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More ice cream for Indian Lake

Friday, May 09, 2014 - Updated: 9:07 AM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The Indian Lake Planning Board granted James Dunn a conditional use permit to locate an 8- by 16-foot ice cream trailer on property owned by Ursula Gallagher on Rt. 28/30 when it met  Wednesday, May 7.

The  location is the former Indian Lake Laundry next door to Chrissy’s Cafe. Dunn is proposing to locate the moveable trailer in front of what is now a private residence.

The vote to approve was not unanimous, with new board member Al Pouch casting the lone nay vote.

Concerns about the plan for the soft ice cream stand, to be known as Happy Camper Ice Cream, were raised by Chrissy’s Cafe owner Christine Hinckley, who opened her breakfast and luncheon restaurant just last summer.

Hinckley said she is worried an ice cream stand next to her restaurant would use the same curb cut in the road and could create parking problems.

As Hinckley explained it, she worries because some of her customers, after having lunch at her place, might decided to leave their cars in her parking area and walk next door to get ice cream. This would result in one or more of her parking spots not being available for a new customer.

“I need all the parking area I have for customers wanting to come in,” said Hinckley.

Dunn countered parking could be an issue both ways. He suggested it would be possible that if Chrissy’s Cafe was busy and her parking area full when his was not, some of her customers might decide to park in the parking area he has planned for up to six regular parking spots plus one handicap parking spot.

There are a few hours where there could be some confusion. Chrissy’s Cafe is open from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Happy Camper Ice Cream stand plans to be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After much consideration of the issues raised the board decided to grant a conditional use permit with the following conditions.

The permit is good for this year only, and will need to be reviewed by the board before being allowed to open next season. This, the board believes, will give it a chance to see if parking becomes a real problem or if the two businesses manage to work for an amicable solution.

As board member Anya Bickford stated, “We have no experience to know if parking will be a problem.”

The conditional use permit also requires Dunn to put up signs designating where people are to park for which establishment. He will also need to get approval from the NYS Department of Health before he can open for business. Any and all lighting must be focused downward.

Dunn is hoping to meet all conditions and be open by July 4.

The planning board will next meet Wednesday, June 4, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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