May 9, 2011


Town of Taghkanic

Special Town Board Meeting

April 28, 2011



Town Board:

Supervisor Betty Young

Council Members: Carolyn Sammons, Richard Skoda, Larry Kadish, Joyce Thompson


Town Clerk Cheryl Rogers was unable to attend this Special Meeting. Minutes were taken and transcribed by Linda Swartz.

From Zoning Commission: (in addition to Co-Chairs Richard Skoda and Joyce Thompson)

Dennis Callahan, Jim Romaine, Naomi Davies, John Roberts, Linda Swartz


Public Audience:

Art Griffith Scott Stackpole Anna Kadish

Barbara Hermance Kent Sammons Ron Wagner

Timothy VanDam Ray Colgrove Debbie Colgrove


This Special Meeting, held at the firehouse, was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Supervisor Betty Young and turned over to Councilwoman Joyce Thompson.


Purpose: To introduce recommendations developed by the Zoning Commission of Draft Local Law #2 of 2011, Town of Taghkanic Zoning Ordinance Amendment Providing for Elimination of Soil Mining as a Conditional Use and Introduction of Small-Scale Excavation as a New Conditional Use.


Supervisor and Town Council received Draft Local Law #2 on April 20, 2011. Copies of Draft Local Law #2 were available to the public at this Special Meeting, and also available from at the Town Hall, and on the Towns website.


Public audience was informed that comments would not be heard at this meeting, but rather at the Public Hearing. The Public Hearing (see Motion below) will be held open until the June 13, 2011 Town Board Meeting, to allow ample time for public comment and input.


Supervisor Young and Councilwoman Sammons are recused from voting in this matter, necessitating a unanimous vote of the remaining members.


Members of the Zoning Commission were introduced.


Zoning Commission Member Linda Swartz presented Draft Local Law #2 of 2011 to the Town Board.


Voting Town Councilmembers Larry Kadish, Richard Skoda and Joyce Thompson had no questions at this time.



Special Town Board Meeting

April 28, 2011

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Barbara Hermance: How were setbacks addressed?

Zoning Commission: Refer to Subsection V.K.4.c.4. entitled Buffers.

Barbara Hermance: Noted that corresponding changes have been made in all relevant sections of the Zoning Ordinance in order to avoid conflicts.

Anna Kadish: Does this eliminate the conflict?

Joyce Thompson: For this particular issue, yes. A goal of the Zoning Commission is to take a forward approach with this section and with re-writing the entire code. We are not looking back and trying to fix things, but rather to see what is in the interest of the Town in terms of town-wide laws.


Joyce: Two items of business need to be conducted by the Board tonight:

1.       We need a motion to declare our intent to establish the Town Board as the lead agency for the SEQR process:

      Motion made by Larry Kadish

      Seconded by Richard Skoda

      Ayes: Kadish, Skoda, Thompson

      Nays: None

      Abstained/Recused: Supervisor Young, Councilmember Sammons

2.       We need to set a date for the Public Hearing.


o        Availability of firehouse for May 21st Public Hearing: Dennis will check and advise.

o        Time: 9:00 a.m. per suggestion by Councilmember Skoda.

o        Councilmember Sammons recommended an earlier start time for the June 13th Town Board Meeting in order to provide time for all business (paying of bills at 5:30 and Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.)

      Motion made by Larry Kadish to set Public Hearing on Draft Local Law #2 for Saturday, May 21, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. to be held in the Taghkanic Fire Hall, and continued through until the 13th of June regular Town Board Meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall.

      Seconded by Richard Skoda

      Ayes: Kadish, Skoda, Thompson

      Nays: None

      Abstained/Recused: Supervisor Young, Councilmember Sammons


Dennis Callahan suggested that we use a computer to display the maps at the Public Hearing (like a Power Point presentation). Councilmember Sammons may be able to get equipment.


Motion to adjourn: Larry Kadish

Seconded by: Richard Skoda

Ayes: Kadish, Skoda, Thompson, Sammons, Young


Meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.