Smoking in parks to be discouraged
The board enacted a change to the village property maintenance law, boosting fines from $100 to $200 flat fee to $250 for each day that the violation exists.
The village leaders also approved a No-Smoking mission statement and erection of "Smoke-Free Environment" signs to be placed in the village recreation center and Shepard Park to discourage smoking. Blais said a No Smoking policy was unenforceable under the law, but a mission statement for the village would be appropriate legally to back up the signage. "We need to alert the pubic that we support good health, and the use of tobacco products is a detriment to the health of our citizens," he said.
Moonglow event to be revived
Blais announced that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the use of Battleground Park for the Village's Moonglow event, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. Blais said he and Councilman Perry are working to revive the traditional event after the former sponsors, the Adirondack Balloon Festival, gave it up several years ago. Blais noted that the Moonglow event had been immensely popular, and drew many visitors to the village. This year's nighttime event would include five balloons, provided by SunKiss Ballooning, intermittently lit up internally. The event would be held concurrently with the International Antique & Classic Boat Regatta and a craft show event, organized by former Village board member Marisa Muratori, complete with live musical entertainment.