Burned-out building to be razed
In other business Monday, the Lake George Village Board approved a plan to demolish the burned-out shell of the former Mitchell Cohen dental office at 48 Amherst St. Although initially to be accomplished at taxpayer expense, the cost of the contracted demolition work would be recouped through a lien on the property, paid off when the land sells, Mayor Blais said. Mitchell Cohen's lawyer told Blais that Cohen has no money to pay for the demolition - Cohen's insurance company is not paying for the fire claim, Blais said.
Parking patrol scolded for goofing off
Blais announced that parking meter revenue has jumped in the past several weeks after he scolded the village crew of parking meter enforcers for their lackadaisical attitude. Blais said he recently noted the meter-minders had written 2,400 tickets less than last year, and the next day he told them "You must be walking around with your eyes closed."
The warning came after Blais followed the meter-minders around and found them walking around in groups where no meters existed. Other board members said they'd seen the parking meter employees together lounging in village parks instead of individually patrolling the streets.
The day after the warning, the number of tickets they wrote surged, Blais said.
Laws would limit picnic tables, displays
The board tabled a law that would limit the number of tables and racks Lake George businesses could set out for designated sidewalk sale days, customarily during the village craft shows and on labor Day and Columbus Day weekends. A proposed law restricted the tables to one per business, but Councilman Ray Perry said the number of tables should be according to the size of the storefront. The proposed law was tabled for re-submission to another public hearing.
The board also discussed a proposed companion law that allows the village Planning Board to determine what type of furnishings and lighting that restaurants, taverns and shops have out-of-doors, and prohibit the use of picnic tables. The law would also restrict the number of menu boards allowed. Blais said he's received complaints about picnic tables being set outdoors in front of Canada St. businesses.