TOWN OF ESOPUS
PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
October 23, 2003

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: John McMichael
    Russ Shultis, Chairman
    Linda Smythe
    Dennis Suraci
    Kathy Weitze
    Fred Zimmer
 
EXCUSED:   Roxanne Pecora
 
At 7:03 pm, Chairman Russ Shultis called the meeting of the Town of Esopus Planning Board to order beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Russ then advised the public of the building’s fire exits, and roll call was taken.

Minutes

KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY FRED ZIMMER, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 PLANNING BOARD MEETING AS PREPARED.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.

Vouchers
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LINDA SMYTHE AND SECONDED BY JOHN MCMICHAEL THAT THE PLANNING BOARD ACCEPT ALL VOUCHERS SUBMITTED AND READ.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH PASSED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
The vouchers submitted and read were as follows:

 Kristy L. Nelson..........(9/20/03 - 10/17/03).............................................    26 Hrs.
 Daily Freeman ............(Wells/Gonce Escrow)........................................   $ 13.58
 Chazen Engineering....(Lighthouse Bluff Escrow).................................   $ 59.85
 Chazen Engineering....(ESP Escrow)......................................................   $280.58
 Chazen Engineering....(Wells/Gonce Escrow)........................................   $273.38
 Chazen Engineering....(Magliato Escrow)...............................................   $639.01

November Planning Board Meeting Date
Due to Thanksgiving and after reviewing the calendar for the Town Hall, it was agreed that November’s Planning Board Meeting would be held on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 7:00 pm.  This meeting date will be published in the Daily Freeman.
 
PUBLIC HEARING

WELLS/GONCE - (2003-024) - 4, 6 & 10 Carney Road, Union Center, NY
                             6 Lot Subdivision (Reconfigured Out of 3 Parcels)
                             Tax SBL #63.003-3-30, 31 & 32
 
Mr. and Mrs. Wells were present at this meeting.  The applicants propose the reconfiguration of three existing parcels in the R-40 district into six building lots.  Two of the existing lots are developed with one family dwellings.  KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, TO OPEN THE WELLS/GONCE PUBLIC HEARING.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates, Inc.’s project review dated October 17, 2003 for this application.  A copy of the same is on file, and a copy was given to the applicants.  Public input was called for.  None was made.  RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE, TO CLOSE THE WELLS/GONCE PUBLIC HEARING.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

Riverview

Chairman Shultis noted that all Planning Board members were copied on the Building Dept.’s letter in the Board’s correspondence concerning Riverview.  He added that the Building Dept. made a determination that the new owner of Riverview would have to come back in front of the Planning Board to address the issues with the undeveloped buildings that they want to finish.

ZBA Referrals

One (1) ZBA referral (Reis) was received this month.  The Planning Board had no comment on the same.
 
PUBLIC HEARING
 
MARTONE - (2003-27) - 1495, 1501 Main St./Route 213; 1-10 Van Wagner Road, St. Remy, NY
     Minor 2 Lot Subdivision
    Tax SBL #63.001-1-4

Carl Sumliner represented the applicant at this meeting.  This proposal is for the simple division of  23+ acres with state highway frontage and also split by a user town highway into 2 lots; one of which is vacant.  LINDA SMYTHE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY FRED ZIMMER, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR JOHN MARTONE, CASE #2003-27.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.  Chairman Shultis called for public input.  None was made.  RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.  MOTION CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
 
OLD BUSINESS

WELLS/GONCE - (2003-024) - 4, 6 & 10 Carney Road, Union Center, NY
                             6 Lot Subdivision (Reconfigured Out of 3 Parcels)
                             Tax SBL #63.003-3-30, 31 & 32
 
