Lake George Park Commission

Meeting #326

  27 September 2004

Fort William Henery Conference Center

Lake George, NY


PRESIDING:                Bruce E. Young, Chair


COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:    Margaret M. Stewart
                        Anthony P. Reale
                        John C. McDonald, Jr.
                        Joan A. Robertson
                        John Pettica, Jr.
                        Shauna M. DeSantis
                        (Erin M. Crotty, DEC Commissioner)
                         Thomas W. Hall, representing


COMMISSION MEMBERS ABSENT:    Roger H. Phinney
                        Thomas K. Conerty


COMMISSION COUNSEL:        Martin D. Auffredou



COMMISSION STAFF PRESENT:    Michael P. White, Executive Director
                        Kathleen Ledingham, Secretary II
                        Roger Smith, Conservation Operations Supervisor I    
                        Molly Gallagher, Environmental Analyst I
                        Keith G. Fish, Operations Director
                        J. Thomas Wardell, Senior Sanitary Engineer
                        Peggy Sturtevant, Principal Account Clerk


DEC STAFF PRESENT:            Ron Montesi


OTHERS PRESENT:

                              Anthony Hall                      Robert Holmes                Tom Jarrett
Judith Tate                    Matt Fuller                    Mirian Healy
Mary Alice Leary                Alia Fahlborg                Eric Fahlborg
G. Albert Finke                Norma M. Finke                Charles Gerwig
June Gerwig                    Chris Navitsky                John Barber
Dana Berntson                Mary Arthur Beebe Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Meeting

The 326th meeting of the Lake George Park Commission was called to order by
Chairman Young at 10:00 a.m. and the roll was taken.  

Mr. Young said that the minutes of the previous meeting were distributed in advance of
this meeting to Commission members for their review.  He asked if there were any
corrections or discussion.

Upon the motion of Maggie Stewart, seconded by Joan Robertson, all Commission
members present voted affirmatively to approve the minutes of Meeting #325 as
submitted.

Commission members and staff introduced themselves in response to a request made
by Judith Tate, a resident from the Town of Bolton.


Item #2 - Project Review - Public Comments on Pending Applications:  
          Maggie Stewart

Chairman Young explained Project Review procedures.  He said that Project Review is
conducted in two sessions.  The first session is when the actual projects are presented.
He said that this portion of the meeting is the time for people who want to make
statements for or against a project to speak.  He said that the second session of Project
Review is when the Board actually examines the project.  He said that the only further
input from the public in the second session would be if a clarification on a point is
needed.


Matter of Variance Request for Wharf Construction submitted by Harry N. Wolkin
Trust, Town of Bolton, County of Warren - #5220-15-04, #5220-16-04 and #5220-
17-04

Molly Gallagher introduced this project.  She said that the project is to remove an
existing wharf and replace it with a 36' wide, 40' long U-shaped wharf with a closed
sided boatcover/sundeck and supporting timber cribs.  She said that there is 120 feet of
lakefrontage and that the project is located in the Town of Bolton.  She asked members
if they received the last minute mailing of a variance request form and three comment
letters.  She said that she also distributed an additional comment letter to members
today.

Ms. Gallagher said that Joan Robertson, Maggie Stewart and herself went on a site visit
to the property.  She said that the Wolkin Trust is asking for a variance from the sideline
setback on the north side of their property.  

Mr. Robert Holmes of Jarrett-Martin Engineers, representing the applicant, addressed
Commission members.  He said that the application before the Commission is for a
dock and boathouse and that after a review by the Queens (applicant) of the comment
letters received, they have requested that only the dock be considered today.  He said
that the Queens will further review and consider the visibility issues and other concerns
that have been raised by the neighbors.  

Mr. Holmes asked the Commission to consider only the removal of the existing dock
and its replacement by a new dock.  “The rotation of the dock will be rotated slightly to
the south to help improve the navigation in and out to rotate it away from the swimming
area that the Juliana presently has on their property to the north,” he said.  He asked
the Commission to consider granting a setback of 9' 4" which would be a relief of 10' 8"
from the 20 foot setback.  He said that a mooring is also being requested to berth a
personal watercraft but that it is not part of the variance.  “There is an existing mooring
but due to the location they have asked that it be relocated,” he said.

