No-smoke policy set for parks
Smoking is now prohibited in town parks, since the Bolton Town Board unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the practice at their February town board meeting.
The smoking ban pertains to Rogers Park, Veterans Park and the Little League complex, and the Conservation Club building. The prohibition at the latter site also calls for a 100-feet smoke free zone around the building.
Other issues raised at the town meeting include:
•Zandy Gabriels expressed concern about the construction of a building on The Sagamore Resort property. He noted that a building with full porch was demolished and is being replaced with another structure without porches. The town planning board should have known that the new structure would be without such important architectural features, he said.
Zandy Gabriels, who lives near the Sagamore on Green Island, added that the closure of The Sagamore during the winter in recent years has substantially reduced the activity at downtown businesses. He observed that former owners of the Sagamore lived on site, but the new owners don't have such an intimate involvement with the community.
He suggested that the town and The Sagamore should establish a closer relationship because the town's livelihood depends on this resort year-round, not just in the summertime.
•The town board approved hiring the L.A. Group to apply for a state Smart Growth planning grant that would focus on hiking trails and other recreational assets in the Lake George area. The grant includes venues in the communities of Hague, and Lake George. The L.A. Group of Saratoga Springs is to be paid $800 for the grant application, with $600 to be reimbursed by participating communities.
The idea is to develop a Trails Master Plan for the Lake George watershed encircling the lake. This will include graphics showing the public trailheads, lake access points, public docking areas, snowmobile trails, links to downtown business districts, trolley stops, and various attractions, including recreational, historic and cultural resources. The project is an economic development initiative that seeks to provide and promote a trail system that will prompt new tourism and boost local communities' commercial activity.
•The town board also heard that a troublesome vandalism crime has been solved. On Jan. 2, many mailboxes were damaged on East Schroon River Road. Bolton Police located a suspect vehicle at a location on New Vermont Road, and Bolton Police Chief James Neumann interviewed the driver, a 19-year-old man who eventually confessed to damaging the mailboxes. The man was arrested for Criminal Mischief and the mailbox owners will be eligible to receive restitution for damages, the board was told.
•Town board member Deanne Rehm was appointed liaison to the Conservation Club , following a request from the facility's advisory board that one be named.
•The town board proposed amendments to the ordinances limiting horsepower of boats operated on Trout Lake. The amendment sets a new fine structure and adds a prohibition to maintaining a boat on the lake. A public hearing on the matter was set for 7 p.m. June 7.
•The board also passed a resolution declining the offer from the Lake George Park Agency that the town act as lead agency for the Asian Clam eradication project.
Day camp signup set for Tuesday
Registration for the Bolton Recreation Department's summer day camp will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the town recreation center.
Questions will be answered from 5:30 to 6 p.m., with registration from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning with Bolton Central students. The day camp is to be held from July 5 through Aug. 19. The fee, which includes seven weeks of activities and all field trips, is $350 per camper.
Those registering should bring their child's health insurance information and a current copy of an immunization record. Payment of $200 is required upon registration and the $150 balance is due June 1. For details, see: www.boltonnewyork.com or call Michelle Huck at: 928-3176.
Bolton Senior activities scheduled
•Wednesday, March 23 - Wii Bowling, 10 a.m. at the Senior Center. Lunch follows at the Hometown Diner.
•Wednesday, March 30 - Presentation titled "Hearing Loss - A Hidden Disability," 10:45 a.m. at the Bolton Senior Center, by Sandie Clark of the Center for Better Hearing.
Reminder: Bolton Residents 50 years of age or older are eligible to attend the Bolton Seniors' meetings and activities.
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