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Saint Johnsville Planning Board Minutes Archive - 2017

 

2017 - Jan.05 |  Feb.02 | Mar.09 | Apl.06 | May.04 | Jun.01 | July.06 | Aug.03

St. Johnsville Planning Board -  August 3rd, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7:08 pm. Present Chairman Martha Mancini, Vice Chairman George Haines, Les Larsen, Melanie Shuster. Absent Jeff Hadcox, also Code Enforcement Officer. From the Public Michael Mancini

The minutes of July 6th were read and approved. Motion by George Haines, seconded by Les Larsen.

The Chairman's report was read whereby she was told that the Planning Board was not supposed to plan and the Board was not to solicit new business. We have little or no power according to the Supervisor. We may also review any use permits that are denied or are not permitted in the land use law. We may be able to review the land use laws and recommend changes.

Melanie Shuster questioned whether or not we should not have to revise the Comprehensive Plan as that is also a plan, and would be in contradiction to the Town Board. Les Larsen asked why the Code Enforcement Officer was not accountable to the Board as he is a paid employee.

Under New Business the Board recommended that we change on page 66 the Land Use laws thereby permitting a farmer to sell all of their land and not the 10% as mentioned in the Land Use Laws. This is not an acceptable practice to a farmer as written.

A questionnaire is to be sent to the residents of the Town requesting information on what they would like to see happen in the future.

Motion to close by Les Larsen at 850 pm seconded by Melanie Shuster

Melanie Shuster, Secretary

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St. Johnsville Planning Board - July 06, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM with Martha Mancini, Chairman, George Haines, Jeff Hadcox, Melanie Shuster, Secretary, Michael Mancini, Public were present. Absent Less Larson, Code Enforcement Officer James Castrucci.

Minutes of June 1st planning board meeting were read and approved.

The Chairman, Martha Mancini, gave her report about her attending the Town Board meeting on June 8th where the town supervisor told Chairman Mancini that the planning board was not supposed to plan and the planning board was not supposed to solicit new businesses to come to St. Johnsville. He said that the only thing the planning board is supposed to do is review the comprehensive plan and recommend changes to it, and to review the land use laws and recommend changes in them. And, also, we are supposed to review any use permits that are denied or are not permitted in the land use laws.

The planning board does not have any power to do anything except this according to Stagliano.

The Planning Board reviewed the Comprehensive Plan dated 2005 and discussed the following:

1. Page 35: Ensure proper training of planning officials.

2. Page 36: Require Code Enforcement Officer to attend all Planning Board Meetings

3. Page 37: The Town should revise and adopt new Land use Laws and Subdivision regulations to comply with the spirit of this comprehensive plan.

4. Page 37: Commit the Town Planning Board to maintain this Comprehensive Plan and to update it at 5-year intervals to keep it current.

5. Page 39: The Town Board will need to delegate some responsibility in implementing the plan. Various citizen committees should be depended upon for doing research and making action recommendations to the Town Board. The plan recommends the following committees be formed:

A. Conservation Advisory Committee

B. Public-Private Economic Development Committee

C. Town/Village Recreation Committees

D. Historic Commission

6. Page 39: Town Planning Board should serve as the plan's custodian

7. Page 40: Short Term: Three to Twelve Month Plan

A. Town Board should form recommended citizen committees as outlined to work on specific programs identified in the plan. Each committee should clearly understand their objective and role.

B. Town Board should conduct the land evaluation and suitability assessment (LESA) to identify important open space and farmlands. Identify scenic roads. Retain professional and volunteer help as needed.

C. Draft and adopt a local Right to Farm Law

D. Draft and adopt a local law requiring training and education of all planning and zoning officials, including the zoning and code enforcement officers. Budget for training expenses.

E. Research grants that will help fund recommended economic development, affordable housing, recreation and administrative programs.

F. Begin work on revising the Land Use Law. Draft specific design standards.

8. Page 40: Medium Term: One to Three Years

9. Page 41: Medium Term: Three to Five Years

10. Page 41: Long Term: Five to Fifteen or Twenty Years

The Town Board has not adopted any of the recommendations that were made in the Comprehensive Plan dated 2005. Not one single one.

In further discussions, Melanie Shuster wondered why the Town Board seemed to be totally against the planning board it seemed to her. She said that the Town Board had been informed of every action that the Planning Board had made every month. She said that the Town Board had the opportunity to stop the Planning Board since Sept. or Oct. of 2016 with regards to the supermarket search and did not stop the Planning Board until June, 2017. The Planning Board decided that this must have been a political decision. She also said that communication between all sections of the town government should be paramount in order to make the town successful.