Maggie Stewart asked how the jet ski would be accessed.

Mr. Holmes said that he believes the applicants have a small canoe or kayak that is
approximately the same length.

Ms. Stewart said that the swing of the mooring would have to be addressed so that it
does not swing into someone else’s right-of-way..

Martin Auffredou asked Mr. Holmes if he was asking the Commission to consider only
the dock today.

Mr. Holmes said yes.  “We are asking that the Commission consider only the dock
itself.  In light of concerns over visibility, the Queens would potentially at a future date
come back for a variance request for a boathouse in which they would address the
aesthetics and the visibility concerns that have been raised,” he said.

Mr. Auffredou advised Commission members that the dock can be considered
separately from the boathouse today.  

Tom Hall said that it is his understanding that there is a proposed change in the
orientation of the dock.

Mr. Holmes referred to the plan before the members today and said that the existing
single stake dock runs perpendicular to the existing concrete seawall and that the
orientation forces the navigation a little bit closer to the northern property line.  “The
proposed dock will be rotated counterclockwise to the south in which we should be
moving more in a perpendicular direction to the overall shoreline itself,” he said.

Mr. Hall said that there is then no change in the current plan before the Commission.

Mr. Holmes said that the plan view as it was submitted will not change.

Mr. Young stated for the record that the application for a boathouse is therefore
withdrawn. “The Commission will consider only a U-shaped dock today,” he said.

Mr. Young asked commentors to confine their comments to a dock only.

Mr. Matthew Fuller of Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth, said that he is representing Judith
Tate an adjoining landowner to the Wolkin Trust.  He asked the Commission to
consider requiring new visual impact plans with the boathouse removed.  “Obviously,
we’ve had the chance to review plans that show what the visual impact would be of the
entire boathouse from just the Juliana property.  I would ask that plans be submitted
showing just the dock so we can evaluate the visual impact og that and provide
comment on that,” he said.  He said that this is a different consideration now.  He
requested that visual impact plans be submitted from both the north and the south so
that all the neighbors can have their concerns addressed.

Maggie Stewart asked Mr. Holmes if he was talking about a U-shaped dock with no roof
on it.

Mr. Holmes said that there would be no roof on it but that there probably would be
some stakes and bumpers for mooring purposes.

Mr. Auffredou asked if the stakes would be intended to be structural for a roof.

Mr. Holmes said that they would not.

Alia Fahlborg, adjoining neighbor and in opposition to the project, addressed
Commission members.  She said that she and her husband purchased the Juliana
Motel in January of this year.   “We are obviously very concerned about the dock as
well as the boathouse structure,” she said.  She said that the way the shoreline is
shaped, the properties tilt a bit towards each other and that their swimming area and
the existing dock is very tight.  “When they pull their boats in and out, they are right up
against our swim lines which we moved to try to show some respect to them and try to
open it up a little bit,” she said.  

Ms. Fahlborg said that their concern is not only that the boathouse would obstruct their
view and business, but that they are also concerned with the safety of the swimming
area.  She said that this may be the first stage for an approval of a boathouse on top of
the dock.  

Eric Fahlborg said that the Juliana Motel has been a resort for over 40 years and that
swimmers are out there all the time.  He said that the applications want to have
numerous boats.  He said that when the applicants purchased the property, they were
aware of the amount of shoreline on the property.  He said that he was concerned that
the applicants would have an easier time building a boathouse once a dock is
approved.

Chairman Young said that it never becomes easier to build a boathouse just because
there is a dock at the location.

Mr. Holmes said that the dock will be located 20 feet to the south of the projection of
the property line.  “It is only going to be from the perpendicular projection of the
shoreline of which we are seeking the relief,” he said.

Judith Tate, an adjoining neighbor, addressed Commission members.  She referred to
a map of the boathouse which suggests a measurement of 8.5± feet from the corner of
the property.  She said that the measurements that she took yesterday measured as 3',
9" away from the edge of the property.  She asked who regulated boathouses.

Michael White said that there are no standards for boathouses other than the single
standard for height.  He said that there are standards in the regulations that address all
structures along the shoreline.  He said that prior to the issuance of a permit for a
boathouse, the Commission must ascertain the probable effect of the boathouse on the
natural resources of the Park including audible and visual and impacts on the cultural
and natural features of the Park and make some determinations that a proposed
structure will not have an undue impact.

