Last week, the town posted two (2) legal notices in the Observer Dispatch for Public Hearings to be held at the town offices, 8635 Clinton Street, New Hartford, NY commencing at 6:00 p.m. on June 17, 2020; one for a change in the town’s solar law and one for the proposed zoning change to accommodate a proposed project by Conifer Realty.
The notice for the Conifer development states:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the New Hartford Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to commence at 6:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter at the Municipal Building, 8635 Clinton Street, New Hartford, New York...The notice for the solar law amendment states:
Due to the current pendamic (the town’s spelling), strict requirements must be met. Participants must wear face masks and practice social distancing, no more than ten (10) persons.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a Public Hearing upon said Local Law Introductory will be held at the aforesaid address on the 17th day of June 2020, 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.Also, please notice that the legal notice for the change to the solar law states that the proposed law is available either the town clerk’s office or on the town website.
After a diligent search over several days, We are unable to find a copy on the town’s website so we called the town clerk’s office and were told they know nothing about it, but would return our call.
So, are we to assume that anyone can attend and speak to the proposed solar law zoning amendment held on the same night; same place; same time as the Conifer Public Hearing, but only 10 people will be allowed into the building for the Conifer project?
Again, we called the town clerk's office to confirm the rules and were told that's the rule ...someone will be at the door and after 10 people are let in, the door will be locked!
Contrast that with two more legal notices from other municipal governments published in this week’s Observer Dispatch.
One from the Town of Marcy that says:
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandated restrictions, all attendees will be required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth and six (6) foot social distancing will be enforced. Attendees must strictly adhere to the above and any other applicable CDC guidelines.One from Oneida County Board of Legislators:
Due to public health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the Oneida County Board of Legislators will not be meeting in-person. In accordance with the Governor s Executive Order 202.1, the hearing will be held via videoconferencing, and a transcript will be provided at a later date. The public will have an opportunity to see and hear the meeting live and provide comments in real time. The public can virtually attend the meeting by calling Mikale, Clerk of the Oneida County Board of Legislators, at 315-798-5404, to be provided a meeting identification number and password. Public comments will be accepted during the hearing through videoconference. Written comments can also be provided via email before and during the meeting to Regina Venettozzi, Chief Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Both legal notices can be viewed here!
So if the Town of Marcy is following no Executive Order and the County of Oneida is following Executive Order 202.1, just what Executive Order is Miscione following...OR...might it be just Miscione is taking advantage of a situation to lock-out town residents because he doesn’t want to deal with the feedback, but would rather just bully the town board into submission like was done at last night’s town board meeting.
Miscione needs to get his head out of his ass and start acting like he is one of 5 board members who are elected by the people to serve all the people; not just his own "desires" and those of his friends!
Disgraceful! Any town board member who sits back and allows this to happen needs to be retired!