Signature still needed for Broadalbin beach to open

Shown is Broadalbin Town Beach which is expected to open on Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

BROADALBIN — With the opening of the town beach less than a week away, the town is still waiting for a signature from the Department of Environmental Conservation which could possibly delay its opening.

Supervisor Sheila Perry, who made the announcement on June 11 of the beach opening on July 1 for the first time in 10 years, said although the town received the verbal “go ahead” from DEC Regional Director Robert Stegman, the Director of Management and Budget Nancy Lussier has yet to sign the agreement.

“We are thinking positive and will be standing by to be open on July1,” Perry said. “DEC attorney Scott Abrahamson is doing his best to secure the signature of Nancy Lussier, director of management and budget in time for the long-anticipated opening. Town, county and [state] DEC officials have been cooperating for over a year to make this beach opening work.”

According to a news release, even though Lussier has yet to sign the agreement, beach staff have been hired and put on payroll and have been doing off-site prep work.

“We have respected the fact that nothing can be put in place until the Director of Management and Budget NYS signs the four agreements,” the release stated.

However, this week work scheduled to have the beach prepared includes a guard shack delivery, three portable toilet deliveries, construction of a privacy shield-around toilets, installation of anchors and buoys and the delivery of picnic tables, lifeguard stands and parking lot barricades.

All assets necessary to be certified by the Department of Health have been purchased, fabricated and assembled, according to the release. The DOH application has been approved and the final inspection needs to be done with all in place.

The beach is expected to open July 1 to Aug. 31 with hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; weather permitting.

The beach will be open to all residents, non-residents and tourists visiting the area. There will be a parking fee of $5 for all beach goers.

According to the release, if the town is unable to open as scheduled, they will ask DEC staff to help keep people away and will notify the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office seeking its help as well.