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Spafford to hire attorney, code officer

The Spafford town board meets on Jan. 9. From left: Councilor Jeff Ireland, Councilor Lou Hanlon, Supervisor Mary Bean, Councilor Dave Venezia and Councilor Chris Fesko.

The Spafford town board meets on Jan. 9. From left: Councilor Jeff Ireland, Councilor Lou Hanlon, Supervisor Mary Bean, Councilor Dave Venezia and Councilor Chris Fesko. Photo by Joe Genco.

Bean said she would like the committee to investigate the possibility of the Spafford acquiring land for a new park, possibly on the waterfront of either Otisco of Skaneateles Lake.

Town to discuss zoning laws, comprehensive plan

Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Kathy Bragg-Adams reported that the zoning board would like to make changes to several parts of the zoning law to correct inconsistencies and technical issues.

Bragg-Adams said that the board would also like to get started on writing a town comprehensive plan. Having a comprehensive plan is highly recommended by the state and Spafford is one of the few towns that does not have one.

The plan would be a document of about 10 pages that would be built around community input and would help give direction and “community voice” to zoning laws. Though Bragg-Adams did not ask for the board to approve any expenses, the plan would eventually require the assistance of a lawyer before it could be approved, she said.

A number of residents in the town have said that the way zoning laws are enforced has been inconsistent in the past and amending zoning laws as well as drafting a comprehensive plan could help correct those issues, Bean said.

“It’s an issue of fairness,” she said.

In other business:

—Tanner made a recommendation that the board move forward with tearing down the house at 66 Spafford Landing. The building, which is unoccupied, is in danger of falling down and causing safety or environmental problems in the area, he said.

Complaints about the building date back to 2004. In October 2012, the board gave the property owner 45 days to correct the issues, though nothing was ever done. The cost of the demolition could be levied on the property tax bill, though the town needs an attorney to advise them on how to best proceed with the process.

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