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Snowmobilers get new privilege in Lake George

A pair of snowmobile riders skim across Lake George during 2010 during the Lake George Winter Carnival, which annually attracts hundreds of sled enthusiasts in February. The Lake George Village Board voted Dec. 19 to establish snowmobile parking at the former Gaslight Village site during all the winter months so more snowmobilers will be attracted to downtown Lake George.

A pair of snowmobile riders skim across Lake George during 2010 during the Lake George Winter Carnival, which annually attracts hundreds of sled enthusiasts in February. The Lake George Village Board voted Dec. 19 to establish snowmobile parking at the former Gaslight Village site during all the winter months so more snowmobilers will be attracted to downtown Lake George. Photo by Thom Randall.

— In the interest of boosting tourism in downtown Lake George, the village board voted Dec. 19 to allow public snowmobile parking during the winter months on the former Gaslight Village property — the festival area of the West Brook Environmental Park.

At the board’s special meeting held Monday, Mayor Robert Blais said that last winter a considerable number of snowmobiles had been parking at various places substantial distances from downtown, and allowing parking in the festival area would encourage sled riders to patronize village businesses. The parking approval includes allowing snowmobile trailers.

Blais said that representatives of area snowmobile clubs had reported that the outlying sled parking areas were routinely full.

Also, the board approved reimbursement of the Warren County Department of Public Works for materials and labor for improvements to the north parcel of the West Brook lands for a parking lot. Plus, they voted to authorize Elan Planning and Design of Saratoga Springs to prepare grant applications relating to the festival space.

The board voted to turn over historic photographs, posters, and leaflets found during the demolition of Gaslight Village buildings to the Warren County Historical Society — with the assurance that the local historians have first privileges to the materials.

Blais said the county Historical Society is planning a display of the materials found at Gaslight for an appropriate site in the village.

Blais also said he was looking forward to working with the incoming town administration, which represents a new majority on the town board — Supervisor-elect Dennis Dickinson and board members Marisa Muratori and Dan Hurley. Muratori, who served several terms on the village board, was present for the village board meeting.

Blais said the village board might likewise be routinely sending a village trustee to the town board meetings to boost inter-municipal communication and cooperation.

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