Village seeks to replace docks

LAKEGEORGE-At a special Lake George Village Board meeting held Thursday, May 26, the board voted to authorize Mayor Robert Blais to apply for a state grant to replace the six village public docks.

Mayor Robert Blais said the board was seeking to replace the existing, deteriorating public docks with permanent crib docks. The village docks, located at the southern end of the lake, are getting damaged at ice-out each year. New docks are expected to cost several hundred thousand dollars, Blais said.

In other actions at the special meeting, the board decided to pay Darrin Freshwater Institute for every-other-week testing of Lake George's water quality. The tests, conducted in the lake several spots offshore including by Shepard Park, near Marine Village Resort, and near Blais Park, measure the concentration of coliform bacteria. Mayor Robert Blais noted that the state had discontinued their funding for the agency's water testing programs, so it was appropriate to now pay them for their services.

A proposal to install a defibrillator in the community room of the Lake George Firehouse and perhaps the village hall was tabled, after village trustees considered the fact that installing one would require the village to have a qualified attendant on duty who was certified in the use of the heart-jumpstarting machine during every public event held in the facility, according to state Health Department regulations.

The board voted to hire Ernie Lavine as supervisor of the summer peace officers. The village previously hired Lavine through his enterprise, and now he's available to work at $30 per hour as needed, an arrangement that is expected to save taxpayers $10,000 or so. Mayor Blais estimated that the village would need to have him on duty to train, schedule, and supervise the officers for about 100 hours total over the summer.

The trustees issued parade permits to the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association for their 9-11 Memorial Parade to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday June 17, and their formal dress parage on Saturday June 18. The group will charged $250 per hour for the cost of four peace officers for the Saturday parade, and $150 per hour for the Friday parade.

The board also approved a special event permit for the Lake George Wakeboard Tournament, to be held 9 a.m. To 6 p.m. by Adirondack Water Sports at the Village docks.

Also, the board endorsed Improv Records 'free concert series in Shepard Park every Friday through Sept. 9. The series of rock concerts, which Blais said is very popular, is funded in part by $2,000 in Occupancy Tax receipts.

At the special meeting, Blais reported that several of the Canada Street properties which had been in deteriorating condition, were now undergoing a facelift.

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