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Village development moratorium left to expire

McCoy said village and town officials were meeting with DEC officials Wednesday to discuss the sewer inflows.

Blais said the village board, alongside the town, would continue to pursue investigations into illegal inflows of groundwater and stormwater, using a remote-controlled video camera designed to inspect sewer pipes.

The sewer hookup moratorium was enacted in February, following concerns over not only the sewer plant capacity, but the sewer system's integrity. A sewer break occurred in July 2009 in front of Shepard Park beach that prompted the beach to be closed to the public while the beach was cleaned and renovated, and pipes were inspected for their durability, which was confirmed. The beach closure was extended for the rest of the summer due to continuing high levels of coliform bacteria, which village officials blamed on wildlife congregating on the beach, rather than the sewer spill, because after installing bird-repellent devices, the coliform counts dropped dramatically.

Blais announced Monday routine coliform counts this summer show that the water at Shepard Park Beach is clean, well within state limits for bacteria.

In other business Monday, the village board:

• Approved the installation of six wooden bulletin boards around the village to hold tourism posters. The board members decided they would contain only information promoting Lake George, expressing concern about some materials circulating in the village offering discounts in Lake Placid.

• Approved the erection of a large sign facing the lake that will promote the Lake George Jazz Weekend to boaters. The event sponsor, the Lake George Arts Project, has plans to have speakers this year direct the festival music toward the lake so boaters can enjoy the jazz performances.

• Discussed options concerning a hole in the Mannix yard at Helen Street near McGillis Street, which neighbors have said poses a safety hazard to children. Some time ago, the village installed a culvert running through various adjoining properties, but the Mannix property owners wouldn't grant an easement, so the village left a gap on their property - between two culverts - that is about four feet deep and occasionally fills up with water. Blais said the owners refused to allow town employees on the property.

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