Swimmers in Lake George will now be able to have a little more freedom, since the Lake George Village Board recently struck down a longstanding prohibition of people in swimsuits walking in the park without covering up with a robe or coat.
As of this spring, people in swimming suits can expose a little more flesh or walk their dog in Shepard Park without risking arrest.
Monday, the Lake George Village Board approved amendments to two ordinances — one allowing kiosks in indoor malls, and the other to modify the local Parks & Recreation ordinance.
The latter law, as it existed to date, prohibited people from wearing bathing suits without covering up with a robe or coat in Shepard Park, and banned animals there.
As amended, people won’t have to cover up, and they will be able to bring their domestic animals if they are leashed and their owner cleans up any waste the creatures leave behind.
The law, as now amended, prohibits parking on the lawn except as permitted for a special event. It also bans diving from MacDonald Pier or swimming at times the beach is officially closed.
In other business, the village board:
• Accepted the resignation of Patty Kirkpatrick from the village Planning Board and Virginia Henry from the village Zoning Board of Appeals, each due to family reasons. Blais urged that local citizens to apply for the two positions.
• Voted to increase the cost of accepting sewage from haulers from $45 per 1,000 gallons during working hours to $50, and from $65 to a new rate of $70 after hours.
• Postponed a decision on contracting with Mannix Marketing to develop and manage the village’s www.lakegerogevillage.com website.
• Approved bankrolling the construction of three-dimensional models of the village’s downtown so the public can fully comprehend potential impact on the streetscape of buildings taller than three stories.
• Approved a permit for an East Coast Snowcross snowmobile event to be held in the Charles Wood Park, but tabled the request from event promoter Sean Quirk for related Occupancy Tax funding.
• Heard that Ivano LaRegina was interested in buying village-owned land just south of his idle eatery, Luigi’s Restaurant. Blais said LaRegina is seeking adjacent land to potentially accommodate development of a motel on the restaurant site.
• Endorsed a proclamation declaring Nov. 25 through Dec. 2 as “Lemon Peel Week” in the village, honoring Theresa and John Case of Lemon Peel Lounge on Dieskau St. on their decades-long tenure as proprietors of the tavern.
• Approved the temporary erection of whimsical inflatable Santas at 47 Canada St..
•Announced that nominations are now being sought for Citizen of the Year.
• Revealed that the annual “Lite Up the Village” fest from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Shepard Park features a new attraction this year: town board members and village board members singing an introductory carol together.