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Spafford adopts hydrofracking ban

Town board unanimously approves amendment to local law

— Resident Anne McElroy expressed her gratitude to the board for the hard work put into writing the law, particularly considering Spafford has two watersheds it is protecting with the legislation. “You’ve outdone some of the other towns in this area,” she commented.

While the board did not take questions during the hearing, resident Suanne Hopkins shared some concerns. For instance, on concern relates to the fine amount if the law is violated, which “seems a little low” considering how negatively hydrofracking is regarded by the community, she said.

The fine amount is set at no more than $2,500 or imprisonment for up to 10 days, or both, for a first offense. Subsequent offenses within three months are subject to a fine of no more than $5,000, imprisonment up to 30 days or both.

Despite any questions about the law, Hopkins also lauded the board for its diligence.

“Thank you very much for doing this law and what is best for us,” she said.

At the close of the public hearing, a motion was made by Councilor Chris Fesko and seconded by Councilor Ken Lieberman to approve and adopt the local law. The vote was unanimous.

To read the town zoning ordinance, log onto townofspafford.com/documents.

Also at the meeting:

—Stevens updated the public on the debilitated structure issue on the Fesko property at Borodino Landing, saying the situation had been rectified.

“Mr. [Chip] Fesko took it upon himself to take care of it,” Stevens said.

The issue was brought before the town board in summer 2011 and again this past June by resident Joe Vecchio who demanded action be taken by the town before a resident got hurt from debris and nails in the waters of Skaneateles lake where the public often swims.

With the exception of a concrete slab foundation, the building has been demolished and property cleaned up. According to documentation from the codes department, the building was removed sometime prior to July 5.

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