Albert Finke, property owner north of the Juliana, addressed the Commission.  He said
that the proposal shows that the applicants have turned the proposed dock a little to get
away from the original dock.  “If they turned it another 20°, they would stay clear of the
setback and they wouldn’t need a variance,” he said.

Mr. Holmes said that the 8' 5" measurement taken when the survey was completed was
the distance to the water level.  He said that when the lake rises and falls, that
measurement would have some variation.  He said that the consideration of a 20°
rotation would make the dock very irregular in shape and will decrease the ability of
berthing between the two piers.  He said that there is a large natural ledge on the
property and that the Queen’s desire is to leave it  undisturbed.  “It makes sense for
them to continue to connect the dock to the existing seawall therefore leaving the
natural shoreline undisturbed,” he said.

Chairman Young asked if there were any further comments on this application and
received no response.


Matter of Wharf Modification submitted by Charles Gerwig, Jr., Town of Putnam,
County of Washington - 5346-19-04

This application is to modify a permit issued in 1995 which restricted berthing on the
approved dock to one motorized boat.  The property is located in Blairs Bay in the Town
of Putnam and there is 27 feet of lakefrontage.

The applicant, Charles Gerwig, asked if there were any questions from Commission
members on his request.

Maggie Stewart asked Mr. Gerwig if he read the restriction in the Commission’s
decision in 1995 regarding the limitation of one motorized boat.  She said that there is
no restriction about non-motorized boats in the decision.  She said that Mrs. Gerwig
wants to purchase a boat with a motor as a second boat.

Mr. Gerwig said that the original Adirondack Park Agency approval was for two
motorized vehicles on a 40 foot dock.  He said that he took a measurement after a
storm did damage to his dock and requested that the dock be extended 20 feet for the
deeper water.  He said that he is requesting two motorized vessels on his 60 foot dock.

Joan Robertson said that a small non-motorized boat would not be a problem.

Maggie Stewart said that she is concerned with congestion, safety and quite a few other
variables.

Molly Gallagher asked Mr. Gerwig what the length of his existing boat is and also the
length of the proposed boat.

Mr. Gerwig said that the existing boat is 18 feet and that the proposed boat would be
approximately 16 feet.

Maggie Stewart said that she does not see a hardship.

Mr. Auffredou said that some time ago there was a Commission approval which was
conditioned on one motorized vessel.  He said that there is something in the record that
allows one non-motorized vessel in addition to the one motorized vessel.  He said that
there were circumstances presented at that particular time which led the Commission to
make the decision of one motorized vessel.  He said that the Commission members
have to decide if the conditions that were present in 1995 are still a concern.  He asked
Mr. Gerwig if anything has changed since the prior approval that would make
Commission members no longer concerned about the continuation of the condition of
one motorized vessel.

Mr. Gerwig said that if he had not extended the dock, he could have two vessels there.

Mr. Auffredou said that the condition of the approval of that variance was a limitation to
one motorized vessel.  He said that the Commission members should consider whether
that condition should be lifted in its entirety or modified.

Mr. Gerwig said that the dock has been there for 23 years and that he is not leasing
space.  He said that he would like to keep two motorized vessels at his dock.

Chairman Young asked if there were any other comments on the application.  There
were none.


Item #3 - Fiscal Actions Report:  Peggy Sturtevant

Mr. Young said that the report on fiscal affairs for the month of August 2004 prepared
by Peggy Sturtevant was distributed in advance of the meeting.  He asked if there were
any questions or additions from Commission members.

Upon the motion of John McDonald, seconded by Joan Robertson, all Commission
members present voting affirmatively, the Fiscal Actions Report for the month of August
2004 was accepted as submitted.

Mr. White referred to a memo previously sent to Commission members.  He said that
Michelle Way has been employed with the Commission for approximately 1 ½ years
and is contracted through Heber Associates.  He said that Ms. Way works without the
benefit of any kind of fringe benefits, holiday pay, leave, and etc.  He said that in
recognition of Ms. Way’s performance and future performance, he would like to offer
some sort of compensation.

