handle them," she said.

Frank Thomas of Stony Creek also said retaining the buildings was the right approach.

"You can always tear down buildings easily, but when you put them back, it's quite a project. "

Standing in the Lake George Highway Garage Monday morning, Tessier was lining up equipment and manpower to make progress on the renovation effort. He said other towns had already committed labor and machinery. Several local contractors have also volunteered their help.

"We need festival facilities badly to bring in more people to Lake George," he said. "We're going to be moving forward on this project right away."

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