With the Code Enforcement Officer not being required to meet with the Planning Board at all nor even communicate with the Planning Board, the section of the Comprehensive Plan of 2005 recommendation that the Code Enforcement Officer attend all Planning Board meetings to keep the communication alive and help the Planning Board in their future recommendations to the Town Board. Now, according to Stagliano, the Planning Board does not need this communication.

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St. Johnsville Planning Board - June 01, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM with Martha Mancini, Chairman, George Haines, Jeff Hadcock, Melanie Shuster, Secretary, Michael Mancini, public present. Absent Les Larson, Code Enforcement Officer James Castrucci.

Minutes of May 4th planning board meeting were read and approved.

The Chairman, Martha Mancini, gave her report giving the secretary a copy of a letter she wrote to the Town Board regarding their April 11th meeting at which time a resolution #17-045 that was passed by unanimous vote to write a letter to Martha Mancini, Chairman of the Planning Board, forbidding her in the name of the town or planning board to participate in the discussion of dissolving the Village of St. Johnsville. This resolution was made based upon the Town Supervisor, Dominick Stagliano’s recommendation after reading posts on the Internet "gossip" and misinformation. This letter was demanding a retraction and clearing of Martha Mancini's name. Copy of letter attached to minutes.

Old Business: The planning board was presented with a copy of a building permit dated February 28, 2017, permit 41-2017, to J. R. Auctions permitting "redo septic system and add grease tank."

Exceptions were placed upon this permit that inspector needed to inspect plumbing before enclosing and footing before backfill before final inspection.

The planning board was presented with a copy of a Monthly Report for the month of March 2017 from Code Enforcement Officer. This report stated that he did a town wide inspection up to 15-miles. He also stated that he dropped off permit application to Tracy Haak, Clay Hill, and Matt Cook on Bavar Road to remove 2-old cars.

The planning board discussed the dates on this information from the Code Enforcement officer calling attention to February 28, 2017 and March, 2017 and not notifying the planning board until June, 2017.

Since this present planning board was sworn into office, the Code Enforcement Officer has refused to attend a single meeting and to place a copy of any building permit that was written in the Planning Board mailbox as was requested and he agreed to do. This is the first time the Planning Board has received anything from the Code Enforcement Officer, and we assume was sent by the town clerk for him.

New Business: There was no new business

Public Comments: No public comments

A motion by George Haines was made to adjourn at 8:10 PM, seconded by Melanie Shuster.

Melanie Shuster - Secretary

 

 

MARTHA MANCINI
P. 0. BOX 244

SAINT JOHNSVILLE, NEW YORK 13452

May 13, 2017

Mr. Dominick Stagliano,

Supervisor

The Town of Saint Johnsville New York

P0 Box 28

Saint Johnsville, New York 13452

RE: Minutes of April 11, 2017 Town Board Meeting Dear Mr. Stagliano:

After reading the minutes of the Town Board of April 11th when it was posted on the internet, I would like to direct your attention to "New Business" section #8:

Planning Board -- discussion took place regarding the petition being circulated by Martha Mancini, Chairman of the Planning Board for the Town of St. Johnsville, attempting to dissolve the Village through a referendum. The Town Board feels that Martha is putting the town in a bad position, and does not want it portrayed that she is acting on behalf of the Town. Motion by Councilman Smith, seconded by Councilman Millington to authorize Supervisor Stagliano to send a letter to Martha Mancini expressing the Planning Board's authority, and that they are not representing the town in her quest to dissolve the Village. (Res. #17-045)

I did not nor have not received the letter that this resolution stated.

First of all, this section of the minutes is not true. I did not and never have circulated a petition for or against the dissolving of the Village of St. Johnsville. I am not campaigning for this. I am not trying to dissolve the Village of St. Johnsville through a referendum. I have never placed the Town of Saint Johnsville in a bad position. I have never used the position of Chairman of the Planning Board for the Town of Saint Johnsville in any matter other than the limits that I have to work within.

By introducing and acting upon this resolution #17-045 that was passed by unanimous vote, the entire town board was acting upon FAKE INFORMATION.

When I returned from Puerto Rico, I called you and told you about the petition that I was asked by Robert Smith and several other Village residents to make for them. They did not know how to make one they said. People from the Village always come into my store for help, information, etc. about the Village or Town. I guess it's because I am there and if they call the Town Offices, the staff is not always there. Most people need immediate attention and I try to show respect for each request that I may receive. I try to help in any way that I can, but this is not in the capacity of the Planning Board of the Town of Saint Johnsville. It is simply because the residents need information, help, or attention right then. Sometimes I can help or direct them to the proper channels. I do what I can to help everyone.

