Skaneateles: Zoning trial ends with fine

Skaneateles Town Court was in session Thursday morning and at 9:30 a.m. Justice Charles Major oversaw a trial regarding zoning violations for a property on East Lake Road.

And, what could have amounted to $36,150 in fines was reduced to $2,000 due to the court by Aug. 5.

"This matter has been ongoing for a number of years. We are at the point that it is remedied," said Terri Roney, the town's attorney on the case. "In the last six months or so, Mr. [David] Rapasadi has returned the property to the condition it was in."

Rapasadi applied for zoning board approval in April 2006 to make upgrades to the lakefront property and received a permit on May 22, 2006. According to Rapasadi, he had submitted plans for the project and once given approval the project took a year to complete and included repairs to the permanent dock and rebuilding the stairs to the water, placing a storage bench on the dock and putting up a fence around the perimeter of the property for safety.

"He had added some other things that weren't on the plan," Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams said. "He had posts in there, plus the concrete. It's all been remedied."

Discrepancies in the work that had been done were brought to the board after an architectural survey was completed to verify all the dimensions.

"I wasn't necessarily procrastinating [having the survey done] because I was trying to hide it," Rapasadi said.

Rapasadi became tangled up in the zoning violations when the contractor he was working with needed to find a way to secure the fence in the ground and chose to do so by pouring a concrete base that had not been approved. The property is a 12,000-square-foot non-conforming lot and any impermeable surface is going to make a difference in the shape of the land, according to Roney.

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