LAKE GEORGE - After two years of debate and contentious public hearings, the Warren County Board of Supervisors voted Friday not to condone the renovation of the Cavalcade of Cars building by the Town of Lake George, and to pursue demolition of the facility instead.
All county supervisors but five voted for demolition. The five voting to renovate were those involved in county tourism efforts: Ron Conover of Bolton, Frank Thomas of Stony Creek, Ralph Bentley of Horicon, Gene Merlino of Lake Luzerne, and Lake George Supervisor Frank McCoy - who had championed the renovation of the building into a community and events center along with his predecessor Lou Tessier.
All the Queensbury and Glens Falls Supervisors voted for demolition and against rehabilitation of Cavalcade. They were joined by upcounty supervisors Kevin Geraghty of Warrensburg, Sterling Goodspeed of Johnsburg, Dan Belden of Hague, and Fred Monroe of Chester, all of whom had once supported renovation.
Minutes after the vote, McCoy passed out a statement that read, "The real losers are the business people of Lake George who will not have the opportunity to host and stage major events," he said. "This decision was driven by special interests at the cost of the greater good."
Board Chairman Fred Monroe said he voted against rehabilitation because it was bound to be expensive, and the county taxpayers would be on the hook for the costs if the Town of Lake George at some point didn't shoulder the bill.
"The county is in no position at this point to take any risk like this," he said.
Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty added his thoughts.
"If creating this event and conference space was such a good idea, private enterprise would have taken on this project years ago."
Sterling Goodspeed of Johnsburg commented on why he voted for demolition.