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Ti may ban metal detectors

TICONDEROGA-Treasure hunters beware. Ticonderoga has had enough.

The town board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 9 in the Community Building on a proposed law to ban metal detectors from town-owned property.

Trustees are concerned the community's rich history is attracting treasure hunters.

"The town of Ticonderoga finds that the preservation of historic artifacts and the aesthetic condition of real property...is of the upmost importance," the proposed law reads. "The town further finds that the use of metal detectors on town-owned real property may result in the unnecessary disruption of town-owned property and finds that the adoption of an ordinance prohibiting the use of metal detectors...promotes the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the town of Ticonderoga."

Tonya Thompson, town clerk, said her office has been contacted by people wishing to search for historic artifacts.

Ticonderoga was a key location in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

Fort Ticonderoga, which is privately owned and was the site of America's first victory in Revolutionary War, already bans metal detectors.

If the proposed town law is adopted, violators will be fined $50 for each offense. The ordinance would be enforced by the Ticonderoga Police Department and the town code enforcement officer.

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