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Officials to lobby state to keep Americade here

In other business, the village board:

• Boosted the all-week Americade parking fee from $9 to $10 after Greater Glens Falls Transit increased their fees to the village. The parking pass includes free transportation on village trolleys all Americade week, rather than a limited number of trips as was allowed in the past.

• Announced intention to install a temporary traffic signal on Canada St. in front of Fort William Henry Resort during Americade week to allow motorcyclists to more easily enter and exit the hotel, which is the new headquarters for the rally. Officials have reported that there are substantial traffic snarls at the resort entrance during Americade week.

• Voted to borrow money through a $1.8 million 30-year bond at no interest from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. to fund upgrades to the Lake George sewer transmission lines and processing plant. The project includes lining the pipes with an impervious material to prevent leaks or ruptures.

• Decided to send proposed electronic sign ordinances back to the town planning board for re-wording. The color of lights on these digital "reader board" signs and the signs' placement, particular on doors, were issues concerning the village leaders.

• Shelved a request to allow a "water ball" attraction to operate at Shepard park Beach. The amusement features a five-minute walk on water inside a large sphere that's attached to a 10-foot tether. The enterprise was rejected due to lack of appropriate space and possible conflict with swimming and other uses of the shoreline - as well as potential noise from a generator used to inflate the ball. Also, Blais said, the state Health Department was seeking assurances from the village that no water-walker would vomit or defecate inside the ball.

Trustee John Earl and others suggested the water-ball promoter pursue the idea with lakeside hotels and motels that own a stretch of the Lake George shoreline.

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