BEATING THE HEAT: Finding relief from the high temperatures Friday June 22, a child performs a flip into the cool waters of Queensbury’s Gurney Lane swimming pool. In Lake George, talk has surfaced about having the village government develop a swimming pool as the town of Queensbury did years ago at their Gurney Lane recreational complex.
Constructing a community swimming pool has been proposed, Lake George Village Board members revealed at a meeting June 18.
Village Trustee Ray Perry said that Dan Cracco, who serves on the Lake George Board of Education, has proposed that the village build a swimming pool on their recreation center property off Transfer Road.
“There’s interest in a community pool —for recreation and swimming lessons,” Perry said, adding that building a pool at the recreation complex would increase use of the property. He said that he’d toured the recreation fields with Cracco, and there was apparently ample space to locate it there.
Perry said that Cracco proposed garnering donations for the pool, rather than building it at taxpayer expense.
At the meeting, Village Mayor Robert Blais raised an eyebrow. Sporting a smile, he looked at Perry.
“We’ve got a great pool — 32 miles long,” he quipped, referring to the lake. Blais, however, joined the discussion weighing a pool’s potential use and feasibility.
In other business, the village board unanimously passed a resolution to prohibit covering up store windows or doorways for more than 48 hours without a special permit. The ban was enacted in an effort to make the village look more prosperous.
This last winter and spring, various store windows have been covered up with brown paper or plywood, which trustees said gives visitors a negative impression.
In other business, the village board:
• Accepted the resignation of Assistant Water Treatment Plant operator Ernest Bosford — who seeks to retire — and granted him two weeks’ severance pay in light of his 14 years of valued service;
• Approved a contract with developer Dave Kenny in a joint parking lot venture at Amherst St. just west of Canada St.. The village is to collect parking fees from the 90-space municipal lot and keep 40 percent, while Kenny, the owner, receives 60 percent — The contract is for one year and grants the village the right to renew for two more years;
• Approved a proposal to extend an opportunity for all village employees, and not just sewer plant workers, to obtain hepatitis B inoculations.
•Heard that parked delivery trucks and store workers’ cars continue to block Iroquois Street behind Capri Pizza and make the alley impassable to other vehicles, and that police are now ticketing the offending cars;
•Proposed that the local Oktoberfest event be moved from its former site on Beach Road to a tent next to the village Visitors Center, or onto Montcalm St. between Canada St. and Ottawa St.;
•Heard that Aaron Furman of Warrensburg had donated $100 to purchase safety vests for foreign workers to wear as they walk to work to prevent them from being hit and injured by motorists — but that only one foreign worker so far has requested a safety vest;
• Received praise from District Attorney Kate Hogan for the village’s decision to release the names of young offenders to newspapers for publication — as a crime deterrent;
•Turned down a request by the Lake George Fire Department to commit $3,000 towards the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association for their 2012 parade in South Glens Falls — on the basis that it wasn’t boosting business in Lake George;
•Passed a motion recommending to the village Planning Board that if an enterprise wants to merely change the letters on an existing sign while retaining the same typestyle and color, they may do so without prompting board review;
• Entertained the idea of selling the Internet address of lakegeorgevillage.com to Mannix Marketing for $600 or so;
•Considered a proposal to award a contract to Jaeger and Flynn Co. to conduct a complete review of the village’s employee handbook and make recommendations for changes; and
•Approved applying for a grant to bankroll streetscape improvements along Canada St. from Amherst St. north to Marine Village Motel — accomplishing this portion primarily with village employee labor — and seeking grant funding for similar streetscape improvements from McGillis Ave. south to the village line. The improvements would include new sidewalks, curbing, brick pavers, trees, and landscaping.