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State Health Department cites Lake Geo. for youth program ‘violations’

Medical Director really needed?

A lifeguard watches over swimmers this week at Shepard Park beach in Lake George. Although local lifeguards have monitored swimmers for decades without any major incident, the state Health Department is now requiring that the town of Lake George hire an Aquatics Director to preside over the beach activities when the youth in the town summer recreation program are swimming, athough certified lifeguards are already present.

A lifeguard watches over swimmers this week at Shepard Park beach in Lake George. Although local lifeguards have monitored swimmers for decades without any major incident, the state Health Department is now requiring that the town of Lake George hire an Aquatics Director to preside over the beach activities when the youth in the town summer recreation program are swimming, athough certified lifeguards are already present. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “The kids love it,” he said.

Dickinson said the town was notified that the bus garage didn’t meet state requirements. He said the inspectors said it must have a ramp for access by “campers” with mobility challenges, and needed handicapped rest rooms to be constructed. The Commission was also cited for oil stains on the bus garage floor, he said.

Dickinson questioned whether an Aquatics Director really needed to be hired. He noted that the swimming, which is offered from noon to 3 p.m. at Shepard Park Beach nearby, is conducted under the auspices of the lifeguards employed by the Village.

Dickinson said Monday that he’d be setting up a summit meeting between health department representatives, board members and various community members to see if the “Children’s Camp” classification could be changed, and reach an agreement with state officials to resolve the other issues.

News of the Health Department’s citations sparked memories among board members and town meeting attendees of the agency’s determination earlier this year that Diamond Point Beach had to be locked down when no lifeguard was present. That decision was reversed.

“This is a crazy law,” resident Joanne Gavin said after hearing of the inspection citations.

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