The leaders of the two local governmental entities will be holding a rare joint meeting this afternoon and a half-dozen issues -- some controversial and others unresolved for many years -- are to be discussed.
The meeting is to be held at 5 p.m. Monday July 23 in the Lake George Town Center.
Topping the agenda is the shared ownership of the Charles Wood Park. The town of Lake George has been seeking to buy back partial ownership of the park, and the ratio of ownership by the county, village and town is still in dispute.
As recently as last month, the three governments casually agreed to a plan of one-third ownership for each. But during the last several weeks, the village has backed off the concept, with an eye on retaining a majority share -- or at least a larger share than held by the town.
Also on the agenda is discussion of shared services -- as part of an effort to save taxpayer money.
Discussion is expected on the potential consolidation of the town and village code enforcement offices.
The agenda also includes the potential sale of the village land now hosting the town trash transfer station -- a matter that has been unresolved for a half-dozen years. Local officials have said that since a lease recently expired, there is now urgency to reaching a resolution.
Contracts for fire protection and a dock lease are also to be discussed. The dock in question is located behind the historic county courthouse. The village recently replaced the docks -- used by non-profit groups and governmental agencies -- but the plot underneath is owned by the town.
The village is also seeking to secure a commitment from town leaders on the sum they will be paying for the village's special event programming, whether it's Musical Magical Mondays, fireworks, or concerts.
The town and village have also sought coordination on funding new events with Occupancy Tax receipts. In the past, communication between the two entities on the merits and viability of the events has been inadequate, local leaders have said. The lack of coordination has hampered decisions on which events to fund, and how much. Town and village leaders have proposed jointly evaluating the occupancy tax funding requests.
Discussion at the meeting is also scheduled on funding the construction of the proposed skateboard park. The village has contributed $20,000, and Mayor Robert Blais is seeking for the town to contribute $10,000.
Also on the agenda is discussion concerning shared costs of the village's decision to pursue upgrades to its sewer plant totaling $900,000 or so. Last week the village voted to hire Chazen Engineering for $88,760 to devise a solution to its problem with excess nitrates in its effluent. The impact of this project -- as well as a proposed downtown hotel -- on the town's payments to the village for sewer treatment are likely to be discussed.