To the Adirondack Journal:
Recent articles in the Post-Star have given false impressions to readers about cooperation between the town and village of Lake George.
While two attempts at total consolidation and our differences on saving buildings at Gaslight have gotten the big headlines, our town and village, particularly under supervisors McCoy, Tessier and Flacke, consolidated several services resulting in enormous savings for moth municipalities.
The village abolished our police, justice court, our court clerk, dog warden and assessor posts, and the town now handles all these services.
When the fire department and village offices needed new space, the town leased land to the village and agreed to contribute 50 percent of the cost of contracts with the village for fire protection — and we meet annually on the firefighting budget.
The town contributes $29,000 toward maintenance of the village’s recreation area, and the village leases the town’s land for their recycling center. The town has a sewer district that pumps to the village’s treatment plant, and we share the costs.
The village furnishes the town residents with water. Annually, the town and village agree on funds to support the lake George Community Band, the Lake George Arts Project and the schedule of free fireworks displays. Plus, the village uses the town fuel depot. Imagine if all of the above were duplicated in each municipality!
Encountering only three disagreements in 40 years is a remarkable achievement. Let’s remember all the positive developments that occurred, and not the negative!
Mayor Robert Blais