Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Let the Sunshine...Part 2

Many town residents have probably never attended a Planning Board Meeting so we thought that since there happened to be a "Special" Planning Board Meeting scheduled during Sunshine Week, we would audiotape the meeting (an mp3 file; you will need Windows Media Player to hear the audiorecording of the meeting) so everyone could get an idea of just what happens at these meetings.

As luck would have it, this turned out to be a meeting that we recommend everyone listens to...it's only about 22 minutes.

As a prelude, the meeting was held today, March 18, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. in the New Hartford Library. According to the agenda:
Mr. Dong Min Chen, Preliminary/Final Site Plan Review for a proposed restaurant at The Avenue/K Mart Plaza, 431-4645 Commercial Drive, New Hartford in the former Blockbuster Video building. (Property owned by Goodrich New Hartford, LLC, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey). Area Variance for 83 parking spaces was reviewed at the Zoning Board meeting of February 25, 2008.
Planning Board members include Hans Arnold, Chairman; Jerome Donovan; Peg Rotton; Ellen Rayhill; Rodger Reynolds; & Robert Imobersteg. Also present were Dominic Pavia and Mr. Dong Min Chen.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of allowing internal traffic control by the New Hartford Police Dept. so they can enforce the 4-way stop sign that will be added in conjunction with the proposed restaurant that is on private property. According to Hans Arnold, there are already other commercial properties where an agreement has been signed with the Town allowing for traffic control by NHPD on private property...Consumer Square was one commercial property that has an agreement with the town according to Mr. Arnold.

A unanimous vote took place for the Final Site Review plan with an amendment calling for the land owner to present a letter to the town board requesting that a local town law be passed to allow the NHPD internal traffic control on private property.

All town laws require a public hearing and we will keep you informed of the date of that hearing in case anyone wants to comment on the New Hartford Police Department handling traffic control on private property.

By the way, you don't want to miss some of Hans Arnold's parting remarks (an mp3 file; you will need Windows Media Player)...Have to ask yourself...just what is it that the staff didn't agree with Mr. Arnold on?

Let the Sunshine...

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