September 15, 2008
Planning Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Chair: Jeffrey Boyer
Town Board Members: Francis Dellamano,
Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, Judy Sabin-Watson
Attorney To The Board: Stephen Greene, Jr.
Secretary: Joyce Molinari
Order: The meeting of the Oswego Town Planning Board was called to order
at 8:05 p.m. by Board President Jeffrey Boyer.
Attendance: Those in attendance were:
Old Business: Peter Wiltsie Site Plan review for proposed windmill at 1055 County Route 20.
Barry Pritchard pointed out that the Planning Board had met with Peter Wiltsie and John MacDonald at last month’s meeting, during which all of the Planning Board’s questions were answered. Also, since then the Zoning Board of Appeals had granted the Height Variance, and a copy of that resolution was included in the Planning Board packet for tonight’s meeting.
Francis Dellamano moved that the Site Plan be approved as proposed. The motion was seconded by Lee Phillips. All ayes; motion carried.
The Secretary will send a letter to Mr. Wiltsie, confirming that the Planning Board has approved the proposed Site Plan.
New Business: Tim Relyea, representing Limestone Ridge LLC, concerning Site Plan for proposed subdivision on Bunker Hill Road.
Mr. Relyea presented the updated survey map showing the four (4) proposed lots and the changes that had been made since his last presentation.
Fran Dellamano recommended that we set a Public Hearing for the October meeting. He also suggested that the Secretary contact the Historical Society to meet with Mr. Relyea concerning the Dr. Mary Walker sign that is on the property and come to the next meeting with a proposal concerning the preservation of the sign and improvements to the site.
Mr. Relyea said that if the Historical Society would contact him, he would arrange for some type of easement for the memorial. In answer to a question of how to handle the Mary Walker site, Stephen Greene explained that it should be made part of the site plan approval and should be done in consultation with the Historical Society.
The Secretary will send a letter to the Historical Society concerning the project.
It was also decided by consensus that the Secretary is to send the Site Plan application with the Short SEQR form and the 239 L&M form to the County for their review. In addition, the Secretary is to place a Public Hearing notice in the Palladium-Times at least ten (10) days prior to the Planning Board meeting on October 20, 2008. It was also clarified that the Planning Board would complete the second part of the short SEQR at the next meeting.
Public Comment: Sam Zappala, representing Oswego Shippers & Growers, 8011 State Route 104
The discussion concerned the present use of the buildings and site that had previously been in business as Oswego Shippers & Growers, owned by Zappala USA, LLC. The existing property will not be changed on the outside. The traffic and driveways are already in existence for truck traffic.
The new tenants, Kimberly and Kenneth Fox (d/b/a Fox Hollow Movers), will be using the site for common storage of residential and commercial merchandise. The fire security and protection system has been upgraded to a UL rated fire monitoring system. The tenants have a one (1) year lease on the property, with a long-term plan if they get the Department of Defense contract. If they don’t, then it is doubtful that they will continue. However, Mr. Zappala pointed out that Fort Drum is running out of local storage space for this purpose, so the probability of getting the contract is high. They will be bringing in all of the furniture of the deployed enlisted people & their families. When they are deployed, their furniture is packed up and put into storage.
The lease is for non-hazardous materials only.
It was stated, for the record, that the present sign could be changed in terms of lettering, but not in size, since the size of the sign had been previously approved. Mr. Zappala made it clear that it is in his lease with the new tenants that the signage cannot change without his knowledge and approval.
Stephen Greene also clarified that a Public Hearing is not necessary. Therefore, Francis Dellamano made a motion that the presentation be approved as presented. Barry Pritchard seconded the motion. All ayes; motion carried.
Open Board Discussion: The Board discussed the problems of the size of the Board, unfilled seats, and obtaining a quorum. The possibilities are to remain a seven (7) member board and try to fill the two (2) empty seats or change the size to five (5) members so that only three (3) members would be necessary for a quorum.
Adjournment: The motion was made by Lee Phillips to adjourn and seconded by Barry Pritchard. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next meeting will be October 20, 2008.
Secretary to the Planning Board