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07-30-03: New zoning still seems an unknown

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 smoothly.
    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 necessary support.
    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 said.
    "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 re-election.
    "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 insurance deductible.
    - 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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