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Lake George Business Improvement District goes to public hearing

A plan to form a Business Improvement District, incorporating properties in Lake George Village’s central commercial zones, is to go to a public hearing Monday Oct. 7. Endorsed by the village board Monday Sept. 16, the plan calls for levying a tax of 61 cents per thousand in valuation on properties in the district.

A plan to form a Business Improvement District, incorporating properties in Lake George Village’s central commercial zones, is to go to a public hearing Monday Oct. 7. Endorsed by the village board Monday Sept. 16, the plan calls for levying a tax of 61 cents per thousand in valuation on properties in the district. Photo by Thom Randall.

— In other business, the village board:

• scheduled public hearings for 7 p.m. Oct. 27 on amending two local laws, including restrictions on commercial signs. The changes would prohibit business owners from having more than one A-frame sign outdoors, and the other would limit outdoor cafes to one menu board — and requiring plantings on such patios.

• approved spending $1,500 in Bed Tax funds for Lake George Oktoberfest, to be held on Canada Street Oct. 11 through Oct. 13. The festival was highly successful in its 2012 debut, with thousands attracted for German food and music, locally brewed beers, children’s games and a craft fair. The village’s main roadway, Canada St., was closed down for the event.

• endorsed the appointment of four new members to the village Fire Department: Benjamin Sahler, Doni Smith, Scott Smith and Justin Edwards.

• heard that bids for the $2.1 million project to upgrade the village sewer treatment plant are due Oct. 4.

• approved hiring Michael Harrington of Argyle to work full time at the sewer treatment plant at a rate of $15 for an initial training period of three months, with the expectation for the salary to be raised to $18 per hour thereafter. Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington, not a relative of the Argyle man, said the new hire was “extremely knowledgeable” about plant equipment.

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