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Call to Order / Determination of Quorum
The meeting, held at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, was opened at 7:02 pm and a quorum was
determined to be present for the conduct of business.
Planning Board Attendees:
Chair Mike Billeci
Trustee Susan Ezrati
Trustee Robin Bruno
Applicants: Gerard Hurley and Rick Hill
Ginny La Barbera, Reginald Moore, John Carmody, Gail Carmody, Brad Luse, Phyllis
Palmer, Eileen Digan, Hank Wagner, Ken McCarthy, Lester Beadle, Melinda Lowe
Chair Billeci welcomed new member Pamela Morin to the Board and thanked her for volunteering.
Public Hearing – Skate Board Ramp in Memorial Park: Chair Billeci opened the public hearing
for the proposed location of a skate board ramp in Memorial Park. He explained that a few months
ago the Planning Board voted to approve a skate board ramp in Memorial Park but did not approve
the proposed location which was in back of the Park. The Village Board has chosen a different
location which is a little east of the water tower. That new location is what tonight’s public hearing
The following comments were given by the public:
Gail Carmody, North Road:
· Liability for taxpayers
· Located near the water tower
· Skate boarders currently skating all over and have no respect
· More stunts will come
· Tremendous impact on that small spot
· Will impact quality of life
John Carmody, North Road:
· Liability for taxpayers
· Location is congested with the bus stop being there
· Village will assume the maintenance and liability
· Sheriff is not very responsive now
· Vandalism in the park area
· Who will police this?
· Will kids wear helmets?
· If kid gets hurt there, millions of dollars in liability
· Tricksters coming in possibly
· The slapping sound of the skate boards will travel
· Must consider the taxpayers in the Village
· Why is Bard removing it from their grounds?
Reginald Moore, Feroe Avenue:
· Village doesn’t have extra money for the insurance
Melinda Lowe, Memorial Drive:
· Noise issue
· Drugs, alcohol
· No law enforcement, can’t even control the Park
· Cops are called at night, they do not show up
· Has trespassers, this will bring more
· Bard students hang out by the Community Garden
· Bard students have sex in the park
· Property value of her house will decrease
· Kids have no respect for the Park
· Residential area turning into chaos
Brad Luse, North Road:
· Why was the location changed?
· Why do we need one?
Eileen Digan, Memorial Drive:
· Concerned with the policing of the skate park
· People urinate on her lawn now
· What is the recall when things don’t go well?
· Does not see a need for it, does not want it
· How will this affect her property and her peace?
· Just calling the Sheriff isn’t enough, we have to do something as a Village
· Quality of life concerns
Lester Beadle, North Road:
· Doesn’t think Tivoli is equipped for this
· Kids need to respect the Village, they won’t respect the ramp
Ken McCarthy, North Road:
· Village can’t police the Park now
· Not able to maintain the Park adequately
· Bard passing another problem on to us
· Village can’t afford the responsibility
· Don’t have it in the middle of the Village, put it out near the sewer plant
Trustee Robin Bruno, Lisa Lane:
· Thanked everyone for coming out and giving their comments
Ginger Grab moved to close the public hearing at 7:18 pm. Donna Matthews seconded. All in
favor. Motion carried.
Site Plan Amendment – 66 Broadway: The applicant Gerard Hurley wants to raise the height of
his fence on Feroe. He stated that currently kids hang out there and congregate. They jump the
fence now and try to sneak into the bar. He wants to raise the height of the fence from 4 feet to 7.5
feet. There are no sight lines. It will not obstruct anyone’s view.
Mr. Hurley also wants to relocate his propane tanks and put them in the area where his garbage is
now. The area will have a fence around it. He wants to put a 500 gallon above-ground tank on a
12’ x 12’ concrete pad and remove the two 200 gallon tanks that are currently behind the building.
The third thing the applicant wants to do is put solar panels in the land locked parcel right behind
the barn. The height will not exceed 9 feet at the highest point. The area is 60’ by 90’. The
neighbors will not be able to see them. There may be 70 panels; the panels are about 2’ x 4’.
He may not put the solar field in this year.
Ginger Grab moved to end deliberations. John Hallstein seconded. All in favor. Motion carried.
Pamela Morin moved to approve raising the height of the existing fence to 7.5 feet, moving the
propane gas tanks from the rear of the building to a 12’ x 12’ pad adjacent to the garbage and the
proposed solar area in the land locked parcel as shown on the map provided by Gerard Hurley.
Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. Motion carried.
Certificate of Demolition – 84 North Road: Applicant Rick Hill appeared before the Board with
Ginny La Barbera. The Board went through the Full Environmental Assessment Form provided by
Mr. Hill page by page.
The applicant stated it would take about five days to take the house down. A discussion followed.
Chair Billeci read the criteria for approval of a certificate of demolition from the Village Code.
Ginger Grab moved to end deliberations. John Hallstein seconded. Mike Billeci and Donna
Matthews voted yes, Pamela Morin voted no. Motion carried.
Chair Billeci stated that there is no subdivision possible of this property and that no house will be
built that is out of character house with the Village. He then read the following resolution:
Whereas the building at 84 North Road is found to be in an advanced state of disrepair, whereas the
building in its present state is a safety hazard, whereas the owner of the property is unwilling to
repair the building, whereas the building is not considered a significant resource to the Historic
Landmark District, whereas the code enforcement officer has recommended the building be
demolished, whereas no large, healthy trees will be removed, whereas the foundation and pool will
be filled and graded and replanted, whereas the driveway and garage will remain, whereas no
opposition was raised at the public hearing, the Planning Board agrees to grant the certificate of
demolition for 84 North Road.
Ginger Grab moved to accept the resolution. Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. Motion
Skate Board Ramp in Memorial Park: The Board discussed the proposed skate board ramp and
all the comments from tonight’s public hearing and the previous one held in June. They agreed it
would be a good thing for the kids. The first proposed location in the back of the Park was not
good, this location is better. A discussion followed.
Donna Matthews moved to end deliberations. Ginger Grab seconded. All in favor. Motion carried.
Ginger Grab moved to accept the proposed location of the skate board ramp. Donna Matthews
seconded. Chair Billeci and John Hallstein voted yes. Pamela Morin voted no. Motion carried.
The Board reviewed the draft minutes from the September 22, 2014 Planning Board meeting.
Donna Matthews moved to approve the minutes as presented. John Hallstein seconded. All in
favor. Motion carried.
Donna Matthews moved to close the meeting at 8:42 pm. John Hallstein seconded. All in favor.
Planning Board Clerk