June 26, 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 7:00 PM, Judy Watson, Chairman of the Planning Board called the meeting to order.


Those in attendance were:
Judy Sabin-Watson
Francis Dellamano
Lee Phillips
Barry Pritchard
Kenneth Kern
Jeffrey Boyer
James Finn
Stephen Greene, Jr.
Marjorie Best
Old Business:

Approval of May 15, 2006 Minutes:

Lee Phillips made a motion that the minutes of May 15, 2006 be approved. Jeff Boyer seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

New Business:

Application #2006-04 - Jeff Draper/Greg Sharkey - Special Permit/New Business:
Judy Watson opened the Public Hearing on Jeff Draper/Greg Sharkey's application for a Special Use Permit on property located at 1969 County Rte. 7. Greg Sharkey was requested to sign the application, as he is the owner of the property in question. There was some discussion before Jeff Draper got to the meeting, regarding the survey/site plan relative to various items missing which the County Planning Board requested. Judy noted that Marge received the survey today, and hand delivered it to Marty Weiss of the County Planning Board. Marge didn't expect him to act on it, as the documents are supposed to be submitted to the County Planning Board a week before the hearing. However, Marty did e-mail Marge, and stated the survey did address some concerns, but it was still not a Site Plan.

Both Jeff Draper and Greg Sharkey appeared at the hearing at 7:06 PM. Judy asked them to step forward, and have a seat at the table. She stated the Board had quite a few questions, such as how many cars can be parked. Jeff said 6 cars could be parked comfortably. She asked how many vehicles could be inside the garage at one time, and he said 4 vehicles. Judy then asked just what he is going to do in the detail shop. Jeff said he would detail cars, trucks, boats and campers now and then. He said he cleans them, and buffs and polishes them. He said he does a lot of detail work on race cars. Lee Phillips asked if he had compressors. Jeff said he does have a compressor and a tool box. Fran asked if he had city water there, and Jeff answered no, that if he needs water, he gets it at Mr. Sharkey's house. He said he lives on Rathburn Road, which isn't that far, and if need be, he could get buckets of water at home. He said his hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, regular business hours. Judy asked if he had a septic system, and Jeff stated no. Lee asked about the disposal of waste water, and Jeff said he keeps it in a bucket. Fran asked how far away the garage is from where he gets the water from Mr. Sharkey, and Jeff said about 100 feet.

Jeff Boyer asked about parking of the cars. Jeff said he tries to keep it down to a minimum. He said Greg has a beautiful lawn, and he doesn't want to park cars all over it. He wants to keep it neat, and not like a junk yard. Fran asked about the driveway, as he said it doesn't look very wide. Both Jeff and Greg said there is room enough for two cars wide, and when Jim Lockwood owned it, he had large trucks going in and out of there. Jeff proceeded to point to the map so Fran could see where the garage was in relation to Mr. Sharkey's house, and where the cars park.

Kenn Kern said we need a site plan with all the information on it. He noted that on the #239, it mentions public water, but there is no water at the garage. Greg Sharkey said there is water at the house which is on the property.

Jim Finn suggested that Jeff enlarge the survey map, and place all the criteria needed for a site plan. Kenn said as to ingress and egress, it is dangerous going out onto County Rte 7, as there is hill right there. Fran stated he is going to go out there, and look over the situation, as he has so many questions.

Jeff was asked about signs, and he said he didn't really want to put signs up for the business. He said he does most of his business by word of mouth, and again, he didn't want to take away from Greg's beautiful lawn.

Kenn said we should table the meeting until next month, July 17th, and mark everything that is needed on the map, with measurements, setbacks, parking, ingress and egress, and location relative to surrounding properties. Fran said to be sure to put on the map, all the footage of where the various items will be. Jeff said he would comply. Marge asked him to please get the map to her in plenty of time - not the day of the meeting.

Public Comment:

No one from the public was present

Open Board Discussion:

Judy passed out copies of the Town of Oswego Comprehensive Plan proposed Land Use Map in color. She explained that she, Greg Auleta of the Zoning Board, Theresa Cooper, Town Clerk of Oswego Town, and Donna Scanlon of the County Planning Board have had some meetings to go over the Comprehensive Plan, and Zoning Regulations. Barry Pritchard stated that the Comprehensive Map is for the future, and we would do an overlay for the zoning districts.

As stated at last month's meeting, Steve said he would compile a draft for a performance bond regarding towers, telecommunications and windmills. He drafted it and passed it to the members to view. There was some discussion on windmills. Fran asked why he couldn't have a windmill in his back yard that doesn't turn. Steve explained the Planning may condition it approval of any application by imposing conditions for dismantling and removed any energy tower/windmill. This shall be required on the occurrence of one of any of the following three events: - (1) Non-production of power for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days; and/or; (2) Non-rotation of any blade set(s) for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days, and/or; (3) Objective non-repair, which evidences a structure of nuisance character for a period of thirty (30 consecutive days.

Jeff Boyer said at one of the meetings it was suggested removal after 5 years. Fran asked why we have to do this now. We don't even have a windmill in the town. After some discussion, Steve referred to the Ex Post Facto Law. Steve said we could leave 1, 2 and 3 out, and post a bond for $500.

Jim Finn made a motion to accept the Performance Bond with the amended time frame being 120 days, giving time to repair the energy tower/windmill. Kenn Kern seconded the motion. 4 Ayes, 1 Nay. Motion carried.

Judy asked if anyone was interested in attending the Planning and Zoning Summer Schools, either in Hyde Park on July 13th, or SUNY Geneseo on July 27th. Fran Dellamano suggested we look into obtain a video. Judy said she would look into it.


At approximately 8:15 PM, lee Phillips made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Kenn Kern seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marjorie Best,
Secretary to Planning Board
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