November 17, 2008
Planning Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Chair: Jeffrey Boyer
Town Board Members: Francis Dellamano, Lee Phillips,
Barry Pritchard, Judy Sabin-Watson, Richard Tesoriero
Attorney To The Board: Stephen Greene, Jr.
Secretary: Joyce Molinari
Call to Order: The meeting of the Oswego Town Planning Board was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by Board President Jeffrey Boyer.

Attendance: Those in attendance were:
Jeffrey Boyer
Francis Dellamano
Lee Phillips
Barry Pritchard
Judy Sabin-Watson
Stephen C. Greene, Jr.
Joyce Molinari
Chairman
Member
Member
Member
Member
Attorney to the Board
Secretary
Absent:

Richard Tesoriero

Member
Approval of October 20, 2008, Meeting Minutes: Francis Dellamano suggested that the word “comprehensive” be removed from the Old Business section in which Joe Oleyourryk stated that the Historical Society did not yet have a plan; also that all of the discussion concerning the Historical Society and the Mary Walker site be grouped together in one section.

Steve Greene explained that a vote is needed to alter the recording of the discussion into one section, rather than as it happened during the meeting.
Francis Dellamano made the motion; seconded by Barry Pritchard. All ayes; motion carried.

Judy Watson made the motion to accepted the amended minutes; seconded by Lee Phillips. All ayes; motion carried.

Old Business: Jeff Boyer questioned the necessity of having a resolution for the Limestone Ridge Subdivision. Steve Greene suggested that it is best to have it in the form of a resolution, so Jeff signed and dated the five (5) copies as of the date the resolution was passed, October 20, 2008.

New Business:
1.
Judy Watson asked for an update on the United Group. Barry Pritchard commented that he had heard they had submitted a plan for their own septic system.

2. Francis Dellamano brought up the subject of the new zoning plan, which is set to come before the Town Board in December, with a Public Hearing. He stated that he felt the Planning Board and the Zoning Board should have an opportunity to look at it before it goes to the public – otherwise it is having a public hearing without education. In addition, the public should have a copy of the plan before the hearing, so that they will have time to study it and discuss it with others before the Town Board/Public Hearing meeting in December.

Judy Watson pointed out that there is a whole separate committee that has worked on the new plan – it is not part of the Planning or Zoning Boards, but is a whole separate entity that reviews the plan.

Lee Phillips asked for clarification as to when the public will get their first opportunity to look at the plan. It was explained that they would get it on the night of the Public Hearing.

Discussion continued concerning what the New York State rules are concerning new zoning and the public hearing. Also, there was a concensus that the new zoning plan should not be adopted at the December meeting, but that the public should have more time to read and discuss it.

Judy Watson suggested that the document could possibly be placed on the Town website.

Jeff Boyer said he will get in touch with Vicky Mullen concerning the Town Board plan/schedule for this matter and will report back to the Planning Board members.

Francis Dellamano suggested that there might be a letter sent out explaining that the plan is available for viewing on the Town website and copies would be available for those who do not have access to a computer; also that this should be done two months before the Public Hearing.

Lee Phillips suggested having two Public Hearings. During the first hearing all who are truly interested could get a copy of the plan to study before the second hearing.

Jeff Boyer again confirmed that he will talk with Vicky about what the plan is, for presenting the proposed zoning regulations to the public.

Steve Greene suggested that it could be decided to continue the Public Hearing to a later date, so that people would have time to study the document, which they would receive at the December meeting.

3. Jeff Boyer brought up the topic of training. The Planning Board members are required to receive four (4) hours of training per year. If they do not receive the four hours, then the Town Board must pass a resolution that the Planning Board members are competent enough to continue. The Planning Board members have the opportunity to receive two hours, using the CD that was passed out at the County meeting held in October. Jeff will make copies of the CD for use by Board members who have computers, with hard copies going to those who don’t. He will also investigate other options for getting the other two (2) hours.

Adjournment: The motion was made by Lee Phillips to adjourn and seconded by Barry Pritchard. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting will be December 15, 2008.

Respectfully submitted,
Joyce Molinari
Secretary to the Planning Board
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