LAKE GEORGE - If you host a garage sale this summer and plan on posting flyers all over the village to promote it, the village has a new response: "Fuggedaboutit!"
The Lake George Village Board passed a new ordinance Monday to limit the number of garage sale postings to six, with the restriction that they not be left up for more than seven days, and must be taken down within 24 hours of the sale's conclusion.
Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said the ordinance would reduce the unnecessary clutter of homemade signs on telephone poles and elsewhere in the village.
"We had to take action," he said. "Some people were plastering garage sale signs all over the village."
The board also officially designated Blais Park as an official park, in part to discourage the possibility of an adult retail store from locating nearby, as an existing ordinance prohibits such enterprises from locating 500 feet from schools, churches and parks.
Also, the village board heard that a plan to merge the town and village municipalities is further ahead than anticipated.
Fairweather Consulting has finished a draft plan and it was to be reviewed Thursday by the inter-municipal Consolidation Committee.
Blais predicted the consolidation plan would be ready by the March 7 deadline, so it could go before the voters March 18 in the village election.
The board approved a plan to appraise a plot of village-owned property on the shore of Lake George near Tahoe Motel. The members of the Hill Drive Homeowners Association are interested in buying the plot, about 100 feet square, which once hosted a village water dept. pumping station, but now is primarily vacant, except for a picnic table.
The Homeowners' Association is now paying $4,000 per year for a 10-year lease, but they are now seeking to purchase the property, which is likely to have substantial value, Blais said.
Board member Marisa Muratori expressed concern that the land be properly preserved and that existing stormwater problems be abated.
"We have a responsibility to protect lake quality," she said, suggesting that stormwater problems be solved before a sale. "Also, we need assurance that the buyer take the stewardship of the land further."
Citizen Patricia Dow warned the board that the village planning board was considering banning A-frame signs that direct pedestrians on Canada Street toward businesses and attractions located on the side streets.
Blais noted that the signs were vital in advertising the enterprises off the beaten path, and ordinances were in place to regulate them."Our policies have worked," he said.
The board also considered a request to add a spouse of former judge Wade Earl to a village-funded health insurance policy. Board members decided to formalize a policy for all spouses seeking to obtain coverage, although they may have waived coverage in prior years.
A request from the Lake George Winter Carnival Committee to have bonfires at Shepard Park beach during the 2009 event was approved by the board.
Change orders in the construction of the village firehouse were approved. A decrease of $10,000 was approved after the village chose a less expensive but more aesthetically pleasing variety of stone for the facade. Other changes were made, reflecting both savings and new expenditures. One of the latter includes an increase of $4,014 for a thermal barrier covering exposed foam insulation above the dropped ceiling.
The board also decided to reject an initial offer from Time-Warner Cable to pay $4,000 annually for the local cable television franchise over a 10-year contract. Board members decided they wanted a higher payment and a contract that only lasted several years.