Mr. and Mrs. Wells were present at this meeting.  The applicants propose the reconfiguration of three existing parcels in the R-40 district into six building lots.  Two of the existing lots are developed with one family dwellings.  Chairman Shultis stated that there was some unfinished business for this application since last month the applicants requested a waiver of any topographic study.  This waiver request determination was tabled by the Planning Board until after a public hearing was held.  No public comments were made at the public hearing.  Discussion was had.  Chairman Shultis noted that Nancy Clark’s (the Planning Board’s engineer) review from last month, in addition to the topo, discussed erosion control and a grading plan.  KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD GRANT THE APPLICANT A WAIVER FOR THE TOPOGRAPHY AND GRADING PLAN ON THE LOTS.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.  Fred Zimmer felt erosion control details, like a silt fence, etc., should be placed on the map.  Discussion was had.  Fred suggested a note be placed on the map that states erosion control measures are to be implemented if and where required as well as a silt fence diagram.  Construction entrance details were also discussed.  FRED ZIMMER MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE, THAT A NOTE BE ADDED TO THE PLAT THAT SOIL AND EROSION CONTROL BE PLACED AS AND IF WHERE NEEDED;  SUCH AS CONSTRUCTION ENTRANCES AND SILT FENCE.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.  KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY JOHN MCMICHAEL, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD APPROVE CASE 2003-24 FOR THE WELLS & GONCE SUBDIVISION AND IT FIND NO SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.  THE BOARD WOULD APPROVE THIS WITH THE CHANGES JUST DISCUSSED.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.

MARTONE - (2003-27) - 1495, 1501 Main St./Route 213; 1-10 Van Wagner Road, St. Remy, NY
     Minor 2 Lot Subdivision
    Tax SBL #63.001-1-4

Carl Sumliner represented the applicant at this meeting.  This proposal is for the simple division of  23+ acres with state highway frontage and also split by a user town highway into 2 lots; one of which is vacant.  Chairman Shultis noted that there were conditions placed on this application before a public hearing was to be scheduled; i.e. a letter of credit be obtained as well as letter from Building Dept. saying all violations had been corrected.  Supervisor Rice has been in contact with Mr. Martone regarding these conditions.  A public hearing was held, however, the conditions to date have not been met.  CHAIRMAN SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE , THAT THIS APPLICATION BE TABLED UNTIL THE BOARD RECEIVES ALL THE DOCUMENTS REQUESTED.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT, EXCEPT KATHY WEITZE AND JOHN MCMICHAEL WHO VOTED NO, WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED BY A 4-2 VOTE.  Carl Sumliner was advised to get and submit to the Planning Board a letter from the building dept. indicating that all zoning and building violations have been satisfied as well as obtain a letter of credit regarding the razing of the uninhabitable building on the property.  Fred Zimmer felt the road right-of-way should be deeded to the Town.  Chairman Shultis noted that the applicant did not want to deed the road, thus they put in the 25’ reserve as per the code.
REFORMED CHURCH OF PORT EWEN, INC.  - (2003-019)  - 160 Salem St.; 159 Hasbrouck Ave., Port Ewen,
               NY
              Site Plan
              Tax SBL #56.059-6-5

At this time, Board Member Dennis Suraci, whose firm represents the applicant, excused himself from the Board.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates’ last project review regarding this application.  It was noted that the necessary variances were obtained, the Ulster County Planning Board’s response was ‘No County Impact with Non-Binding Comments’, and the Planning Board waived holding a public hearing on this application.  KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY FRED ZIMMER, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD APPROVE THE SITE PLAN FOR THE REFORMED CHURCH OF PORT EWEN.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 5-0 VOTE.  Maps were signed.

SMITH - (Case #2003-30) - 1694 Broadway, West Park, NY
         Site Plan Amendment - Parking Expansion
        Tax SBL #80.001-3-7

No representation present at this time in the meeting.  Application tabled until later in the meeting when the applicant and his representative were present.

