Town and village to tackle pressing issues today in rare joint meeting

— The leaders of the two local governmental entities will be holding a rare joint meeting this afternoon and a half-dozen issues -- some controversial and others unresolved for many years -- are to be discussed.

The meeting is to be held at 5 p.m. Monday July 23 in the Lake George Town Center.

Topping the agenda is the shared ownership of the Charles Wood Park. The town of Lake George has been seeking to buy back partial ownership of the park, and the ratio of ownership by the county, village and town is still in dispute.

As recently as last month, the three governments casually agreed to a plan of one-third ownership for each. But during the last several weeks, the village has backed off the concept, with an eye on retaining a majority share -- or at least a larger share than held by the town.

Also on the agenda is discussion of shared services -- as part of an effort to save taxpayer money.

Discussion is expected on the potential consolidation of the town and village code enforcement offices.

The agenda also includes the potential sale of the village land now hosting the town trash transfer station -- a matter that has been unresolved for a half-dozen years. Local officials have said that since a lease recently expired, there is now urgency to reaching a resolution.

Contracts for fire protection and a dock lease are also to be discussed. The dock in question is located behind the historic county courthouse. The village recently replaced the docks -- used by non-profit groups and governmental agencies -- but the plot underneath is owned by the town.

The village is also seeking to secure a commitment from town leaders on the sum they will be paying for the village's special event programming, whether it's Musical Magical Mondays, fireworks, or concerts.

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