Both Town Attorney Cully and Supervisor Tyksinski said the $5,000 fee was not a mistake and it would serve to keep the average person from coming to the board with their wish list of changes that they would like made for their property. However, they also thought that the large developer would easily be able to afford the $5,000 fee. They also said no one has complained about the fee...well, there's a damn good reason to charge such an exorbitant amount! The little taxpaying peons must be happy because they are quiet! Sheesh!
You have to listen to the video clip and hear the reasons behind the $5,000 fee...it is laughable. They make themselves look like total jackasses! They tried to blame River Street, the company that helped with the plan; then they tried to blame the five resident committee members that worked on the plan. Blame...blame...blame; that's the name of the game!
However, before you watch the video clip, I want to share with everyone the fee page from the updated zoning law that was provided to the public prior to the April 2014 informational meeting (which I also have videotaped) and also for the July 2014 Public Hearing when the new zoning code was adopted by the town board.
The same DRAFT copy remained on the town's website until at least February 14, 2015 according to the wayback machine internet archive. That is seven months after the adoption of the new zoning fees, the public was still led to believe that the zoning code was as contained in that document.
Here is the fee schedule presented to the public for their input:
DRAFT UPDATEClick here for a full-size pdf of the actual page downloaded from the town's website in April of 2014.
TOWN OF NEW HARTFORD, NEW YORK
March 12, 2014
(a) Request for amendment to Zoning Law, Text or Map amendment, excluding planned developments: $100.
(b) Request for amendment to Zoning Law and planned development district (over five (5) acres): $500.
So the public was led to believe that the average person could appear before the town board to request a zoning amendment for a mere $100; NOT the $5,000 fee that now appears in the town code. You will note that at the bottom of the page it says "This document represents an internal WORKING DRAFT of the Town of New Hartford and is subject to change."
Really? One small problem boys, the change needed to take place PRIOR to the town board vote to adopt the plan...NOT after!
After Wednesday's meeting it should be quite clear who changed the fees, but why and what made them think that no one would know the truth?
Word to the town leaders...my files are extensive and probably better organized than any filing system contained within the Town of New Hartford and what I don't have, I know how to get either off the internet or through FOIL.
Now without further ado, here is the video clip of the Exalted One and his town attorney (paid for by taxpayer dollars!):