January 16, 2006
Planning Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Chair: Judy Sabin-Watson
Town Board Members: Francis Dellamano, Kenneth Kern,
Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, Jeffrey Boyer, James Finn
Attorney To The Board: Stephen Greene, Jr.
Call to Order:

At approximately 7:01 PM, Fran Dellamano, Acting Chairman called the Planning Board Meeting to Order.


Those in attendance were:
Francis Dellamano
Barry Pritchard
Kenneth Kern
Lee Phillips
James Finn
Stephen Greene, Jr.
Marjorie Best
Those absent were:
Judy Sabin-Watson
Jeffrey Boyer
Fran wanted the minutes to reflect the reason for Jeff Boyer's absence. He had contacted the secretary, and stated he volunteered to coach soccer on Mondays. He had asked soccer team not to schedule him on the third Mondays, but they had already set the schedule before he made the request. Jeff said there will be no more conflicts, as he will not be coaching on the third Monday of each month.

Attorney Steve Greene stated he had a Court appearance in Palermo on the next meeting date, February 20th. He asked the Board if they would mind scheduling the meeting for 7:45 PM instead of 7:00 PM. The Board agreed.

Ken Kern stated he would be unable to attend the meeting on February 20th.

Old Business:

Approval of December 19, 2005 Minutes:

Fran asked if there were any comments or corrections to the minutes of December 19, 2005. There were none, so Lee Phillips made a motion that the minutes be approved. Ken Kern seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
There was a question at the last meeting about the ownership of the Jarvis Garage. Barry Pritchard stated that John Bush is still the owner, according to the Assessor’s Office.

New Business:

Barry Pritchard stated since this is an Organizational Meeting, that we should appoint a Chairman. Since Judy Watson was absent, the Secretary called her to ask if she would accept the appointment for the year 2006. She asked if Fran Dellamano would take Chairmanship, as she would like a break. Fran declined, so Judy reluctantly accepted the appointment for another year.

Public Comment:

No one from the public was present.

Open Board Discussion - Revision of Zoning Regulations - Special Use Permits & Planning Board:

Fran Dellamano had requested at the last meeting that we get a definition for "Billboard". It was mentioned the only billboards are out on the corner of Rte. 104 West and County Rte 20, near Oley’s. Ken Kern said they are grand-fathered in, but Fran said we do not want any more billboards in the town.

Judy Watson received the definition from the County Planning Board. There were three different comments on the definition, and after some discussion, the Board compiled it into one paragraph. It was decided to eliminate the term "Billboard" and put it under "Signs." Steve Greene stated the definition should be as follows: "A sign or surface whereon advertising matter is set that identifies or communicates a commercial or non-commercial message related to an activity conducted, a service rendered or a commodity sold at a location other than where the sign is located, and shall be no larger than 32 square feet in size".

The "Special Use Permits" Section was discussed, and some changes were made on the first page. "Authorization" should read "The Planning Board has the authority to grant Special Permits, following Site Plan Review".

Under "Application" part of the first sentence should be scratched, namely "not less than ___days prior to the date of the proposed Public Hearing on the application". Under A - should read "A diagram or plan, acceptable to the Planning Board, to scale, showing the dimensions of the lot on which the proposed use, structure or alteration is proposed, its locations on the lot, all structures on the lot, lot dimensions, setbacks, parking and ingress and egress." Fran said he would like to see E be included with A - "A list of all property owners, names and locations adjacent to each parcel within 1,500 feet and/or affected property owners on the tax map."

G should read "An Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) may be necessary.

He agreed among the members that the remainder of Page 1 "Notice" and "Public Hearing", as well as Pages 2 and 3 seem to be in order. There was one question on the "Determination of Impact", regarding the word "morals", and Steve said that should definitely be left in.

The Board then went to the last page of the Section "Signs, Awnings and Canopies" which is Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. It was agreed that these sections are in order.

It was agreed that at next months meeting, we should review the sections "Telecommunication Towers" and "Adult Uses".


At approximately 8:15 PM, Barry Pritchard made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Lee Phillips seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marjorie Best,
Secretary to Planning Board
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