07-30-03: New zoning still seems an
|By TIMOTHY COX
The Daily Standard
MENDON - More than a year after it was approved, Mendon village
officials still are trying to get their zoning regulations and administration operating
Zoning inspector John Siano resigned his post at Tuesday's regular
council meeting and officials talked about ways to make residents more aware of the zoning
code and its requirements.
Siano, who actually surrendered his zoning duties more than a month
ago, made it official after council accepted his one-sentence resignation letter. Siano
then shed more light on his departure, blaming council members for not giving him
Specifically, Siano complained that village officials had not even
provided him with a zoning map. A map is necessary to properly issue building permits, he
"It's a lot of hassle. Council wasn't taking care of
anything," Siano said.
Mayor Ron Griesdorn is serving as interim zoning inspector, but several
council members wondered if people are even aware the town has zoning regulations.
Griesdorn already has issued a permit to a resident with a garage already under
construction because the person apparently did not realize they needed a building permit
before starting the work.
Griesdorn said he has no leads on a permanent replacement for Siano.
Officials plan to add a line or two to an informational sheet given out
to new residents when they get utilities hooked up. The sheet will advise new residents
that Mendon is a zoned community and that residents should check with the village office
before beginning any improvements or building projects.
Council members also briefly discussed the number of council seats and
other elected positions that will be up for re-election in November. Griesdorn said his
term expires at the end of the year and said he has not decided whether to seek
"If anybody wants to run against me, they're more than
welcome," Griesdorn said.
Three village council seats and two Board of Public Affairs seats will
be up for grabs in November. So far, no one from Mendon has filed petitions with the
Mercer County Board of Elections stating their intention to run.
In other business Tuesday, council members:
- Learned the village water treatment plant suffered damage due to a
lightning strike. Insurance will cover most of the cost but the town will pay a $1,000
- Agreed to spend about $200 to install a drainage tile under the
village park and to add new mulch to the playground.
- Learned that costs to spray for mosquitoes could be triple the usual
cost. Council members authorized the purchase of another $1,200 drum of spray after using
less than one drum all of last year.
- Held a public hearing and approved final reading of an ordinance
amending the zoning code regarding the storage of construction debris. The new provisions
prevent such material from being buried on private property.
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