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County proposes to widen West Brook Road, add paid parking

West Brook Road at the southern end of Lake George, now a boulevard with two one-way lanes straddling a stream, may be reconfigured before next summer under a plan endorsed by Warren County Supervisors Sept. 27. The county leaders voted to make the southbound lane two way and close off the northern northbound lane to through traffic and reconstruct it as a parking lot.

West Brook Road at the southern end of Lake George, now a boulevard with two one-way lanes straddling a stream, may be reconfigured before next summer under a plan endorsed by Warren County Supervisors Sept. 27. The county leaders voted to make the southbound lane two way and close off the northern northbound lane to through traffic and reconstruct it as a parking lot. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Some supervisors suggested the county proceed with the first option, and develop the extra spaces in the years to come when money could be budgeted for it.

But Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe responded that the county should borrow the money to build the extra spaces soon, and the parking revenue would more than cover the loan payments. Waiting to develop parking, he said, would mean lost revenue in the meantime.

The county plans for parking apparently conflict with the town of Lake George's objective of developing paid parking along West Brook Road. They have already passed a resolution to designate parking spaces and install meters.

They own 75 percent of the northbound lane and all of the southbound lane, so they’d theoretically be be receiving the money from parking on their lands.

The county proposals are contingent on a legal review of whether the town and village governments are entitled to the revenue, rather than the county.

The county supervisors said they were unwilling to spend money on developing paid parking unless the county government would receive the revenue.

Lake George Supervisor Frank McCoy said that his first priority was looking out after the interests of his town taxpayers.

He said he is looking forward to cooperating with the county on the parking issue, but not at the expense of his constituents.

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