Re-opening of Broadalbin beach deemed successful

Town of Broadalbin Supervisor Sheila Perry, center, gave an update on the town beach during the town board's regular meeting on Tuesday. On the left is Councilman Michael Greco, and on the right is Councilman Dave Bogardus. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

BROADALBIN — Although there were many obstacles faced, the re-opening of Broadalbin Town Beach was deemed successful.

Broadalbin Town Supervisor Sheila Perry, during the town board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, went through all the steps taken to make the opening of the beach possible and what necessary steps are being taken to solve the issue of speeders and people parking illegally on Lakeview Road and Route 110 that is causing driving and safety hazards.

The town beach opened on July 1, but prior to its opening a lot of work was done including: pulling back all the boulders, pushing the sand that covered the parking lot back to the beach, painting parking lines, cutting back on brush, putting new signage up, installing portable bathrooms and putting buoys up in the lake to mark a swimming perimeter.

Perry thanked everyone who worked and put a lot of effort into making sure the beach could open in time.

Since the opening of the beach and with there only being a select number of parking spaces, several beach goers have been seen parking along the side of Lakeview Road, although the town has placed “no parking” signs on the road.

Shown is Broadalbin Town Beach. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“It is a stipulation of the [NYS Department of Environmental Conservation] we get the situation under control if we want to be able to operate the beach,” Perry said.

Perry said she has a meeting today with Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino and Encon to see what can be done about enforcing the no parking on Lakeview Road.

Scott Riley, a Broadalbin resident who lives on Route 110 said he has witnessed several people speeding on both Lakeview Road and Route 110.

“I can’t walk on that road, I can’t ride a bike on that road, I can’t enjoy my front yard because people are roaring through there and I’m not talking 60 or 70 [miles per hour], I’m talking 90 miles an hour,” Riley said.

He said he has had several conversations with Giardino, but has not seen any action taken and has not had a deputy sheriff respond to any of his calls.