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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING  TOWN OF NEW HARTFORD, NEW YORK


LOCAL LAW INTRODUCTORY “I” OF 2017
SOLAR ENERGY

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the New Hartford Town Board has introduced Local Law Introductory “I” entitled as A Local Law to Amend the Code of the Town of New Hartford, Chapter 118 thereof entitled ZONING, Section 118­-74 Solar energy systems, and Attachment 3.3 Schedule A, Permitted Uses. If adopted, Local Law Introductory “I” would repeal and replace the existing Section on Solar energy systems, and amend Attachment 3.3 Schedule A. Permitted Uses. Said Local Law Introductory is on file in the New Hartford Town Clerk’s Office, 48 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY, where it is available for public inspection during regular business hours, or may be viewed at www.newhartfordtown.com.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Public Hearing upon Local Law Introductory “I” will be held at Butler Memorial Hall, 48 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY, on the 13th day of December, 2017, at 6:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as reached in the regular course of business, and that an opportunity to be heard in regard thereto will then and there be given. Butler Memorial Hall has a barrier ­free access for the physically disabled and any such disabled person seeking transportation to said Public Hearing should contact Town Supervisor Patrick M. Tyksinski at 733-7500, Ext. 2331 during regular business hours.

Date: November 8, 2017 
Gail Wolanin Young 
 Town Clerk               




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Solar Energy Proposed Text Amendment discussed at Planning Board meeting...

The final item on last night's Planning Board agenda was a recommendation to the town board for the proposed solar energy zone text amendment.

After a few minutes of discussion, the Planning Board recommended to support the text amendments as written for Local Law Introductory "I" of 2017 Solar Energy Systems.

The next step is for the town board to hold a Public Hearing to give residents an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the current solar energy town code.

At the last town board meeting on November 8th, Councilman Reynolds recommended that the Public Hearing be scheduled for the next town board meeting. The town board voted to adopt a resolution setting the Public Hearing date for December 13, 2017.

After the Public Hearing is closed, the town board can discuss further and either adopt, change or deny the new text amendment.

For those residents interested in solar energy, here are before and after copies of the solar code for comparison:
If you have an interest in solar energy, plan to attend the public hearing on December 13, 2017 to voice an opinion or comment before the town board makes their final decision whether or not to adopt the law.

Here is the portion of the Planning Board meeting with the discussion of the proposed changes to the solar law:





2018 Town of New Hartford audit suspense...

Submissions which were received for the recently advertised Request for Proposals for the 2018 audit were discussed at the November 8, 2017 town board meeting.

Three proposals were received...EFPR Group, LLP from Williamsville, NY; The Bonadio Group from Clinton, N.Y.; and D'Arcangelo & Co. from Rome, N.Y.

D'Arcangelo has been auditing the town's finances since Tyksinski became supervisor eight (8) years ago; Tyksinski has always insisted on it.

As was the case in previous years, there seemed to be some objections from Tyksinski for the 2018 audit.

Dan Dreimiller said that EFPR Group was a good firm, but didn't go to any farther detail than that; their proposal came in about the same as the proposal from Bonadio. However, Tyksinski wondered whether using Bonadio might be a conflict of interest problem because Heather Mowat works for Bonadio and she is also President of the New Hartford Public Library.

Ha! Ha! Ha! What a joke...read General Municipal Law, Tyksinski! There is no conflict of interest with Bonadio doing the town audit. Dreimiller even said that two (2) people from the Albany office of Bonadio would be doing the audit. Got to do better than that excuse for once again hiring D'Arcangelo, Tyk!

Hmm...the suspense! What excuse will Tyksinski come up with to get the board to vote for D'Arcangelo again? Why is Tyksinski making up excuses in the first place? Will it work this time?

Hopefully, we will find out at the next meeting on December 13 which should be the last meeting conducted by Tyksinski.

In the meantime, here is the video of the November 8, 2017 town board meeting.