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May 23, 2013

Trustees approve special use permit for distillery


• A hearing was set for Local Law No. 10 which will amend existing traffic laws to ban cars from parking in trolley stops from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “The concern was there wasn’t anything on the books regarding trolley stops, so this addresses it,” said Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh.

• A hearing was set to ban trailer parking on Fish Road by the boat launch. Tillapaugh said that she was concerned that people were filling up the small parking lot by unhooking trailers and taking up two spots per boat, one for the trailer and one for the car or truck pulling the trailer. “It really is a consistent complaint we are getting,” she said.

• A hearing was set to review an economic sustainability committee recommendation that property owners be allowed to take exemptions on increases to property assessment values based on development improvements.

“We want to try to find as much incentive as possible for people to improve their historic buildings for commercial or residential use,” said trustee Cindy Falk, who is chair of the committee.

Trustee Lou Allstadt, who is also on the committee, added, “eventually it will all come back into the tax base.”

The board also voted unanimously to declare Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 a special event weekend. The Grateful Dead legacy band Furthur will play at Doubleday Field on July 14. Because the concert weekend is now considered a special event, lawn parking and outdoor vending will be allowed.

The board also approved the purchase of a push lawn mower from Cazenovia Equipment Company in Oneonta. The $389 mower will be free, according to Tillapaugh, “thanks to most awesome moment of couponing ever.” The village had a $398 coupon with the company and will now have a $9 credit left over for a future purchase.

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