End of Discussion: Speaking for council, supervisor shuts down quarry talk

After an executive session to discuss "pending or proposed litigation" June 20, the Sullivan Town Council reconvened its meeting to questioning by Tom Oot of Subdivisions Inc. Supervisor John M. Becker said only that the town received what he described as a "threatening" letter from the business that a lawsuit may be forthcoming.

Oot said June 15 he had received information that the board may reconvene to possibly amend Local Law No. 1 that, according to the town, went into effect June 8. The law better defines mineral resources and mining activities and puts decisions for mineral resource extraction operations on the town council.

The council worked to create the new law after the zoning board of appeals said it was struggling with the clarity of how the existing zoning law was written.

Oot said he believed it was not the intention of the town council that the law would affect applications in progress, but that is exactly what happened when the zoning board of appeals denied Subdivisions' appeal June 14.

Becker said the time for talk on the subject is over.

"There was time for discussion on Local Law No. 1, and no one came to the public hearing," Becker said.

No one spoke for or against the proposed law at the June 6 meeting of the town council.

"The board will hear nothing further on the matter," Becker said.

In other business

- Dep. Supervisor Bill Cole asked Town Attorney Donald Colella the protocol for the board's rescinding its decision to remove the gate on Lestina Beach Road north of Route 31. The gate has been the subject of much contention between residents in the immediate vicinity of the gate and an Ash Lane resident who said she has been unable to get through the area on her motorized mobility vehicle.

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