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Lake George seniors want town-subsidized gambling trips restored

Lake George Senior Citizens Club President John Herzog gives some instruction on handling an accordion to Lake George High School 12th grader Cole Gailor in an event the club held in April.  On Monday Dec. 10, Herzog asked the Lake  George Town Board to commit more support to the town’s seniors as well as requesting that the town-sponsored jaunts to the Saratoga Racino, discontinued early this year, be reinstated.

Lake George Senior Citizens Club President John Herzog gives some instruction on handling an accordion to Lake George High School 12th grader Cole Gailor in an event the club held in April. On Monday Dec. 10, Herzog asked the Lake George Town Board to commit more support to the town’s seniors as well as requesting that the town-sponsored jaunts to the Saratoga Racino, discontinued early this year, be reinstated.

— Crocitto said that the town might be partnering with the Lake George School District in expanding their bus garage, now used as a headquarters for the summer program due to its proximity to tennis courts, sports fields and the lake. He said that such an expansion might allow the commission to use the garage as a summer youth program headquarters.

Grants awarded to local events

The board also appropriated occupancy tax grants to three events — a sum of $1,500 for St. James’ Episcopal Church’s Hot Rod Happening; up to $2,000 to Sean Quirk’s East Coast Snocross Races set for Jan. 26 and 27 in the Charles Wood Park; and up to $2,000 to Norm Dasher’s annual Lake George Performance Weekend.

In other business at the meeting, the Lake George town board:

• Heard from board member Marisa Muratori that the town was establishing an annual Community Stewardship Award, and that nominations were now being sought;

• Were informed that progress was underway on permits and plans for the new Price Chopper just off Northway Exit 23;

• Noted that two vacancies on town panels are open as of Dec. 31 — a seat on the Planning Board to be vacated by Ed LaFerriere, and a seat on the Board of Assessment Review, occupied by Thomas Roach for 27 years. Dickinson praised both men for their dedicated service through the years;

•Voted to raise by $92 an annual sum of $1,808 paid to employees who opt out of town-bankrolled health insurance;

•Approved purchase of a new 3/4-ton pickup truck with a plow, on state contract, for $34,251;

• Voted to adjust caps on employees health insurance to partially offset the boosted premiums the employees were facing this year. Dickinson noted that without the adjustments, employees would be receiving from $500 to $1,459 less in take home pay.

Dickinson said that the adjustments would cost the town taxpayers about $16,000.

“We appreciate the job our employees do, and we don’t want to lose any of them.”

The board voted to enact the changes.

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