YMCA OF KINGSTON - (2003-009) - 111 Burleigh Road, West Esopus, NY
            Conditional Use Permit
            Tax SBL #79.001-1-11 & 12

Two representatives for the ‘Y’ were present at this meeting.  This proposal is to re-activate the old 4H camp on the New Paltz town boundary.  Copies of the Zoning Board of Appeals’ Findings and Conclusions regarding variances granted to this applicant were given to Planning Board members.  Area variances for parking and side yard setback were granted.  It was noted that the applicant’s map would have to be revised to show the required parking as determined by the ZBA.  In addition, it was noted that the Town of New Paltz has been kept up to speed on this proposal, but since this is considered a Type 2 action under SEQR, a coordinated review is not required.  Dennis Suraci questioned the note on the plat about one of the buildings being used as a residence.  This note was taken from the Town’s Code Book.  Chairman Shultis stated that, at this point, there are no provisions for a caretaker on site.  Dennis then asked about lighting and foot candles.  The ‘Y’’s rep noted that, at this stage of the project, they had not yet selected any lights.  They will look into this, pick lighting, and provide cuts for next month’s meeting.  There will be no lighting for the parking.  Dennis Suraci also asked that the ‘Y’’s engineer locate the silt fence on the map.  FRED ZIMMER MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE, TO SCHEDULE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE YMCA OF KINGSTON, CASE #2003-009, FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2003, AT 7:10 PM WITH THE CONDITION THAT REVISED MAPS BE SUBMITTED SHOWING THE ADDITIONAL PARKING AND THE LOCATION OF THE SILT FENCE.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
 
SMALL - (Case #2003-028) - 92 & 106 Hardenburgh Rd., Union Center, NY
           3 Lot Subdivision
           Tax SBL #63.03-7-12.1 & 13.13

Mr. Small and Todd Schroeter were present at this meeting.  The applicants propose the reconfiguration of two adjacent flag lots in the R-40 district, totaling close to 65 acres, into three parcels of 49, 8 and 6 acres apiece.  The proposal would create two flag lot access strips abutting one another.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates project review.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to Mr. Small.  Letters from Planning Board attorney Peter Graham and Dean Palen of the Ulster County Health Dept. pertaining to a ‘no subdivision’ note on the prior Rower and Clark subdivision plat which involved one of the lots in this proposal were reviewed.  Discussion was had, and the Rower and Clark subdivision map was reviewed.  It was the Planning Board’s feeling that this note was a standard note that the Health Dept. required at that time.  All Planning Board members agreed that if the adjacent owners’ consented to this application in writing, this proposal would be doable.  Mr. Small and Mr. Schroeter agreed to this request.  The waiver issues for adjacent flag lots and the length of the flag lots were acted upon.  KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY DENNIS SURACI, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD WAIVE THE FLAG LOT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SHARED DRIVEWAY AS SET FORTH IN ZONING CODE 123-21.D(5) and (6).  ALL MEMBERS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF RUSS SHULTIS, WHO ABSTAINED, VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 5-0-1 VOTE.  Todd Shroeter submitted a driveway cut form approved by Art Cross of the Highway Dept.

CITIVISION - (2003-004) - 126 Carney Road, Rifton, NY
                     Site Plan Amendment - New Chapel/Multi-Use Building
                     Tax SBL #63.003-3-17 & 18

Attorney Joseph Pisani and Citivision Camp Director Chris Kotsogiannis represented the applicant at this meeting.  The applicant proposes the construction of a 17,700 sq. ft. chapel and multi-purpose building on the site of the existing Citivision camp in Rifton, NY.  It was noted that a letter dated Oct. 8, 2003 was received by the Planning Board from Attorney J. Pisani requesting an adjournment of this pending application to prepare plans to reduce the size of the proposed building.  In addition, Citivision will be proposing and filing the necessary applications to fully enclose and air condition the Chapel pavilion and the covered basketball court so that any sounds emanating from both of these structures would be almost entirely eliminated.  A letter from Architect Steven R. Fry regarding the construction of the multi-purpose building and sound proofing was an attachment to Mr. Pisani’s letter.  Joe Pisani elaborated more on his letter and formally requested an adjournment of the pending application to prepare and submit new plans which will entail the enclosing of the two other structures and also the reduction in size of the multi-purpose building.  Joseph Pisani then submitted to Chairman Shultis a copy of the judge’s decision on the two (2) charges that were pending in the local Town court that dismissed them.

