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Lake George eyes point system to curb unruly behavior, unkempt properties

This vacant residence and property in Warrensburg, represents the conditions that new property maintenance legislation — endorsed last week by the town leaders of Warrensburg and Lake George — is intended to prevent. Lake George’s new proposed Nuisance Abatement law goes further, imposing penalties for repeated incidences of unruly conduct of citizens and tenants. Recently, the yard of this particular vacant property has been cleaned up.

This vacant residence and property in Warrensburg, represents the conditions that new property maintenance legislation — endorsed last week by the town leaders of Warrensburg and Lake George — is intended to prevent. Lake George’s new proposed Nuisance Abatement law goes further, imposing penalties for repeated incidences of unruly conduct of citizens and tenants. Recently, the yard of this particular vacant property has been cleaned up. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Such violations could include illegal use or sale of controlled substances, loitering, existence of illegal weapons on the property, behavior that prompts excessive police calls, or breaching village codes.

Each incident, including a code violation, would be assigned a value of four to six points.

Accumulation of 12 points within six months or 18 or more points within a year would trigger enforcement action.

Enforcement could include closing down a n establishment or forcing tenants or residents to vacate, and provide for fines of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

At their board meeting Monday Aug. 20, The village board voted unanimously to hold public hearings on the laws as extended and amended.

In other business, the board:

•approved a new fee schedule for the use of municipal venues for special events;

• heard that the new parking lot behind Giuseppe's restaurant is a rousing success and is raising robust revenue for taxpayers;

• heard that the village’s Oktoberfest event will be expanded and moved to Shepard Park — and will likely include barrel-rolling contests between taverns;

• is considering suspending parking fees during particular days or village events — As suggested by business owner Patty Kirkpatrick;

• may tweak their ordinance prohibiting exterior displays of merchandise so kiosks can be erected in the Village Mall;

• rejected a request from the village Fire Department to issue a new key so the agency could obtain fuel for an additional vehicle;

• heard from village wastewater superintendent Tim Shudt that restoring the sewage plant’s sand beds to original depth and cleaning them out could substantially reduce the ongoing problem of nitrates in the plants outflows;

• pledged renewed support of the South Warren Snowmobile Club with $2,500 per year primarily for trail maintenance;

• rejected a proposal for commissioning the painting of a canvas mural to be loaned out to business owners to place in their windows while their stores are under renovation;

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