TOWN OF SARATOGA
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES
April 28, 2008
Chairman Stephen Bodnar called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and led the flag salute.
Chairman Stephen Bodnar explained the Rules of the Board.
Zoning Clerk Linda McCabe called the roll: Chairman Stephen Bodnar present, Clifford Hanehan present, Thomas Carringi present, Barbara Faraone absent, Clarence Fosdick present, William Moreau present, James Burke absent/arrived at 7:40 pm. and Alternate John Deyoe present.
Also present: Town Zoning Officer Gil Albert, Town Attorney William Reynolds and Applicant Kathleen Pritty.
Due to the absence of a couple of Board members, Chairman Stephen Bodnar elevated Alternate member John Deyoe to full voting status.
Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Thomas Carringi and seconded by William Moreau to accept the minutes of the November 26, 2007 meeting as written. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, James Burke absent, Thomas Carringi aye, Barbara Faraone absent, William Moreau aye, Clarence Fosdick aye, Alternate John Deyoe aye.
Carried 6 0
Order of Business:
Kathleen Pritty #08-01
1081 Luther Rd.
East Greenbush, NY 12061
S/B/L 193.6-2-3 Lake Residential
Applicant has begun to build an addition onto her house, located at 23 Saratoga Lake Rd., Saratoga Springs, NY. The lot area is 13,549 sq. ft. and the house/camp area is 1,775 sq. ft. She would like to enlarge her kitchen and add a handicap accessible bathroom. She is applying for a front setback variance of 10, a back setback variance of 7.2 and a combined side setback variance of 12; because she cannot meet zoning regulation set back requirements. This was brought to the attention of Zoning Officer Gil Albert when the Applicant came to him for help with her builder.
Applicant Kathleen Pritty appeared before the Board and explained the history of the property, past permits and her conversation with Zoning Officer Gil Albert seeking his help and expertise with the workmanship of a contractor she had hired. It was during their conversation that she was made aware of the need to come before the Board and that she also needed to send neighbor notification letters explaining what she plans to do. She sent letters out to her two neighbors; she received one very positive response and gave a
copy of that letter to the Board, and has heard nothing from the other seasonal neighbor. She told Zoning Officer Gil Albert that Mr. Hathaway had given them a permit in 2002 and again in 2006 for a 970 sq. ft. renovation. She presented the original 2002 permit, dated 10/28/2002, to the Board stating she would like to complete the renovation but it will be smaller than the original permit; it will be for 840 sq. ft. A discussion pursued among the Board on the original variance granted and it was decided that since Mr. Hathaway gave the permit, #02-15-AD; the variance must have been given even though we have been unable to find any information from 2002 on this property. Chairman Stephen Bodnar stated he remembered someone coming before the Board on this property in the past.
Board member James Burke arrived-7:40 p.m.
Discussion continued with the Applicant explaining the changes with the house. Zoning Officer Gil Albert showed the Board on the map and with photos, the work that was started and how he thinks it can be remedied. Town Attorney William Reynolds asked if the additions that have been started are within the realm of the original permit or does it change it in any way. Zoning Chairman Stephen Bodnar stated since they dont have sufficient information in front of them, hes trying to figure out if the builder followed the variances the Board granted. Town Attorney William Reynolds asked if we researched this and Zoning Officer Gil Albert replied a permit was given in 2002 to Mary Leisner, Applicants cousin, for a 970 sq. ft. renovation. The original application stated it was needed to install a handicapped bathroom and improve the living space--the roof was caving in and leaking in the front and back porches and both porches were separating from the main house. The house has been in the family since the 1930s and no improvements had been made. They need wider spaces for a wheelchair to get around. Chairman Stephen Bodnar asked Town Attorney William Reynolds if the Board can vote to reestablish the variances granted and Town Attorney William Reynolds replied yes, they should make it official. Chairman Stephen Bodnar asked if there were any other questions from the Board; seeing none he proceeded to open the Public Hearing.
After providing Proof of Notice in The Saratogian on April 18, 2008, Chairman Stephen Bodnar opened the Public Hearing at 7:54 p.m. No one came forward; Chairman Stephen Bodnar closed the Public Hearing at 7:55 p.m.
Clarence Fosdick made a motion, seconded by John Deyoe to grant the reestablishment of the variances as requested. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye, James Burke aye, Thomas Carringi- aye, Clarence Fosdick aye, Barbara Faraone absent, William Moreau aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, Alternate John Deyoe aye.
Carried 7 0.
Old Business: Chairman Stephen Bodnar reminded everyone that voting is from 12:00 noon 8:00 p.m. tomorrow for the new town hall.
New Business: Due to Chairman Stephen Bodnar having a Fire Dept. meeting on May 19, 2008 the ZBA meeting date has been moved to May 21, 2008. Town Attorney William Reynolds will be unable to attend our next meeting, but will review applications coming before the Board with Chairman Stephen Bodnar.
Chairman Stephen Bodnar made a motion, seconded by James Burke to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye, James Burke aye, Thomas Carringi- aye, Clarence Fosdick aye, Barbara Faraone absent, William Moreau aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, Alternate John Deyoe aye. Carried 7 0.
Next meeting will be May 21, 2008.