Village of Lake George, NY
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George 5-20-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Park regulations — See Ch. 148.
Hawking, peddling, auctions and soliciting — See Ch. 157.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 186.
It is the intent of the Village of Lake George, as an exercise of its police power, to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the residents and inhabitants of the Village by enacting this chapter. It is the finding of the Village of Lake George Board of Trustees that the residents, inhabitants, and vacationers to the Village of Lake George enjoy free and unhampered pedestrian travel up and down the sidewalks of the Village of Lake George. It is the finding of the Village of Lake George Board of Trustees to keep pedestrian traffic open and unhampered as a health, safety and welfare benefit to its residents and inhabitants and a desired benefit by those who visit the Village. Therefore, it is the intent of the Village of Lake George to provide designated areas for street performers, on Village property, that do not interfere with pedestrian traffic. The Village of Lake George Board of Trustees has designated areas in Blais Park, Shepherds Park, the lower Montcalm concourse, and the Beach Road sidewalk abutments to accommodate a permitting scheme for street performers and entertainers.
No person shall perform magic, act, sing, dance, play music, act as a mime, juggle or engage in similar entertainments upon the streets, sidewalks or other outdoor public places of the Village of Lake George without first obtaining a license to do so from the Mayor.
[Amended 2-13-2017 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
A. 
Application for such licenses shall be made upon a blank form furnished by the Mayor, signed and verified, giving the name, address and telephone number of the applicant. Said application shall be filed with the Village of Lake George offices and accompanied by a fee of $75.
B. 
Applicants may be required to perform their chosen skills at a time and place so designated by the Mayor in advance of each season.
[Amended 2-13-2017 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
A. 
The license shall be effective from June 1 to Columbus Day of each year.
B. 
It shall contain the name and permit number of the applicant and the date of expiration.
C. 
No such license shall be transferred from one person to another.
All licensees shall be furnished a copy of this chapter, together with a list of areas and places where performances are permitted.
All persons licensed hereunder shall display their licenses at all times during the street performances.
A. 
Performances regulated hereunder will take place in the following areas only:
[Amended 2-13-2017 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
(1) 
Blais Park on or about the parapet area;
(2) 
Lower Montcalm and Canada Street;
(3) 
Canada Street at the U.S. Post Office;
(4) 
Canada Street, west side at Mayard Center;
(5) 
Canada Street, west side at Cholakis' block; and
(6) 
Visitor Center.
B. 
Performances may also take place at a fair or public festival authorized by Village law and upon written permission of the sponsor therein.
C. 
Performances shall be restricted to the following: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
A. 
Amplified equipment. A performer licensed hereunder may use amplified equipment only with permission from the Mayor or Board of Trustees and shall be for background effect only. Amplified equipment shall be battery-powered only and shall be audible for a distance not to exceed 50 feet.
B. 
Passage of public. No licensee shall perform so as to block the passage of the public through a public area, unless permitted to do so at a fair or public festival by the sponsor thereof. The Mayor and/or state and local police authorities are hereby authorized to disperse a crowd or portion thereof which is blocking the passage of the public but shall not order the licensee to quit the location absent a violation of this Code or other statute, rule or regulation.
C. 
Contributions. A licensee may accept contributions at a performance in a hat, instrument case or other receptacle. All signs requesting contribution shall be limited in size to 12 inches by 11 inches.
Upon the recommendation of the Mayor and/or any local or state police authorities, the Village Board of Trustees may conduct a public hearing to determine whether a public area should be excluded from performances by persons licensed under this chapter. The Village Board of Trustees shall determine whether the public health, safety or welfare would require such an exclusion and may exclude any public area from performances. No such exclusion shall be effective until seven days after notice thereof has been mailed to all licensees.
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A license issued hereunder may be suspended or revoked by the Village Board of Trustees for cause after notice and an opportunity for a hearing have been afforded the licensee.
B. 
Upon revocation, the former licensee may be restricted from application for a license for such time as the Village Board of Trustees may determine but no longer than one year.
C. 
A license may be temporarily suspended hereunder by the Mayor for cause and until the hearing is conducted as set forth in this section. "Cause" shall be defined as any act or omission by the licensee that is inconsistent with the public health, safety or welfare of the community. Any licensee whose license is temporarily suspended by the Mayor as set forth herein shall be entitled to a hearing in no fewer than seven days from the day of such suspension.