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During the 6-14-16 Town Board meeting, a Public Hearing was held to review potential changes to the town zoning code and get public comment. These potential changes included limiting the amount of poultry in a residential zone, set back distances from property lines for large animals, set back distances for garages, and sparking devices.

Zoning changes are not done very often. The process usually starts with the Planning Board.  This board is made up of town residents.  Their mission in this case is to work out potential zoning changes and write/mark up the current zoning code.  Once they have a product, it usually comes back to the Town Board for a clarity review.  The Town Board can approve it to move forward or suggest further changes.

Once the Town Board does approve it, it then goes into the official approval process. The state review form is completed and the changes are sent to the County Planning Board for approval.  Once approved the town conducts a public hearing on the changes.  At that point, the Town Board can approve the changes and then they become Town Law.

At this time the potential changes are just draft. We will continue to work out the changes and encourage residents who have an interest/expertise in any of these areas to get involved with the planning board to help through the process.

By now you have all seen the fireworks tents that have sprung up on almost every corner. New York State has changed the law regarding fireworks and now allows firework sales.  In the previous paragraph, I discussed how zoning changes that were considered on 6-14-16 there were some restrictions on where fireworks can be sold.  This was to reduce the fire risk and keep the sales out of residential areas.  The committee people and Town Board who develop the changes try to be proactive.  It is very difficult to make changes to the Town Code that keep everyone happy.

In the next few weeks the town wide reassessment of property will commence. You may see town employees taking pictures from the roads to update the files.  All town employees who will be taking pictures have County ID’s.  They will show you if asked.

In the past few years there has been a lot of discussion about “Project 2014” which would raise Lake Ontario water levels. Recently some petitions have been circulated locally that may be misrepresenting the facts.  If you are approached to sign a petition please be sure you read it carefully.  “Project 2014”, if approved as is, it would increase Lake Ontario water levels and cause damage to lakeshore properties.

A shredding event has been scheduled for August 6, 2016 at the Town Complex. The event is from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Each resident is allowed up to five boxes to be shredded.  There is no cost to the resident for this event.

Finally, congratulations to Allyson Wieser on achieving the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting. Great job Allie!