Those wanting to learn more about the new boat washing program on Lake George can visit a new website created through the Lake George Park Commission.
The website (LGboatinspections.com) is one of a variety of topics discussed during the commission’s April 18 meeting at the Lake George Town Hall.
“It is a site that is solely dedicated as an outreach piece to give people the information that they need,” Commission Executive Director David Wick said. “Emily DeBolt from the Lake George Association and the Governor’s Office helped create the site. It will be constantly updated as things come up and people will be able to get their boat stickers from the site.”
As far as the physical implementation of the six inspection sites, Wick said all sites were being prepared for May.
“All of the sites will be up and running for the start of the season,” he said.
Along with preparing the sites is staffing. Wick told members of the Commission they had interviewed between 80 and 100 people for the position in their first week of finding.
“Two weeks ago we put it out that we were going to be looking for people to work at five of the sites,” Wick said. “In the last week, we have been interviewing in 10-minute intervals and have seen a lot of quality candidates.”
The five sites the Commission will staff are located at Mossy Point Public Boat Launch in Ticonderoga, Roger’s Rock Public campground and Boatlaunch in Hague, Norowal Marina in Bolton Landing, Dunham’s Bay Dock and Launch in Queensbury and the Lake George Inspection Station in Lake George.
A sixth site, located at the Huletts Landing Marina, will be privately contracted. The other five sites will be staffed through Heber Staffing and the Commission.
Along with the washing sites, Wick said the Commission has sent out 86 private launch agreements along with agreements with local marinas.
“We have about 20 of the private launch agreements back so far,” Wick said. “We have the other 66-plus to get back by May 15. Everyone so far has been very receptive.”
One issue brought up was how the new boat washing policies and station would mesh with the several fishing tournaments that would be taking place on the lake in the summer when fishermen arrive as early as 4 a.m. to put their boats in the water.
“We have tried to make it clear to the tournament directors to have their fishermen show up early and we will start as early as 3 a.m. for tournament days,” Wick said. “I think that we are doing everything that we can to make the systems work for both sides, but it is going to be a work in progress. They know what the rules are and we are going to be as possible. We want to make it work.”
The next Lake George Park Commission meeting will be held Friday, May 30, 2 p.m. at the Bolton Town Hall.