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Bolton Bulletin

No-smoke policy set for parks

Smoking is now prohibited in town parks, since the Bolton Town Board unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the practice at their February town board meeting.

The smoking ban pertains to Rogers Park, Veterans Park and the Little League complex, and the Conservation Club building. The prohibition at the latter site also calls for a 100-feet smoke free zone around the building.

Other issues raised at the town meeting include:

•Zandy Gabriels expressed concern about the construction of a building on The Sagamore Resort property. He noted that a building with full porch was demolished and is being replaced with another structure without porches. The town planning board should have known that the new structure would be without such important architectural features, he said.

Zandy Gabriels, who lives near the Sagamore on Green Island, added that the closure of The Sagamore during the winter in recent years has substantially reduced the activity at downtown businesses. He observed that former owners of the Sagamore lived on site, but the new owners don't have such an intimate involvement with the community.

He suggested that the town and The Sagamore should establish a closer relationship because the town's livelihood depends on this resort year-round, not just in the summertime.

•The town board approved hiring the L.A. Group to apply for a state Smart Growth planning grant that would focus on hiking trails and other recreational assets in the Lake George area. The grant includes venues in the communities of Hague, and Lake George. The L.A. Group of Saratoga Springs is to be paid $800 for the grant application, with $600 to be reimbursed by participating communities.

The idea is to develop a Trails Master Plan for the Lake George watershed encircling the lake. This will include graphics showing the public trailheads, lake access points, public docking areas, snowmobile trails, links to downtown business districts, trolley stops, and various attractions, including recreational, historic and cultural resources. The project is an economic development initiative that seeks to provide and promote a trail system that will prompt new tourism and boost local communities' commercial activity.

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