TOWN OF SANTA CLARA BOARD MEETINGS
Minutes of Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Tuesday, August 19, 2021 at Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:00 P.M.
Roll as follows for the Regular Monthly Meeting:
- Andrew McGill - Supervisor
- David Perry - Councilman
- Richard Lyon - Councilman
- Marcel "Mickey" Webb - Councilman
- John Murray - Councilman
- Mike Hill - Special Counsel - via phone
- Scott LaMay - Superintendent of Highways
- Laurie McGill - Town Clerk
Regular board meeting called to order by Supervisor McGill at 6:00 P.M.
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 John Murray, seconded by Dave Perry to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Marina Regulations - Scottie Adams, Chairperson of the Town Planning Board, gave a brief report. "The Planning Board has been made aware of additional suggestions from the Upper Saranac Foundation and the Upper Saranac Lake Association which they need to consider for their final report to the Town Board considering recent amendments to the Town Land Use Code. The Planning Board would like to request additional time to submit a final report in order to complete their analysis of the recent suggestions from the USF and USLA and additionally recent proposed amendments to the Town of North Elba- Lake Placid Land Use Code which has many elements relevant to the Town of Santa Clara situation. I would like to point out the report was sent as proposed amendments to the Town Land Use Code and as such contained Special Use Permit regulations, commercial marina regulations and other amendments related to waterfront development." After further discussion by the Board, the Board agreed to allow the Planning Board to review the new letters received in July from USF and USLA and to submit a new report to the Board before the next Town Board Meeting.
Short Term Rental - Scottie Adams, Chairperson of the Town Planning Board, gave a brief update that the Planning Board had been working on the Short Term Rental Law and how to handle the process of registering the rental properties and enforcing the Short Term Rental Law since 2019. A report was given to the Town Board and Special Counsel to review the proposal. Mickey Webb asked Scottie Adams to have the Planning Board review the current Town Land Use Code to see if any section needs to be amended to handle some of the issues currently happening with short term rentals in residentially zoned areas.
Variance Board - Cindy Watson submitted a letter resigning from the Variance Board as she is moving out of the area. On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board accepted Cindy's resignation with regret and thanked her for her work on the Variance Board and as a poll worked for the Board of Election. She will be greatly missed. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon, the Board appointed John Briaddy to fill, with the approval of Nancy LaBombard, the vacant position and to have Special Counsel create a locale law allowing for an alternate position on both the Variance Board and the Planning Board. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Regular Meeting for September is tentatively set for Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.
If the date or time changes, it will be published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and on the Town website.
Guy Middleton, Lake Manager of the Upper Saranac Foundation, stated there was no need to change the current Land Use Code to deal with short term rentals, just enforce the code the Town currently has on Camp Iroquois. Mickey Webb advised that the Town is actively engaged in enforcing the code as written. There is a possibility of litigation so it cannot be discussed any further.
Emily Laird read a statement requesting the Town do something about her neighbor, Camp Iroquois, and also the APA decision on Lot 9 of Deerwood.
Ron Otten asked what the process was if someone is in violation of Town Land Use Code. Mike Hill, Special Council, advised that the property owners first need to be put on Notice that they are in violation. If the violations still continue, the Town Board must approval Counsel to start litigation.
Matt Norfolk asked if the Planning Board has an extended period to review the letters they did not receive in July, would more letters be allowed to be sent to the Town over the Marina Regulations. The Board advised yes additional letters can be sent. Matt also advised he was not getting the information from the Town in a timely manner. Matt was advised that after his last FOIL request he had copies of all letters the Town has received on the Marina Regulations.
Colleen Holmes, Realtor at Engel Volkers Lake Placid sees nothing wrong with what Camp Iroquois is doing at the property. She asked what they were doing wrong that need to be stopped. The Board advised large weddings and corporate events are not allowed in a residential zoned area. Dylan Duffy, also a Realtor at Engel Volkers Lake Placid and relative to the owners, sees that they are doing nothing wrong and should be allowed to operate as is.
John Brennan shared his concerns about Lot 9 in Deerwood and advised there were others who will be speaking on the topic.
Susan Carrillo Kern read a statement on her concerns regarding Lot 9 in Deerwood. She also asked if the engineer the Town hired would do a soil test. The Board advised they would not know what was done until the report from the engineer was received.
Maryann Randall read an engineer's report on lot 9 in Deerwood and shared her concerns. She asked if the Town had hired an engineer. The Board advised that they had.
Kurt Stiles former Adirondack Park Agency Representative asked the Town to assist in opposing the APA's most recent ruling on lot 9 in Deerwood. Kurt advised that the ruling was wrong and should never have been made. Mikey Webb advised that the issue was currently in the hands of the Essex County Supreme Court Justice.
Good of the Town
John Murray heard back from the Town of Waverly Supervisor on the plowing contract for the Hamlet. The cost for 2021 - 2022 will increase to $27,000.00. On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon, the Board approved the plowing contract with the Town of Waverly for the period of October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 in the amount of $27,000.00. All members voting aye. Motion carried.
John Murray asked about the garden in from of the Town Hall. It is in desperate need of weeding. Do we hire someone to take care of it or should we try to get a committee of Town volunteers to weed it? The Board decided to try to get volunteers to take care of it. Any one that wants to help tend it please feel free to contact the Town Clerk.
Rick Lyon asked if there were things that needed to be done on the upkeep of the building. There are issues with the front doors that he has noticed and wanted to know if there were other problems. There are issues with the walls and the floor. On a motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by Dave Perry, the Board agreed to hire the original engineering firm, Architectural & Engineering Design Associates, to come and inspect the building and advised what would need to be done to correct the issues. All members voting aye. Motion carried
Scott LaMay, Highway Superintendent, was absent but left the following report for the Board. Everton Road culvert has had a 5 foot extension put on, covered with shot rock and finished with fine gravel, making that spot wider for vehicle traffic. The Highway Department rented a skid steer with a Harely Rake from Taylor Rental to work on the Floodwood Road gravel section. Rental was $600.00 a day and the skid steer worked well to accomplish the job. Road salt is being delivered. This year it will be 150 tons. Second mowing of County Route 46 will be done the first part of September along with the landfill.
General Fund vouchers - No. 146 to 159 in the amount of $12,152.54 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 53 to 57 in the amount of $1,767.25 were audited by the Board. Motion by Rick Lyon seconded by John Murray to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Motion to go into Executive Session to discuss litigation matters with Special Counsel at 7:32 P.M. by Mickey Webb, seconded by John Murray. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Motion to return from Executive Session at 8:19 P.M. by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray.
All members voting Aye. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn at 8:20 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Mickey Webb. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.