John Pettica read and moved to approve resolution 2004-53 which was seconded by
Shauna DeSantis.

          WHEREAS   the Lake George Park Commission employs an assistant through a private employment agency to perform
          various duties in the registration and data entry of dock and boat registrations, and

          WHEREAS   his employee has been continuously employed by the Commission for over one year, and

          WHEREAS   this employee has been a valuable addition to the office staff and environment, and

          WHEREAS   the employment agency does not compensate employees for legal holidays, and

          WHEREAS   the Commission wishes to compensate this employee in lieu of any other compensation.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake George Park Commission authorizes the Executive Director to direct
payment be made to Michelle Way for 7 ½ hours daily work at the rate of $13.92 per hour for the 2005 Memorial Day, 4th of July
and Labor Day holidays, totaling $313.20.

The motion on the floor, all Commission members present voted affirmatively.


Item #4 - Project Review:  Resolutions

Resolution 2004-50Project Review Report

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve Resolution 2004-50 which directs that the
Project Review Report be incorporated in full in the minutes of the full Commission
meeting.  The motion was seconded by Joan Robertson and all members present voted
affirmatively.

Chairman Young further explained Project Review procedures.  He said that there are
usually two resolutions written for each project – one that approves the project and one
that denies the project.


Resolution 2004-52 - Harry N. Wolkin Trust

Martin Auffredou asked if the members felt that there was a need to revisit this new
application to give the public an opportunity to review the U-shaped dock without a
boathouse.  He said that there was a request for some additional information from one
of the neighbors.  He said that members need to go through the standards for a
variance of finding unique and peculiar conditions and a showing of hardship.  He said
that he reviewed a letter from a real estate agent which stated that the value of the
property would increase by at least $150,000 with a boathouse.  He said that this is not
a test for hardship and that the Commission has been through this many times before.
“You need to ask yourselves whether or not there are unique and peculiar conditions
here and if you find those, whether or not there is that unnecessary hardship,” he said.

Chairman Young said that it is the Commission’s prerogative whether to hear this issue
today.  He said that there would be a lot of changes to make including the resolution
and asked members how they felt about this.

Joan Robertson said that the only change she sees is that the applicants are not putting
a boathouse in.  She said that the dock will still be located in the same place.  “I think
we should at least talk about the variance,” she said.

Maggie Stewart said that her first thought during the site visit was that nothing should
change.  She said that they can have a U-shaped dock with the amount of frontage
they have if they place the dock elsewhere.  “It is a beautiful rock ledge, but they also
want to erase that view with a boathouse,” she said.

Tony Reale asked if the applicants need a U-shaped dock.

Maggie Stewart said that the applicants are going to have a lot of boats and they also
feel the need to cover a wooden boat with a top.  “Sometimes you just have to go with
what the land will allow you to do,” she said.  A discussion followed.

Joan Robertson said that the shallow cove is not unique.  “I don’t think the rock ledge is
unique,” she said.

Maggie Stewart said that the Project Review Committee did not feel that there was any
kind of a hardship.

John McDonald said said that he would like to see the application in isolation.

Shauna DeSantis agreed with Mr. McDonald.  She added that she is concerned with
the safety of the swimming area.

Tony Reale agreed with Commissioners McDonald and DeSantis.

John Pettica said that he is very concerned with the swimming area and the close
proximity of the dock.  He said that he would like to see a visual analysis.

Maggie Stewart said that this project is located in an area where no one has a dock with
a roof.

Mr. Young said that he has never been willing to ignore neighbor’s rights.  He said that
to grant a variance which infringes on a neighbor’s rights requires a pretty compelling
reason.  “I would be totally adverse to granting a variance which would be infringing
upon a neighbor’s rights when there is an alternative, albeit not their first choice, to put
the dock in a different position,” he said.

Tom Hall said that the request is pretty straightforward.  He said that he does not feel
that the applicants have met the test.  He said that he is willing to vote on the
application today.

