The town of Harrietstown approved a new law designed to keep contractor vehicles off a parking area and landing on Upper St. Regis Lake.
Town supervisor Larry Miller said the town received about eight complaints from the public last year that certain contractors were hogging the parking space and blocking the public from accessing the lake. He said shore owners also support the new law.
During a public hearing before the board's vote, one of several contractors attending the meeting expressed concern with the time 15-minute time limit for parking.
"It's not reasonable to back up a lumber truck, move the boom around and unload the timber in 15 minutes," said Saranac Lake contractor Richard Hanpeter.
Miller said the 15-minute time limit was set as a motivator to get contractors to move their vehicles as quickly as possible and after a brief discussion, agreed to keep the 15-minute time limit.
Contractors and builders use the landing to ferry workers and supplies to outlying camps that can only be accessed by water. St. Regis connects to Spitfire Lake, which is also served by the St. Regis landing.
Both lakes are home to a large number of great camps. They typically have numerous outbuildings and elaborate boathouses - all of which feed a short but vibrant season for builders, camp caretakers and seasonal staff.
The new town law would bar contractors and other commercial users from parking on the landing for more than 15 minutes to load or unload supplies and equipment. It would also prohibit commercial users from docking boats on town property for more than 15 minutes.
Anyone found in violation of the parking regulations could be fined as much as $150 or jailed for up to 15 days.