Residents and businesses in the town of Clay will have to wait a little longer for a new sign ordinance.
The town has been working on the ordinance for over a year, trying to come up with a law that regulates signs. Town officials have been working with businesses and residents to formulate regulations that are acceptable to all involved.
“We’ve been taking input from our planning board and other areas,” said Supervisor James Rowley. “We’re in the midst of considering the input that we’ve received.”
The law, entitled Local Law No. 7, repeals Section 230.22: Signs of Chapter 230, Zoning, Article IV Supplementary Regulations and replaces it with the new proposal. Efforts to create the new ordinance began some 15 months ago when ???
“It’s been a tedious process, I’m the first one to admit that,” Rowley said. “But we really want to make sure this is done right — that the definitions and the code are understandable to all of the boards that have to utilize it, as well as provisions in the code to make sure that the things we’ve proposed are enforceable and it’s easy to work with from a planning department perspective.”
The public hearing on the sign ordinance was adjourned to the board’s Nov. 19 meeting. To view the draft of the ordinance, visit townofclay.org.
In other business:
Resident William Wilson spoke to the board about several concerns he had regarding the way the town is managed. He presented a statement to board members addressing what he saw as issues in planning, engineering and sanitation.
“Route 31 is more like a Gordian knot than a street,” Wilson said. “It’s a mess.”
He referred to the “mediocre standard for curb radii” as evidence of the town’s poor engineering.
“The lawns near the curbs are muddied up and tracked through by car wheels,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he believes towns should be eliminated.
Rowley said that he would take Wilson’s concerns into consideration and try to find answers for his questions.
The board approved a stop sign at the west intersection of Big Cone Path and Pinegate Parkway in Pinegate. Resident Joe Bowers presented an application as well as a petition with 79 signatures requesting the sign, as the children from Big Cone need to cross the street to access a new park recently installed by the town.
The move was supported by both the police and highway departments in the town.
Diane Blanchfield’s application for a special permit to operate an upscale animal boarding facility just north of the Euclid Hotel was denied.
“It’s a really innovative project, and a very attractive idea,” said Councilor Naomi Bray. “But the issues of noise and traffic brought up in the public hearing have not been resolved.”
Bray also said that, according to the town’s Northern Land Use Study, Euclid was designated an area in which no development should take place.
“Euclid and the hamlet of Clay both already have character and dimension,” Bray said. “They’re both part of the important historical background of this town. For that reason, I’m going to vote to deny the application on this site, but I hope that the applicant will consider another location in the town of Clay, because I think this is a great project.”
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.