County considers camp renovations

by Carol Thompson

The lodge at Camp Zerbe in Williamstown is in disrepair and funding is being sought once again to fix the ailing building.

In 2010, the county received a grant to conduct an assessment of the lodge in order to determine if the building could be restored to a usable condition. It was determined that the lodge could be stabilized without the need for a full restoration.

Last year, a grant was applied for but the project was not selected for funding.

The county will now file a grant application for $350,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The old Adirondack style lodge, built in the mid 1940s, consists of a large room that features a fire place at each end, a kitchen and a large open front porch that overlooks Lake Lorraine, a supporting memorandum states.

Due to disrepair, the lodge was never used and has been boarded up for some time.

The county cannot demolish the structure without state approval due to conditions that were set forth when the county purchased Camp Zerbe.

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