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Skaneateles Town defers mining laws to Feb. 7 meeting

Twenty residents of the Sheppard Settlement area were in attendance at Thursday night's meeting where the town board was expected to introduce proposed laws 2008-A,B,C and D. However, some board members had not had adequate time to review the bills, so the introduction was once again tabled until the next meeting.

The laws are available for the public to review at Town Hall and links to pdf versions of the laws can be found at the bottom of this story.

2008-A is a repeal of the open pit mining overlay district.

2008-B seeks to correct deficiencies in the current open pit mining district and provide protection for neighbors to the mines. Town Supervisor Phil Tierney said the previous laws contained ambiguous language that created setbacks rather than zoning boundaries and the town does not have authority to create setbacks. Only the DEC has this authority.

2008-C will allow mining in the town in a floating zone, which will replace the special permit process currently in effect. This will provide an opportunity for new mines to be approved under special standards and Tierney invited the Sheppard Settlement residents and others to review the standards to see what they call for.

2008-D is a repeal of the open pit mining overlay district, similar to 2008-A but also provides a grandfather clause for pending mining applications.

Tierney said that these laws were proposed to create a range of options for the board to review and decide what is best for the town and its residents.

A public hearing will be scheduled after the introduction of the proposed laws.

Here are the links to the proposed laws:

http://cnylink.890m.com/Local_law_2008_A.pdf

http://cnylink.890m.com/Local_Law_2008_B.pdf

http://cnylink.890m.com/Local_law_2008_C.pdf

http://cnylink.890m.com/Local_law_2008_D.pdf

Other Town News:

Feb. 1 will be the last day to enter the transfer station without a permit. David Newell said that there have been incidents of people entering the transfer station and making excuses to why they did not have a permit, which he was skeptical of. After Feb. 1, vehicles without a permit will be sent out.

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