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve Resolution 2004-51 which was seconded
by Joan Robertson:

          WHEREAS   the Lake George Park Commission has reviewed the applications, supporting documents, comments
          received and other information which appears in the record; and

          WHEREAS   the Commission has made a determination pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-3.6 and the State Environmental
          Quality Review Act 6NYCRR 617.5 that the project is a Type II action and does not require further review of
          potential environmental impacts pursuant to this act; and

          WHEREAS   the action is considered to be a Minor project pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-5.3 and public notice has been
          published and distributed; and

          WHEREAS   the applicant has applied for a permit to remove an existing wharf and construct a new U-shaped wharf ; and

          WHEREAS   the applicant has requested variance from 6 NYCRR 646-1.1(c):
        
                    (11) Every dock or wharf constructed shall have a minimum setback of twenty feet from the adjacent property
          line extended into the lake on the same axis as the property line runs onshore where it meets the lake, or at a
          right angle to the mean high-water mark, whichever results in the greater setback.  This provision shall
          control over the provisions of section 646-1.6 (k) of this Subpart.; and

          WHEREAS   the applicant has not demonstrated that strict conformance with the regulations will cause unnecessary
          hardship due to unique and peculiar circumstances which impose substantial financial, technical and safety
          burdens.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
                    The Lake George Park Commission hereby denies the request for variance and directs staff to offer the
          applicant an opportunity to request a public hearing.

The motion on the floor, Commission members present voted as follows:

AYES:    Stewart, Robertson, Young, Pettica, Hall, DeSantis, Reale, McDonald

Chairman Young advised Mr. Holmes that the applicants can still make an application
for a U-shaped dock that does not require a variance.  He also said that the applicants
can appeal the decision.


Resolution 2004-52 - Charles Gerwig, Jr.

Maggie Stewart said that the motorized boat at the Gerwig dock is too big for Mrs.
Gerwig to run herself.  “I don’t think we can go back to 1995 and say we were wrong
then,” she said.  A discussion followed on the number of docks and amount of
lakefrontage in the area.

Ms. Stewart said that her concerns are still safety and congestion in having so many
boats on such a small piece of land.  “If somebody came before us asking for a 40 foot
dock on 27 feet of lakefrontage now, I would think they would be hard put to get it,” she
said.  

Mr. Auffredou said that the members should consider if there is still a rationale basis to
continue to impose the condition of one motorized vessel that was arrived at in 1995.
“Is there anything that’s different now in 2004 which would cause you to look at this and
say perhaps we no longer need the condition we imposed in 1995,” he said.  “If you say
no to this application, you are reaffirming your 1995 decision,” he said.

June Gerwig said that she believes that when the original determination was made,
there was presumed worry about safety or congestion or the fact that there would be
too many boats there.  She said that this has not materialized.  She said that there
really is no safety factor involved.  She distributed a picture.  “I bet I can count on one
hand how many times more than two boats have been out of this whole area at one
time,” she said.  She said that what was presumed in 1995 is not a problem.

Maggie Stewart said that if the applicant receives permission to have two motorized
boats, the two docks in the middle which are shorter will want to extend their docks and
have the same consideration in the number of boats.  She said that there is also a dock
on the end which only has one motorized boat.

Mrs. Gerwig spoke again and said that it still would not change how many boats are
going out there at any one time.

The Chair thanked Mrs. Gerwig for her comments and said that this portion of the
meeting is a discussion among Commission members.

Commission members were individually polled.  No one was in favor of granting an
additional motorized boat.

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve Resolution 2004-52 which was seconded
by Joan Robertson.

          WHEREAS   the Lake George Park Commission has reviewed the applications, supporting documents, comments
          received and other information which appears in the record; and

          WHEREAS   the Commission has made a determination pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-3.6 and the State Environmental
          Quality Review Act 6NYCRR 617.5 that the project is a Type II action and does not require further review of
          potential environmental impacts pursuant to this act; and

          WHEREAS   the action is considered to be a Minor project pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-5.3 and public notice has been
          published and distributed; and

          WHEREAS   the applicant has applied to modify permit #5346-5-95 to allow the berthing of two vessels on a previously
          approved, non-conforming wharf; and

          WHEREAS   the Commission finds that the applicant has failed to show good cause for the revocation of the special
          condition imposed when the dock extension was approved; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED  the Commission finds that there is no reason to change the  decision made in (1995  
                    Resolution 95-43 -  meeting #222 held September 12, 1995) and reaffirms that decision; and

FURTHER RESOLVES that the Lake George Park Commission hereby denies the application and directs staff to offer the
        applicant an opportunity to request a public hearing.


