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Town, village employees praised for Irene response

On a tour through Lake George inspecting damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Lake George Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington (center) and Lake George Town Supervisor FrankMcCoy gaze at a road washout carved by raging floodwaters careening through Scrimshaw Estates off Rte. 9N.

On a tour through Lake George inspecting damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Lake George Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington (center) and Lake George Town Supervisor FrankMcCoy gaze at a road washout carved by raging floodwaters careening through Scrimshaw Estates off Rte. 9N.

— In other actions, the town board:

• Announced that the town court was seeking a $4,000 grant to construct an entrance wall into the town court/meeting room and install a metal detector;

•Set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 17 for the 2012 budget of Caldwell Fire District No. 2 which is expected to increase from $12,500 to $15,500;

•Appropriated $300 for the Adirondack Local Government Review Board, which has endured a 53 percent budget cut;

•Heard that die-testing of the Diamond Point beach rest rooms indicated that no septic leaks were occurring;

•Announced that Rich Morehouse was retiring from his post as town Buildings & Grounds superintendent after 34 years of dedicated service;

•Thanked resident Bob Leombruno for retrieving a pump that was used to pump lakewater for irrigation in Usher Park;

•Decided to use lakewater to irrigate the lawns at the court house to reduce use of potable water and save money.

•Urged Code Enforcement Officer Rob Hickey to resume his ongoing work inspecting area homes and businesses to assure that sump pumps were not dumping stormwater into the town’s sanitary sewer system.

Also, town board member Fran Heinrich said she was intending to meet with Lake George Emergency Squad officials and discuss their 2012 budget.

In addition, she noted she had received several letters claiming that using horses in the horse-drawn carriage operations in the village constituted “cruelty to animals,” an allegation that raised eyebrows in the meeting.

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