I would like to make this perfectly clear: The petition that I made for these Village residents was only for the purpose of getting signatures to petition the Village of Saint Johnsville Board to schedule a date for a VOTE only, on the dissolving of the Village. The petition does not mention the Town of Saint Johnsville Planning Board at all and also it does not mention my name in any capacity.

How could I have been circulating a petition when I was on vacation in Puerto Rico for one month? How could you or the Town Board have had a meeting about me or the planning board with these false accusations without us being present? This is very troubling to me because the minutes of the Town Board are posted on the Internet for all residents to read, and for anyone to read that wishes to read them. In all of my experience in business, I have never had a supervisor, board of directors, town board, or any other governing board have a meeting based solely on gossip and false information about me or anyone else. Most governing bodies cheek out the information BEFORE acting in this manner.

When I talked with you, you said that social media was involved in this matter. It's very strange to me because I am on Facebook and while I was on vacation, I had my tablet with me and read Facebook every day. There was no mention of me doing anything concerning the Village the whole month. I do know that very, very few people in the town or village use Twitter, so WHAT social media are you talking about?

I am demanding that this FAKE INFORMATION that you acted upon be rectified and my name be cleared.

Very truly yours Martha N. Mancini

CC: Maloney Shuster, Secretary - Saint Johnsville Planning Board 

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May 04, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7 p.m. Present Chairman Martha Mancini, Vice Chairman George Haines, Jeff Hadcox, Les Larsen, Melanie Shuster, Code Enforcement Officer absent. Present from the Public Michael Mancini

Minutes from the April 6th meeting were read and accepted. Jeff Hadcox made the motion to accept, seconded by Les Larsen.

Chairman’s report informing us of the unacceptable garbage, rodents and trash being accumulated by home next to the Dollar Store with inactivity on the part of the Code Enforcement Officer.

Melanie Shuster made a motion that the Code Enforcement Officer was to give us a written report of his work each month, seconded by Les Larsen.

Under Old Business: Our Board only opened up for discussion while the Chairman of our Board was in San Juan Puerto Rico the possibilities of a merger or cost effective ways of saving money as suggested by the State. We are in full knowledge that before this would take any form it would have to go for a VOTE!

We believe the Town Board has been Misinformed of our intent, as any infractions of our Chairperson makes all of us feel very unappreciated of the time and effort we had put into this Board. We are not having the support of the Town Board. We also believe the Code Enforcement's attitude of non compliance is no longer acceptable to our Board. We have never had one meeting with him since this new Board met over one and one half years ago, nor has he given us any report of work during that time.

Under New Business: Since the Code Enforcement Officer does not contact us there is no new business. We also have seen evidence of new buildings but have not received any permits.

No Public Comments

Jeff Hadcox made a motion to close at 8 pm, seconded by Les Larsen Melanie Shuster, Secretary

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St. Johnsville Planning Board  -  April 06, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman George Haines at 7:00 pm. Present Vice Chairman George Haines, Jeff Hadcox, Melanie Shuster Absent Chairman Martha Mancini, Board member Les Larsen, Code Enforcement Officer James Castrucci

The minutes of the meeting of March 2, 2017 were read. A motion to approve the minutes by Jeff Hadcox, seconded by George Haines.

Under Old business: We have not heard anything from Janet Shuster in regard to the Sub Division of her property. We also had a rather lengthy discussion on the Bumps and Bruises of a Consolidation of the Village and Town Government. The assets of the Village along with the Debt would certainly have an input. The asbestos in the Fowler Mill along with the other Mills would certainly be a consideration Factor, as we cannot increase the burden of additional taxes on the residents of the Town.

Under new Business: There seems to be nothing pending at this time.

Since we had no one from the Public we made a motion was made at 7:45 pm to close the meeting, seconded by Jeff Hadcox.

Melanie Shuster, Secretary

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St. JOHNSVILLE PLANNING BOARD - March 09 2017

The Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. March 09 2017

Present Chairman Martha Mancini, Vice Chairman George Haines, Jeff Hadcox, Les Larsen, Secretary Melanie Shuster absent Code Enforcement Officer James Castrucci. From the Public Michael Mancini

The Chairman reported on the Town Board Meeting she attended on February 1611 suggesting to them that in order for the Town to grow the Village and Town should merge saving Tax Dollars as this would allow us to place water and sewer in place to attract new business. Several grocery chains have been in touch with our Chairman Martha Mancini. The Town Supervisor's opinion is that the Town would not benefit and the Village only slightly. Two of the Board members were positive about this, one that would not comment, and one member absent.

