Town of Esopus Zoning Board of Appeals

JANUARY 20, 2009

Chairman Don Cole called the meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Esopus to order at 7:30 p.m.

The Pledge to the Flag followed.

ROLL CALL

Present: Don Cole, Chairman, Karl Wick, Vic Barranca, Kathy Kiernan, Joe Guido, and Linda Smythe. 

Absent: Rob Hare

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

VIC BARRANCA MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS WRITTEN. JOE GUIDO SECONDED. ALL PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR. 

APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS

KARL WICK MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE VOUCHER FOR SECRETARIAL WORK AND THE VOUCHER FOR THE DAILY FREEMAN. VIC BARRANCA SECONDED. ALL IN FAVOR.  

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Chairman Don Cole called applicant Klyne Esopus. No one appeared.

Chairman Don Cole Called applicant Bradley Valentine. He was present.  The Chairman requested that he present his application to the Board.

Mr. Valentine stated that he resides at 1113 Rt 9W in Esopus. Mr. Valentine had previously sent pictures for the Board to review. Currently he lives in a log cabin that sits back off the road approximately 75 or 100 feet or so. He started construction in 2004 and completed the house in 2005. At this time, he is requesting to build a shed (garage) on the property. There is an existing shed there. At this point, I have outgrown that. Where that shed it presently, I would like to replace it with a garage to put vehicles inside and have a little workshop. This pictures that I have presented show what it looks like now. It is back off the road. As far as elevation there is a big kind of expanse, there is a picture of a garage similar to the one I will build, and how it will fit right in there.   

Karl Wick asked if the simulated picture is put in five feet from the property line. Mr. Valentine said that the pictures is more than five feet off the line.  ”The plot map shows it at least five feet back. It is further back then it needs to be, but that is the way that it fits in there nicely. I can still leave that row of trees out by the road; it blocks it a little bit.  I do have room to play with, but I would not want it right on the road. It does sit high so I do not really hear any of the road noise.  There is a marker, further down the hill, that I allowed the State to erect about 15 year ago, it is a small memorial.”

Don Cole stated that the property sits high and the proposal will not be an obstruction or hazard to anyone. How big will the garage be?

Mr. Valentine stated that he is debating between two plans. It will be 26 x 36 or 24 x 36. Don asked the dimension for the 9W side. Bard stated 26 feet. Thirty-six coming into the property. This would allow room for two bays and the third bay with no door for storage and shop area. The peak of it would run like a “T” along 9W.

Joe Guido asked Mr. Valentine to explain the plot plan and the property layout was discussed.

Joe asked why the building could not go back further. Mr. Valentine explained that there are utility lines, and then here is a flat area that slopes down to a rolling hill. Also, there is a septic tank in that area. Joe stated that his biggest problem was the building being so close to the property line. Bard stated that by putting the building that close to the road if there is any noise I am less likely to bother any neighbors because I am out closer to the roadway.

Vic Barranca asked Mr. Bradley if he would be 5 feet from the property line. No, I can come back more, all I did was draw a minimum so you will see the shed will sit at least five feet off the property line. It is about a 50 x 50 area so I have room to shift it back and forth. I have already consulted all my neighbors. This will be a permanent structure.

Karl Wick questioned the right of way for the phone lines. It is very vague.  It is an unspoken right of way.

Mr. Valentine invited the Board to visit his property and provided his telephone number.      

Joe Guido requested that at the Public Hearing Mr. Valentine provide pictures as to why the shed could not be moved further back. Pictures of the terrain, reasons why this shed could not be moved back to what the regulations call for. Specific to this garage.

Mr. Valentine stated, and pointed out on the plot plan, where his electric runs underground. Another reason that the shed could not be moved back. This was dictated by Central Hudson where the lines had to go.  Possibly, I have pictures of the buried electric service.

Karl Wick stated that the Board needs very good reasons to grant variances.

Mr. Valentine stated that he understood that but it would cause financial hardship to place the garage somewhere else.

Joe Guido asked when the property was surveyed. The survey of this property was 2005.

Brad said he would take pictures of the slope. See if he could get pictures of the electric service. If there is anything else please give me a call, and come visit the property. Joe asked him to bring a drawing or picture, more specific, of how the shed is going to look. Brad agreed that the garage should compliment the house.

February 17th, 2009 Public Hearing.

Don Cole called the Esopus Klyne Museum again. No one appeared.

OTHER BUSINESS

Joe Guido asked about the other variance for Stewarts Shops that was left outstanding. The Board was informed that the Building Inspector determined that the variance was not required and a letter has been sent to Stewarts.

Joe also stated that in the Zoning Ordinance under “billboards” when you take a billboard down completely it cannot be put back up.  Recently, a billboard has been taken down completely, moved further back and new forms poured. Joe stated that it should be addressed for the future.  Don Cole will address this issue with Tim Keefe, Building Inspector.

Don Cole made a motion to adjourn. Linda Smythe seconded. All in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Henry

Zoning Board Secretary