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Town board seeks planning board members

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Updated: 2:08 AM


For the C-S-E

FLAT CREEK -- At the Aug. 13 Root Town Council meeting, Town Clerk Sherry Eriksen issued a reminder that dog license renewals are due by August 31. Dogs four months and older must be licensed. The license fee is $5 for neutered and spayed dogs, and $13 for intact dogs.

The town council will hold a public hearing at its town offices on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. The purpose for the hearing is the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) for the proposed Santos Construction Co. project expansion in Randall. The town is the lead agency for the project. 

During public comment, spokesperson Becky Wilcox addressed the town council on behalf of property owners Alton and Harriet Mahr. Wilcox had presented a proposal for a 14-acre, single parcel subdivision on Mahr Rd. to the planning board.  

Wilcox informed the town council that the Mahrs had a closing on Aug. 22 for the sale of their farm, which could not take place unless the subdivision had been completed.

Wilcox noted a problem — the subdivision's approval hinges on a board vote, and the board will not assemble until September, when only three members will be present. A four member quorum would be required for a vote.

There are only 5 planning board members remaining, as Richard Euler’s term expired and there is currently no alternate. One of the planning board members cannot vote as he is one of the purchasers of the 14 acre parcel.  

After conferring with the town board, Attorney Bob Subik determined that the fourth planning board member could participate in the meeting and vote via telephone.

For the two planning board positions open, town residents may send a letter of interest/resume to Town Clerk Sherrie Eriksen, c/o town of Root, 1048 Carlisle Road, Sprakers, NY 12166.

The Planning Board is also reviewing a kennel application to be sure it's in compliance with the local kennel law.

Dave Klinansmith was re-appointed unanimously for another term on the town’s Board of Appeals. Lynn Russell was appointed to the Board of Ethics to complete Karl Klemme’s unexpired term, as he has moved out of the town.


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