MAGLIATO - (2003-010) - 11-17 Jordan Road, Rodman’s Lane, Ulster Park, NY
       Minor 2 Lot Subdivision
       Tax SBL #63.002-4-20

Applicant Dave Magliato was present at this meeting.  This application is for a minor 2 lot subdivision of a 7.4 acre vacant parcel in the R-40 district.  At this time in the meeting, Chairman Shultis excused himself from the Board for this application due to the fact that he is an adjoining property owner.  Board member Fred Zimmer took over this portion of meeting.  Fred reviewed Shuster Associates project review.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to Mr. Magliato.  Handwritten, faxed notes from Nancy Clark on her Sept. 25 letter were reviewed item by item.  The notes were in response to the applicant’s recent 3 sheet drawings submission by Lous DuBois, PE.  It was noted that a driveway profile was not provided for Lot 1, vegetative buffers were not shown on new submissions, silt fences instead of hay bales should be used for soil and erosion control, silt fence is to be downgradient along the contour, not crossing contours, and stabilized construction entrances are required for each lot.  In conclusion, items 3 and 5-12 of Nancy Clark’s 9/25/03 letter need to be addressed further.  In addition, the applicant was advised to address this letter with a written item-by-item response.  Fred Zimmer requested that a copy of Nancy’s latest comments be given to Art Cross, the Highway Superintendent.  The matter of requiring the applicant to provide a rectangular strip of land for dedication to the Town for possible future road extension to the adjacent property that abuts Ulster Ave. was discussed.  Dave Magliato stated that he was thinking about offering for sale a 25’ strip to the adjacent property owner (Russ Shultis) with a restriction that only a driveway would be allowed into his property.  Dennis Suraci felt that if this sale went through, Section 107-21.C(2) of the Town’s Code would go away.  At this time, Dennis Suraci read a letter received from Highway Superintendent Art Cross dated Oct. 6, 2003 which stated that he recommends, as in the past, that all future dead end roads be installed to the extreme far side of the property.  In addition, Art felt, if a town road isn’t warrantable at the time, then a paper street be put in place and deeded to the Town.  A copy of the same is on file.  Neighbor Russ Shultis stated that he had a verbal agreement with Mr. Magliato to purchase a 50’ x 70’ parcel at the end of Jordan Lane which could be restricted to a driveway.  This parcel would not be a buildable lot; it would be conveyed to Russ and added to his other properties.  Mr. Magliato believed the parcel size agreed to was 25’ x 70’.    Dave Magliato was advised to decide what he would be doing with his property regarding the above matter and address the engineers’ comments as discussed this evening.

SMITH - (Case #2003-30) - 1694 Broadway, West Park, NY
         Site Plan Amendment - Parking Expansion
        Tax SBL #80.001-3-7

Applicant Richard Smith and his Draftsman, Charlie Wesley, were present at this meeting.  It was noted that the Ulster County Planning Board’s referral response was ‘No County Impact with Non-Binding Comments’.  At this time, Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates project review for this application.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to the applicant.  Kathy Weitze disagreed with the County’s comment for additional landscaping.  She felt the site was nice as is and trees would hide the restaurant.  Fred Zimmer agreed.  Russ Shultis asked the applicant to consider shielding the existing lights on the building if possible.  LINDA SMYTHE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD ACCEPT THE SITE PLAN MAP AND GRANT APPROVAL.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.  Maps were signed.

