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A crowd of revelers jam the shared parking lot of Duffy’s Tavern and Bella’s Deli off Amherst St. in Lake George during this years Sham Rock the Block celebration held March 17. The venue, to be enclosed with a fence, is to be utilized from Wednesday June 6 through Saturday June 9 daily from noon to 9 p.m. for a new Bikes & Barbecue event to be held in conjunction with the Americade motorcycle rally — which annually attracts as many as 50,000 to Lake George Village.
Although there’s a lot of action occurring in Lake George during Americade’s annual week-long reign in Lake George Village, the roster of events just got more crowded.
Monday May 21, the village board approved a four-day “Bikes & Barbecue” enterprise to be held during Americade in the parking lot serving Duffy’s Tavern and Bella’s Deli. The Americade motorcycle rally annually attracts as many as 50,000 people to Lake George.
Event organizer Linda Duffy said that Bikes & Barbecue would be held daily on Wednesday June 6 through Saturday June 9 — the final four days of Americade 2012.
The four daily outdoor events, set for noon to 9 p.m., are to feature live music, food and beer.
The board unanimously approved the concept after hearing that the area for the barbecue would be fenced in, and participants wouldn’t be able to take alcoholic beverages onto nearby public sidewalks. Duffy predicted the event would be popular, particularly because a local beer distributor would be conducting the giveaway of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle in conjunction with the venue.
Other events approved this week by the village board were the annual Lake George tow truck show — to be held June 1 through 3 at the Fort William Henry Resort, and St. James Episcopal Church’s Hot Rod Happening on July 28 and 29 in the Beach Road parking lot. The church is renting to lot from the Village, but the board voted to award the church a $1,000 grant of village Occupancy tax funds.
The Lake George Music Festival, which draws hundreds of people from across the nation, also received a $1,000 grant.
The board also voted to allow Amanda’s House charity to park cars, as a fundraiser, in the OTB parking lot during both the Adirondack Nationals Car Show and Americade rally.
Village Mayor Robert Blais noted that the village is now hosting so many events that one is held every summer weekend — which may prompt scheduling problems for municipal venues.
In other business, Blais said that a proposal for municipal insurance received from the McPhillips Agency reflected a 6 percent decrease in premiums, half of which was offset by an increase in coverage limits due to increases in property valuations.
Skateboard park being designed
Also, the village trustees heard from Blais that the planned Village skateboard park was moving forward after a successful fundraiser and a productive meeting between professional skateboard park designers, local officials and area skateboard enthusiasts. Blais said that a recent benefit golf tournament at Cronin’s Golf Course had raised $4,000 — the best sum in years.
He said that the village was contributing $50,000 to the skateboard park development, which is estimated to cost $150,000, and the town was to contribute $10,000.
Blais said he expected the park to be designed over the next several weeks, with bids to be solicited late this summer, and construction to begin as early as this fall.
Also, Blais reported that two tourists got locked into the village Visitors Center on May 21 after closing time, and police had to rescue them from their imprisonment.
Blais also reported the village had experienced a problem this week in the sewer pump station at Shepard Park. A valve on a defective pump was cracked and leaking, and had to be replaced. He said that two sewage tank trucks were then on duty, “babysitting” the pump station to prevent a mass sewage leak similar to a 2009 incident when thousands of gallons of sewage leaked into the lake due to a burst pipe and a malfunctioning backup system.
Tuesday May 22, Village Clerk Darlene Gunther reported that a new valve had been installed and the sewer pump station was restored to good working order.
A meeting of the board to resolve fiscal year-end finances was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29.