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Historic Lake George courthouse may hold court sessions again

The old Warren County Courthouse, now in use as a historical museum in Lake George Village, is likely to again host court sessions, as the county Municipal Center’s court complex is overburdened, and has been deemed inadequate by state officials. Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said this week that the town will be  upgrading and furnishing the structure to meet state requirements.

The old Warren County Courthouse, now in use as a historical museum in Lake George Village, is likely to again host court sessions, as the county Municipal Center’s court complex is overburdened, and has been deemed inadequate by state officials. Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said this week that the town will be upgrading and furnishing the structure to meet state requirements. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— •Discussed building an addition on the village hall to host the town code enforcement office as well as the village’s. Such a physical consolidation would likely prompt discussion about merging both code enforcement departments, they said.

• Agreed that the town will pay $17,000 toward the weekly concerts, fireworks and programs that the village coordinates and pays more than $80,000 for.

• Committed to hold joint hearings on occupancy tax funding requests from event organizers. The coordinated hearing and single application process is likely to yield more equitable funding of events that boost tourism, they said.

• Agreed that the town will contribute $10,000 toward the proposed Lake George Skateboard Park, set for development in the northwest corner of the Charles Wood Park. The village has contributed $20,000.

• Discussed sharing costs of upgrades to its sewer plant totaling $900,000 or so. Last week the village voted to hire Chazen Engineering for $88,760 to devise a solution to its problem with excess nitrates in its effluent. The impact of this project -- as well as a proposed downtown hotel -- on the town's payments to the village for sewer treatment are likely to be discussed.

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