LAKE GEORGE - After two years of debate and contentious public hearings, the Warren County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 17, 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.
However, Lake George supervisor Frank McCoy said Sept. 20 demolition wasn't about to happen.
County attorney Paul Dusek has said demolition of the building would need approval of all the municipal owners of the building and the surrounding West Brook park festival plot - Warren County, the village of Lake George and the town of Lake George. Dusek has said in the case of an impasse, a lawsuit might be undertaken to settle the matter.
On Monday, McCoy declined to comment on such potential actions, but he instead said the town board members were now "considering their options." He has said such options include the other two entities buying out the town's interest in the West Brook environmental park. Talk surfaced Monday night among people close to negotiations between environmentalists and the municipalities that this was now under serious consideration.
Supervisors wary of future costs
All county supervisors but five voted Friday 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 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 county 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. This decision was driven by special interests at the cost of the greater good."