TOWN OF SANTA CLARA BOARD MEETINGS

Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, November 1, 2018, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 7:00 P.M.

Roll as follows for the Public Hearing and Regular Monthly Meeting:

    Present:
  • Marcel Webb - Supervisor
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
  • David Perry - Councilman
  • Andrew McGill - Superintendent of Highways

    Absent:
  • John Murray - Councilman
  • Thomas Kimpton - Councilman

    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Monthly meeting called to order at 7 P.M. by Supervisor Webb.

Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Planning Board recommendations have been received by the Town Board for amendments to the Town of Santa Clara Land Use Code. The recommended amendments are as follows:

Proposed amendments to the TSC Land Use Code (LUC)

Proposed Amendment #1 Current code: 3.20 DISTRICT MAP TSC Land Use Map

Said districts are bounded as shown on the map entitled "TOWN OF SANTA CLARA LAND USE MAP", which map is hereby adopted by the Town Board upon the date of enactment of this code and which together with all explanatory material thereon is hereby made a part of this code by reference.

Current Land Use Designation
TaxlDOwnerDistrictAcres
453.3-1-1.300CHR LlC MarinaR-1.32.00
453.3-1-1.100CHRlLC-CampsiteR-C-1.33.50
453.3-1-1.200Hickok, RobertR-C-1.30.57
453.3-1-7Hickok, RobertR-C-1.30.47
Proposed Map Amendment:
TaxlDOwnerDistrictAcres
453.3-1-1.300CHR llC MarinaR-C-1.32.00

Rationale: The land on which the marina is situated has been in continuous commercial use since 1929. Since it has been a commercial use and the lots surrounding it are all designate R-C-1.3, this property should also be designated R-C-1.3 to allow the continued operation of a valuable service to the community and to be compatible with the surrounding properties.

Proposed Map Amendment:
District R-1-1.3 R-1-3.2 R-1-8.5 R-1-42.7 R-C-1.3 R-C-3.2 GR H
Maximum Principal Buildings Per Square Mile 5002007515500200N/AN/A
Minimum Lot Size (acres)1.33.28.542.71.33.2N/AN/A
Minimum Road Frontage (ft)100125150200100125132060
Minimum Shoreline Lot Width (ft)1502002503001502001320N/A
Minimum Front Yard Setbacks (ft) 505075100505050050
Minimum Rear Yard Setbacks (ft) 25252525252550025
Minimum Side Yard Setbacks (ft) 25252525252550025
Minimum Shoreline and Wetland Setbacks (ft) 757575100757550075
Maximum building height (ft) 3030303030303030

Rationale: From Minutes 06-06-17: The current Land use Code specifies in Article V, District dimensional Regulations, Section 5.1 General Lot Regulations, Schedule of dimensions a minimum front yard setback of 50 f.t for R-1-1.3 and 75 ft. for R-1-3.2. The Chief Enforcement Officer (CEO) reported that due to the topography of the land in most areas of TSC, and especially properties on the Upper Saranac Lake, a 75 ft. setback is difficult to obtain. A 50 ft. setback for would be more practical (resulting in fewer variance requests and delays in construction to homeowners). Additionally, R-C-3.2 should correspond to R-1-3.2. The Board agreed that changing the front yard setbacks for R-1-3.and R-C-3.2 from 75 ft. to 50 ft. should be one of the proposed amendments to the current Land Use Code.

Proposed Amendment #4 To address shorefront issues: Decks built along the water

Current code: Dock - A horizontal platform-type structure (including but not limited to a wharf, pier or similar structure), fixed or floating and/or removable, the principal use of which is the mooring of boats or other watercraft, for storing, loading or unloading.

Proposed Amendment: Dock - ANY horizontal platform-type structure (including but not limited to a wharf, pier or similar structure), fixed or floating and/or removable, ON THE SHORELINE, the principal, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVE, use of which is the mooring of boats or other watercraft, for storing, loading or unloading.

Rationale: "Decks" have been built along the waterfront which do not conform to the land use Icode restrictions for docks. The basic premise behind restricting dock and boathouse size is to preserve as much natural waterfront as possible. Under current code these decks are not restricted because the are not docks in the traditional currently defined sense, that is they are not being used for mooring of boats or other watercraft, for storing, loading or unloading.

On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry the Board will send the proposed amendments to Michael Hill, Legal Counsel to the Planning Board, for review. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Once reviewed by Michael Hill a Public Hearing will be held before the Town Board can adopt the proposed recommendations into Local Law.

Friends of Eagle Island requested on October 16, 2018 an extension of 1 year to complete all the necessary updates to the property on Eagle Island. On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry the Board granted Friends of Eagle Island a one year extension to complete the work on Eagle Island. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Letter of resignation was received from Highway Superintendent Andrew McGill effective November 30, 2018. Andy is retiring after 20 years of service to the Town. On a motion by Supervisor Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board accepted Andy’s resignation with deep regret and sincere appreciation for the 20 years of service given to the Town. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Open Discussion

Scottie Adams asked if the Board has selected a new Highway Superintendent. Supervisor Webb advised that the Board would probably promote from within the Highway Department to fill the remaining term of office. There is an item on the Ballot for the November 6, 2018 general election for the Town of Santa Clara residents to vote on making this elected position an appointed one.

Good of the Town

Highway Superintendent Andy McGill reported that the Highway Department is ready with all the equipment for winter. The speed limit change to 35 M.P.H. was approved for the end of the Blue Mountain Road where it meets the Keese Mills road.

General Fund vouchers No. 236 to 250 in the amount of $4,603.38 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 101 to 106 in the amount of $2,682.75 were audited by the Board. Motion by Rick Lyon seconded by Dave Perry to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn at 7:20 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

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