Chairman Mancini heard from Cypress Creek Renewables about the Drinkwater Project in trying to have National Grid come to some kind of agreement, and also asking what kind of formula the Town along with the County Taxes might be on this project. They are just trying to get an idea about how much funding would be required in other areas in order to help them with negotiations with National Grid.

Upon checking with tax assessor Ms. Leigh Ann Loucks, there is not single Montgomery County Tax Assessor that knows the formula even though there is a solar farm in Nelliston. This month there will be a meeting on the County Level in order to decide what the formula will be.

Under Old Business we were informed that there had been a mix up and the wrong date had been informed to us to attend the State Meeting for all of our members. Hence none of us attended the meeting. We also need to revise our Land Use Laws for variance on Solar Farms. In discussion on a Newsletter to be sent out each month, this would be time consuming and costly. Perhaps we can place the minutes in the Pennysaver along with the Internet.

Janet Shuster's application for a Minor Sub Division was returned to her as it was not filled out correctly Discussion again on the Comprehensive Plan,

Jeff Hadcox made a motion to close at 8:10 pm seconded by Les Larsen

Melanie Shuster, Secretary

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St. JOHNSVILLE PLANNING BOARD -  February 02, 2017

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman Martha Mancini at 7 p.m. Present at this meeting was Chairman Martha Mancini, Vice Chairman George Haines, Secretary Melanie Shuster, Jeff Hadcox, Les Larsen. Absent Code Enforcement Officer, James Castrucci. From the public, Michael Mancini, John Regan of Cypress Creek Operational Sites Overview.

Minutes of January 5th meeting were read and approved. Motion to accept by Melanie Shuster, seconded by George Haines.

Chairman's Report: New York State Department is offering a Training Course on February 10th at Fulton Montgomery Community College with each person receiving one credit for completing the course. This is to start at 5 p.m. and last to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion about the Comprehensive Plan which must be updated every five years. The last time it was updated was March of 2005. Chairman Mancini thought the Plan was a good one, but the Town Board was in charge of implementing it and this never happened. The Board felt it was not worth our time and effort if this was to happen again.

Under new business: Mr. John Regan of Cypress Garden spoke to the Board that Mr. Lottman's land was on hold as National Grid's Power Station would not accommodate such a large project, but hoped the problem might be resolved in the future, as Cypress Garden thought the price of power was excessive. The Public Service Commission regulates the 25 megawatt project.

At the present time we have more than one large Food Chain inquiring about large tracts of land for building which the Town has available. They want water and sewer which at the present time the Town is unable to furnish.

The Code Enforcement Officer placed copies of (2) permits that he had issued in December in the Planning Board Communication Basket. We have asked him over and over to do this just in case a resident asks the Board about permits for various sites. Many residents ask these questions when permits are not posted and work is being done on several sites.

There was no comments from the Public. Motion to adjourn at 7:30 made by Jeff Hadcox, seconded by George Haines,

Melanie Shuster, Secretary

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St. JOHNSVILLE PLANNING BOARD - January 05, 2017

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Chairman Martha Mancini. Present at this meeting was Chairman Martha Mancini, Vice Chairman George Haines, Jeff Hadcock. Absent was Secretary Melanie Shuster, Code Enforcement Officer James Castrucci, and Les Larson. From the public Michael Mancini.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Motion made by George Haines, Seconded by Jeff Hadcock.

Chairman's Report We have asked Cypress Renewables for a copy of their soil run off statement and were assured that we would have that report by our February meeting. After the February meeting, the final reports for the Drinkwater Solar Project must be made and readied to be sent to the Montgomery County Planning Board for their consideration. Work has been done on this special use permit, but since part of our members have not been able to attend our meetings, this caused a delay.

The poultry processing plant that was issued a special use permit last year is no longer going to be built. The people who were going to operate this facility has decided not to build it at this time due to a cash flow problem they are having. They were informed that if, in the future, a decision to build a poultry processing plant, another special use permit would be required and another fee would be paid.

The Code Enforcement Officer placed copies of two (2) permits that he had issued in December in the Planning Board Communication Basket. We had asked him over and over to do this just in case a resident asked the planning board about permits for various sites. Many residents ask these questions when permits are not posted and work is being done at certain sites.

There was no old business. There was no new business.

The public did not have any issues to bring up to the planning board.

A motion to adjourn was made by Jeff Hadcock, seconded by George Haines at  7:30 pm.

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