Advice for Lake George officials, residents

To the Adirondack Journal:

I have a few thoughts that I’d like to share with the new town board as well as the community — both residents and businesses.

From my perspective, we are all now in a healing process. To heal, we must be positive.

• I ask that this entire town board be wise in their actions and decisions.

• Do not be too rapid in decision-making; however, do not procrastinate;

• Listen and respond to the community, not hidden agendas;

• Communication is a two-way street. Implement ways to communicate with the entire community and not just special interests. This involves factual information out and honest feedback in.

• You will not always agree, but agree to work in a positive manner toward consensus or compromise. Agree to disagree graciously.

I also ask that the entire community of Lake George:

• Commit to your civic duty! Attend meetings at both town and county levels in order to stay alert, aware and informed.

• Ask questions and give feedback to our elected officials.

• Be respectful and honest — do not push a hidden agenda.

• Consider serving on local boards, like planning and zoning, or on a committee.

• Volunteer in your community, be it the local library, school, fire co. or auxiliary, historical society or museum, or as a senior citizen driver, or through a local Rotary Club. It takes a community to keep our volunteer services strong.

We must all think toward the future, not just the immediate future, but future generations. We must all do our share to bring the lake as well as the town back to health!

Joanne Gavin

Lake George

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