The decision was based on several factors, he said, including that adjacent commercial landowners wanted them removed, and the promoters of the three premier events in Lake George - Americade, Adirondack Nationals Car Show and the regional tow truck operators convention - also indicated they preferred them gone.
But the other supervisors on the Gaslight Committee argued that the Cavalcade building, with its hefty steel superstructure, concrete floor and sound roof, was worth saving and would cost far more to rebuild at a later date.
Rebuilding such a venue in the future on the site, as proposed by Lake George Mayor Bob Blais, would be at best dubious because of the stringent environmental review, supervisors Frank Thomas of Stony Creek and Bill VanNess of Queensbury said. County Attorney/Administrator Paul Dusek agreed.
The idea of removing Cavalcade's facade to convert it to an open-air pavilion was discussed. Americade Founder Bill Dutcher, present at the meeting, said that his event, which is likely to host its vast trade show on the festival grounds, might be able to put such a facility to use.
Americade's motorcycle accessory trade show, the largest of its kind nationally, had been sited for decades on the Million Dollar Beach parking lot. Through the years, a rental fee for the lot, levied by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, had grown from zero to $52,000. But this year, DEC demanded $165,000 for a week's rental, then reduced their demand soon afterwards to $90,000, Dutcher said.
"We're still negotiating, with DEC," he said.
Dutcher has said he's been considering options in moving the annual touring bike rally - which boosts the local economy by $43 million annually according to an independent study - to an out-of-state location if governmental costs and regulations continue to increase.
As for the buildings on the Gaslight festival grounds, Dutcher said he wasn't going to take a position one way or another. Indecision on the issue, however, would be the worst case scenario, he said, because convention planners need to have accommodation details planned at least a year in advance.