Board approves study of go cart building and bonding of $400,000
By Margo Frink
(Town of Lenox, NY – July 9, 2012) The town of Lenox will hold a public hearing on Aug. 14 to hear comments for or against placing a one-year moratorium on gas drilling in the township.
According to town Attorney Peter Finocchiaro, the moratorium reflects protection of waters such as Oneida Lake, creeks and wells and does not prohibit current pipelines or delivery of gasoline or oil.
“What we have will not be affected; only drilling and hydrofracking,” Finocchiaro said.
The year will give board members time to “actively” educate themselves on the issue.
Lewis Point Road resident Brian Tesmer, along with his attorney John Devendorf approached the board and asked for a gate permit to be reinstated.
The issue began in 2009 when Tesmer was permitted to place a gate across a “path” near his Oneida Lakefront property to prevent others from utilizing it. Local residents involved the town and the permit was rescinded the day after Memorial Day of that year.
A civil suit began involving ownership of the so called path. The courts ruled it was not a public right of way and allowed only those with deeded rights access, of which Tesmer has and 16 others.
Codes Enforcement Officer Scott Henderson asked Tesmer if the path had an “identifiable” owner.
“I’m not looking to exclude anyone who has a right to use it,” Tesmer said.
Henderson said he would be happy to review the permit but has a lot of research to do before he can do that.
The board agreed to spend $10,500 for engineers Barton & Loguidice to evaluate the town’s highway garage to be sure the foundation can support a new roof and to study the Canastota Kart building on Route 13 to see if it will meet the needs of the highway department as a viable building to purchase.
They also passed a resolution to borrow $400,000, “if we need it,” DiVeronica said.
Town resident Cathy Stagnitti wanted to know why the board would do a study on the building on Route 13 when they are not “even sure about the highway building.”
“Why waste $10,000 if you already made up your mind?” asked village Trustee Margaret Peters.
Sena Clarke, former village clerk said in her experience “whenever the board went out to authorize bonding they had intent.”
DiVeronica said the salt being stored by the highway garage has damaged the foundation of the highway building, and the roof needs to be replaced because it won’t last another winter.
“If a roof can’t go on the building we are going to look at [purchasing] the go cart place,” DiVeronica said. He told residents if they were worried about taxes the rate would not go up because some past bonding is being paid up.
Village Mayor Carla DeShaw asked the board if it would be willing to go into a short-term lease as another option. DiVeronica said they would look at that as an option.
“Maybe the cart track won’t be feasible,” said Councilman John Hadyk. “We don’t know yet. Time is an issue right now.”
Finocchiaro said residents will not have to petition for a vote because the town will hold a mandatory referendum on the purchase of the go cart building.
Margo Frink is vice president of M3P Media LLC and publisher of the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at Margo@m3pmedia.com or 315-481-8732.