Mr. Auffredou said that it would be proper for the Commission to reaffirm the previous
Commission decision that was rendered in 1995 (included in the above resolution).

The motion on the floor, Commission members present voted as follows:

AYES:    Stewart, Robertson, Young, Pettica, Hall, DeSantis, Reale, McDonald


Item #5 - Law Enforcement:  Bruce Young

Chairman Young said that there was a Law Enforcement Committee meeting this a.m.
He said that a large portion of the meeting  was held in Executive Session where on-
going enforcement cases were discussed.  He said that no votes were taken in
Executive Session.


Item #6 - Water Based Recreation Plan Update:  Michael P. White

Michael White gave an update on the status of the Water Based Recreation Plan.  He
said that the contracts have been drafted and have been sent to the contractor for
review and signature.  He said that the project is on schedule and that the approvals
are expected to be in place some time in early 2005.


Item #7 - Water Quality Programs Report:  J. Thomas Wardell

Tom Wardell said that he previously sent the September 2004 Stormwater Program
report to Commission members.  

Mr. Wardell reported on the water turbidity at the northern end of Lake George.  The
unexplained turbidness of the water appeared last year.  At that time the Commission
hired Dr. Kenneth Wagner of ENSR International to conduct an investigation and
analysis of the problem.  He said that on September 2nd of this year, Dr. Wagner, Lt.
Schneider and himself investigated the turbidity once again.  He said that this was
within one day of the investigation that was performed last year (September 3rd) by Dr.
Wagner.  He said that Dr. Wagner repeated the exact same experiments at the exact
same sites as last year.  “He (Dr. Wagner) was very surprised to see the recovery of the
vegetation at the bottom of the lake,” he said.  He said that vegetation at the sites last
year ranged from 50 to 75 percent bottom coverage.  This year, he said, the coverage
at all sites was nearly 100 percent.  He said that the clarity last year was 8/10ths of a
meter of secchi transparency.  “This year at all sites we could see the bottom and see
the bottom clearly at depths exceeding 20 feet,” he said.  He distributed a written report
from Dr. Wagner to Commission members (attached).  He said that the conclusions of
the report indicate that the turbidity was caused by lack of plant growth due possibly to
an extreme ice event the year before.

Mr. Wardell said that Dr. Wagner has developed a narrated video of the study which he
hopes to present at the next Commission meeting.  A discussion followed.


Lake Level Reading:

Mr. Wardell reported that the reading at the Rogers Rock gauge is 3.46 today.




Item #8 - Public Comments

Lake George Association

Mary-Arthur Beebe, representing the Lake George Association, reported that a grant in
the amount of $450,000 was recently received from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation
for the continuation of work on stormwater improvement projects.  She said that the
grant also provides quite a lot of money for volunteer water testing of the lake and
tributary streams with adults and school children.  “It also provides some money for our
land use management plan and for moving some of the delta work to another phase to
start some final plans on at least one of the delta removal projects,” she said.  She gave
an update on some of the other projects that the LGA is involved in.

Ron Montesi, Special Assistant to the Commissioner for the Adirondacks, addressed
the Commission.  He thanked the Board and Mr. White for the opportunity to tour some
of the milfoil hot spots on the lake with Lt. Schneider.  He reported on an incident while
on this tour which involved a worker spray-painting a boathouse without any protection
to the paint going into the lake.  He said that the appropriate action was taken

The FUND for Lake George, Inc.

Chris Navitsky, Lake George Waterkeeper, thanked the Commission for the work that
Mr. Wardell performed on the turbidity at the northern end of the Lake.   

Michael White said that the Lake George Watershed Conference is being held
September 27-28 at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George and
said that Commission members are invited to attend.



Item #9 - Adjournment

On the motion of Joan Robertson, seconded by Maggie Stewart, all present voting
affirmatively, the meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m.



                        Respectively submitted,




                        Kathleen Ledingham
                        Commission Secretary


                    Secretary’s Note:   The next Commission meeting is schedule for TUESDAY, October
                    26th, 2004 at the Holiday Inn, Canada Street, Lake George, NY.