LIGHTHOUSE BLUFF - (2003-015) - 240-280 River Road, Ulster Park, NY
           Major 7 Lot Subdivision
           Tax SBL #64.003-2-12

A representative for Lighthouse Bluff was present at this meeting.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates project review on this application.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to Lighthouse Bluff’s rep.  It was noted that a letter was received from Robert Canino dated Oct. 15, 2003 which states he is in an agreement to accept the lands proposed to be conveyed to him by the lot line adjustment that would take place with the subdivision of the lands surrounding his home.  A letter from Nancy Clark of Chazen Engineering, the Planning Board’s engineer, dated Oct. 10, 2003 was also received regarding the applicant’s latest submissions.  Lighthouse Bluff’s representative noted that Nancy Clark wanted him to point out to the Board that they have reduced the flow to the undersized 12” pipe, which is not on their property being offered to the Town.  Chairman Shultis noted that the Town Board did discuss the conveyance of land to the Town that adjoins Lighthouse Park, but there were some reservations.  Chairman Shultis advised Lighthouse Bluff’s rep. to address the Town Board regarding this concern.  He noted that he would after he gets something in writing.  Linda Smythe asked about a safety issue and suggested possibly having one way in and another out.  It was the Board’s feeling that due to the terrain, this would not be possible and note that only 7 lots were being proposed.  Discussion was had about scheduling a public hearing.  Kathy Weitze felt it would be unfair to postpone holding a public hearing due to indecision by the town.  KATHY WEITZE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY FRED ZIMMER, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD SCHEDULE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR 7:20 PM ON THE 24TH OF NOVEMBER, 2003.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT EXCEPT FOR RUSS SHULTIS WHO ABSTAINED, VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  BY A 5-0-1 VOTE, THE MOTION CARRIED.  Discussion was had pertaining to the shared driveway.

ESP LAND DEV., INC. - (2003-008) - 75-77 Ulster Avenue, 1-5; 7-8 Fawn Meadows Road, Ulster Park, NY
             Minor 4 Lot Re-Subdivision
            Tax SBL #63.004-3-11.34

A representative of Brooks & Brooks, PC, was present at this meeting for the applicant.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates project review for this application.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to the applicant’s representative.  A memorandum from Brooks & Brooks to the Town of Esopus Planning Board dated October 23, 2003 was submitted requesting that the Planning Board waive the need for a biological survey to confirm and locate any actual endangered swamp plants present on the property.  Chairman Shultis then noted that as a result of comments made on page 6 of the full SEQRA Report of the Phase 1 Archaeological Investigation, the Planning Board does not need to have the applicant pursue any further archeological studies.  RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD WAIVE THE REQUIREMENT FOR A BIOLOGICAL STUDY BASED UPON MAP #6 IN THE ARCHEOLOGIST REPORT PREPARED BY DR. J. DIAMOND.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THIS MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.  The applicant’s representative noted that they are still working on the engineering details and fully expect to have them ready for the November meeting.  Chairman Shultis noted that on page 5 of the archeologist’s report it noted that there were areas of standing water in the woods and fields around the pond in late Sept. and early Oct., therefore, Russ was giving serious consideration to requiring a notation be placed on the map that states no further subdivision of those two (2) lots.

LERNER - (2003-16) - 137 Martin Sweedish Road, West Esopus, NY
              Reconfiguration of 2 Parcels; Minor Subdivision
              Tax SBL #71.003-5-21 & 27

A letter from the applicant’s representative dated 10/23/03 was faxed to the Town Hall, requesting that this application be kept open with no action to be taken at this month’s meeting since they were currently trying to find a new surveyor/engineer.

NEW BUSINESS
 
HARE - (2003-31) - 1628 Route 213; 130 & 142 Carney Road, Rifton, NY
         Lot Line Adjustment
         Tax SBL #63.003-3-4.1, 4.1 & 12

