TOWN OF ESOPUS
WATERFRONT ADVISORY BOARD
NOVEMBER 30, 2010
MEMBERS PRESENT MEMBERS EXCUSED
Kathie Quick - Chairperson Don Cole
Bill Benson Kathy Weitze
Michael Minor - Liaison to Planning Board Eli Schloss
Carol Carson Tomassetti
Donna McAuley - Liaison to Town Board
Kathie called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
Marion made a motion to accept the minutes from Oct. 26, seconded by Bill, approved by all.
Mike make a motion to approve the secretary’s pay voucher, seconded by Rosemarie, approved by all.
Donna announced that at the last Town Board that Carol Carson Tomassetti was appointed to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Mike Richardson, which will expire Dec. 31, 2010.
Kathy, Marion and Don also have terms that expire Dec. 31, 2010. Kathie has spoken with both Kathy and Marion, who have indicated that they would like to remain on the Board, as well as new member Carol. Kathie will contact Don.
Kathie stated that the new brochure is near completion. Jen Barrows took training classes through Pace University that included mapping. This information will be used to update the current maps on file and be helpful to the Planning Board .
Don was absent from this meeting and therefore there was nothing to report.
Mike reported that the Esopus Lakes/Silver’s Project for a planned urban development along Route 9W may be starting up again. There was a general discussion about what the project entailed and a brief history of what has already transpired.
Also, there is a property owner on Tilden Street that wants to convert a one family residence in to a two family residence. The issues are the size of the lot with respect to the R40 zoning. A one family requires 40,000 sq. ft of property and a two family requires 60,000 sq. ft. of property.
Most homes in that area do not meet the current zoning requirements with respect to lot size but have been grand fathered in. The property owner has adjacent property but still would not meet the current zoning requirements. A zoning variance would need to be requested.
Kathie and Mike spoke about the benefits and drawbacks of both dredging and non-dredging. If the dredging continues to remove the PCBs from the water bottom it will also, to some extent, stir them up into the water itself. If there is no dredging, PCBs will also be stirred up with the natural movement of the water that will result in high and low peaks. In the long run, dredging seems to be the most logical, however, the time should be taken to research for the best choice.
It has been mentioned that there is a rumor that KOSCO may be leaving Port Ewen. There was a discussion regarding same and the question of who would be responsible for cleaning up the vacated site was raised. It was suggested that perhaps the Waterfront Advisory Board should send a letter to DEC about said rumor.
Rosemarie asked about Chester II. Donna indicated the harvester was ready to go and that there are now three (3) people who have been trained and are qualified to operate it. There was talk that the Town is considering leasing it out to other waterfront municipalities. Our people would operate the harvester. Should the leasing option be realized, Mike asked Donna to ask John Coutant what role he would expect the Waterfront Advisory Board to take with respect to the organization of same. Marion mentioned that the Town will be celebrating it’s Bicentennial in 2011 and is very important that the chestnuts be taken care of prior to the July waterfront events.
The next meeting will be held on January 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
Rosemarie made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 pm, seconded by Mike, approved by all.
Karyn E. Grieco
Dec. 2, 2010