Planning Board

Town of Oswego
Planning Board Minutes
February 16, 2015

Chair: Richard Kaulfuss
Vice-Chair: Francis Dellamano
Members: Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, Gary Richardson, Noreen Ruttan, Judy Sabin-Watson
Attorney to the Board: Stephen C. Greene, Jr.
Secretary: Debra Hogan

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair Richard Kaulfuss.

Board Attendance:
Richard Kaulfuss, Francis Dellamano, Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, Judy Sabin-Watson,
Attorney Kevin Caraccioli

Gary Richardson, Noreen Ruttan, Stephen C. Greene Jr.

Others Present:
Greg Herrmann, Timothy DeSacia, Wayne Newton, Doug Malone

Approval of January 19, 2015 minutes:
Motion by Fran Dellamano to accept minutes as written; Lee Phillips seconded. All ayes. Carried.

Preliminary Site Plan Review – Faye Logun, 7390 St. Rt. 104 – Bed and Breakfast:
Reviewed materials submitted by Faye Logun who recently purchased the property. Discussed zoning regulations for R-2. Owner will reside on premises. One employee will not reside there. No proposed changes to property. Board requests topographical map from owner. Motion by Barry Pritchard, seconded by Lee Phillips to set a Public Hearing for Special Permit to operate a Bed & Breakfast in an R-2 zone on March 16, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. Attorney to start process with the county.

Continuation of Public Hearing – Proposed Dollar General, Intersection St. Rt. 104 & 104A:

Chris Boyea, representing Bohler Engineering gave brief review of project. Map indicating sight distances from proposed driveway location presented. Sight distance to west requires 440 feet – 1,810 feet documented. Sight distance to east requires 530 feet – 589 feet documented. Per NYS DOT standards this driveway has safe sight distances.

Dick addressed zoning concerns from last month's meeting. Zoning Law last changed in 2009. Kevin stated zoning law was established during the 1970's. Was amended in 1981 and most recently in 2009. The area is a mix of Business and R-4. Kevin reviewed uses allowed in an R-4.

Dick stated correspondence received from DOT recognizes Town of Oswego as lead agency. No formal responses yet from DOT or DEC. Kevin has spoken with DEC staff member Val Caramuri assigned to this application. DOT has also assigned staff.

Dick read response from county. Recommendation is approval with modification. Prefer access location on Rt. 104A. Concerns with sight distance and traffic volume. Recommend working with DOT and Soil & Water.

Written responses from Peter & Amy Klein and Patty Blackwell read aloud and entered into record.

Dick stated there will not be a vote tonight as all the information has not yet been received.

Public Comment:
Pete Klein – submitted letter of support for project
Ronald Dunsmoor – concerns with speed, traffic volume, aesthetics
Lucy Dasans, 748 Co. Rt. 20 – supports project, grow tax base, add jobs
Patty Blackwell – property owners and developers not from area, not a good fit
Dick Carson – not against business but not good fit
Carol Holliday – supports project, benefit from sales tax and tax base, no request for
Laurie Oleyourryk – presented signed petition opposing project, against location
Stan Gosek – questioned power of board to deny project
Dick responded – per county response: one-plus majority of all members
can override their recommendation. To act contrary must provide reason.
Kevin responded – Not alone in the review. Other state agencies still out. Per
NYS law, board cannot make arbitrary decision.
Laura Brazak – opposed to location
Ron Kilburn – questioned if strong opinion considered arbitrary
Doug Malone – tax benefit, zoned commercial
Diane Welsh – questioned county recommendation
Patty Blackwell – declining property values

Cannon Cory, representing Primax Properties stated number of employees between 8-12.
Category breakdowns are:

1500 sq. ft. – food

300 sq. ft. – apparel
500 sq. ft. – cleaning products 100 sq. ft. – hardware
700 sq. ft. – health & beauty 500 sq. ft. – home décor
400 sq. ft. – paper products 300 sq. ft. – pet supplies
1300 sq. ft. – seasonal 400 sq. ft. – stationery

6,000 of 9,300 sq. ft. is actual sales area. Local contractors will be hired for construction. Dollar General will sign 15 yr. lease with Primax. Distance between stores generally not closer than 3 miles. Rendering of exterior shown.

Public comment closed 8:26.

Open Discussion:
Unable to render decision at this time – do not have all information.
Kevin recommended completing Part II of EAF for next meeting and move on to decision making.

Motion to close Public Hearing by Lee Phillips, seconded by Barry Pritchard. All ayes.

Old Business:

New Business:

Motion to adjourn by Lee Phillips, seconded by Judy Sabin-Watson. All ayes.

Respectfully submitted,

Debra Hogan
Secretary, Planning Board

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