Mr. & Mrs. Hare were present at this meeting.  The applicants are proposing a reconfiguration of two abutting parcels, and a conveyance of land to their neighbors.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates project review for this application.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to the applicants.  It was noted that Shuster Associates’ comment regarding the transferring of parcels greater than the minimum required area must be treated as a minor subdivision and a public hearing must be held was in error confusing the Town of Hurley regulations with the Town of Esopus’.  No public hearing would be required in this particular case.  Chairman Shultis noted that there are no violations regarding the lot that has two (2) dwellings on it; it is grandfathered and all required c/o’s are in place.  Kathy Weitze asked about highway permission for Route 213 as well as Carney Road.  Mr. Hare noted that Route 213 access exists; and Roger Sexton, the neighbor whom the land conveyance would go to, has spoken to Art Cross, the Highway Superintendent, about the driveway cut on Carney Road.  It was noted that the Sextons currently have access through a right-of-way agreement and this just offers them an opportunity to have deeded access if the need arises.  The Wallkill Valley Land Trust was discussed.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION CODE 107-16A, RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD WAIVE THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS APPLICATION, FIND A DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE (NEGATIVE DECLARATION) PURSUANT TO SEQR, AND GRANT CONDITIONAL FINAL APPROVAL WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE APPLICANT REVISES THE MAP TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1.  A SITE LOCATION MAP,
2.  A BULK ZONING REG. BLOCK,
3.  A CONSENT TO FILE BLOCK WITH ROOM FOR THE FOUR SIGNATURES, AND
4.  A PLANNING BOARD SIGNATURE BLOCK

ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
 

THORPE/INDELLICATO - (2003-025) - 117 Old Post Road, West Esopus, NY
                                    4 Lot Subdivision
                                     Tax SBL #71.004-4-19

Charles Thorpe was present at this meeting.  Chairman Shultis reviewed Shuster Associates’ project review for this application.  A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to Mr. Thorpe.  Charles Thorpe submitted a revised application clearing up the authorization to act situation and noted that he would have his surveyor clear up the title block and change the scale of the map.  Chairman Shultis requested that Charles Thorpe go to the Building Dept. and make sure there are no outstanding zoning code or building code violations on the property.  Charles Thorpe stated that he knew there weren’t any code violations due to the municipal title search that his attorney did on the property.  Russ Shultis requested Charles Thorpe get confirmation of the same in writing from the Building Dept.  Next, Chairman Shultis asked about driveway permits.  Mr. Thorpe indicated that he has the permit for the existing driveway, but the County Highway Dept. wants to speak with his engineer to review what the grade plan would be and the feasibility of putting a driveway in to the third lot.  Charles Thorpe was advised that the Planning Board would be looking for something on record from the County Highway Dept. for the access on Lot 3 and the proposed access on Lot 2.  In addition, topo and physical land features need to be shown on the map as well as proposed well, septic, and house for Lots 2 & 3.  The Planning Board had concerns about wetlands and requested confirmation from the DEC that they had no concerns.  Site location, a bulk zoning reg. block, owner’s consent to file block and a Planning Board approval block also need to be placed on the map.  Mr. Thorpe was reminded to scale the map up to 1” to 100’.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

Presubmission - Schneider

Mrs. Schneider explained that she would like to open up a women’s exercise studio in the building that formerly housed a bike shop on the corner of Route 9W and Esopus Ave. in Ulster Park.  The Building Inspector told Ms. Schneider that this was a permitted use, but she would need site plan approval.  Chairman Shultis explained to Vera Schneider what a site plan entailed such as parking, lighting, signage and suggested she review the site plan code found in the zoning code.  Ms. Schneider was advised to look to the Building Dept./Zoning Enforcement Officer for guidance on the number of parking spaces that would be required and check into the septic system adequacy.

Correspondence

A list of monthly correspondence received by the Planning Board was given to each Board member and reviewed.

Planning Board Membership Terms

Chairman Shultis noted that the Town Board has requested recommendations from the Planning Board for next year’s appointments to the Board.  It was noted that the Chairmanship and Dennis Suraci’s term were up as of 12/31/03.  The Planning Board recommended that Russ Shultis continue as Chairman and Dennis Suraci be reappointed.

Adjournment
WITH NO OTHER BUSINESS PENDING, FRED ZIMMER MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, TO CLOSE THE MEETING.  ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MEETING ADJOURNED.

        Respectfully submitted,

        Kristy L. Nelson
        Secretary