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Clarkstown Accessory Apartments and Town Mechanics Consolidation Public Hearings

Tuesday agenda includes breakaway barrier, renovation plan for historic house and agreements for downtown revitalization project

 

The Clarkstown Town Board meeting begins with two public hearings on proposed local law. The first hearing is on the proposed amendment to allow zoning for . The second hearing is a continuation of comments on the proposed consolidation of town, highway and mini trans mechanics under a new .

The board will make a special presentation to Katie Mager, the winner of the St. Francis CYO Basketball and Knights International Free Throw
Championship.

One of the first resolutions would create the position of Fleet Manager for the Town Garage Department. Another resolution on the agenda calls for the appointment of Kevin P. Thurston, Anthony J. Drescher and Todd A. Papenmeyer, as police officers with the Clarkstown Police Department.

About two years ago, the board directed the Historical Review Board to put together a plan for the rehabilitation of the “Teaberry Port House.” At that time, local residents stopped a demolition permit to raze the house, which is owned by United Water. At the June meeting, Clarkstown Town Historian Robert Knight described Teaberry as  a 1780 Dutch sandstone house on Strawtown Road in West Nyack that has been vacant for 10 years.

No plan has been presented so the town board will direct the Historical Review Board to describe its efforts and present a plan for preserving the deteriorating historical structure and potential sources of funding at its workshop on September 4. 

The board will vote on authorizing bid awards for canine harassment of Canadian geese, Nancy Drive Stream channel stabilization, Prides Crossing drainage improvements, Brookdale Court culvert replacement
and purchase and installation of a pre-fabricated salt storage canopy. Another resolution board members will consider is granting permission for a licensed fireworks display at Doctor Davies Farm in Congers. The board will vote on referring a proposed local law to amend zoning of town local laws regarding multi-family development.

Authorization for the supervisor to enter into agreements with the Nyack School District for a School Resource Officer Program for 2012-2013 School Term, Behan Planning Associates and Maser Consulting, P.A. to provide professional services for the New City Downtown Revitalization Project’s Phase III.

The town board is expected to vote on amending the 2012 salary schedule, approving installation of a breakaway barrier on Samuel Road in Nanuet and adopting the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Possible additions to the agenda include tentative retirement system reporting by Deputy Town Attorney from Keith Cornell, and bond resolutions for a salt shed and various drainage jobs.

The town board meets at 8 p.m. tonight in town hall. 

Mary July 24, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Accessory apartments are a way to get low-income renters into the town. Here's a publication regarding accessory housing which was issued by HUD... http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/adu.pdf
Irene Tiburcio July 24, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The only benefit to creating an ADU is to the town or municipality. I would never recommend any homeowner do this b/c as a homeowner you are signing onto a government program who will expect the homeowner to follow ALL of their rules and regulations, sign a contract, paperwork, submission of income, etc. And it is part of the United Nation's Agenda 21 program being implemented here locally under the guise of "Smart Growth" For an explanation of Agenda 21 see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMfUva0w8QA&feature=player_embedded
Mike Hirsch July 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Speaking only for myself, I applaud the Town Board for these two initiatives. The accessory housing will help our overtaxed seniors and our volunteer firemen. The garage consolidation will save the town money. Two commonsense ideas.
Ken McQuade July 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Hey Guys dont forget about the clogged culvert on Old Haverstraw rd. still waiting 22 years!
Irene Tiburcio July 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I attended the Town Board meeting last eveing and asked the Town Board if property taxes on these units would be raised after making improvements and after the property was reassessed; the town planner responded with the following answer: " The property taxes could be raised after an assessment by as much as $1,000 per year". And what about the costs to homeowners to convert the home back into a single family residence which is required if the home is sold? It is the homeowner's expense according to the town board. Additionally, the homeowner will have to pay taxes on the federal & state level on the income produced. How does this help our seniors, who most times live on a fixed income? The amendedment to the zoning law is also too broad. The devil is is the details. See the attached case study issued by HUD. In this report on page 13 it states ADU's: " are an inexpensive way for municipalities to increase their housing supply, while also increasing their property tax base." It is my opinion this idea of Accessory Dwelling Units have become another tool to be used to increase property taxes. Municipalities can't justify further homeowner property tax increases. Lower property taxes are crucial to keeping seniors and other homeowners in Rockland.
Irene Tiburcio July 25, 2012 at 03:30 PM
.HUD case study on ADU's: http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/adu.pdf
Lynn Teger July 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Accessible Housing Units are an easy way to turn single family homes into affordable housing. The real problem is high taxes. It is because of high taxes that seniors, who are on fixed incomes, cannot afford to stay in their homes. Instead of finding ways to lower taxes, Clarkstown plans to turn neighborhoods into affordable housing. Once the home is turned into an accessible housing unit, their taxes will be raised approximately $1000 per year. Although many speakers got up at the meeting to explain why they were against this plan, the only thing the Town plans to do is to rewrite the law and present it again at the next meeting. If you would like to see your neighborhood remain as a single family development, I suggest you attend the next Clarkstown Board Meeting to oppose this plan. https://vimeo.com/46315677
Lynn Teger July 25, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Here is a map taken from the Rockland County website which shows the plan for Rockland County. The red dots are the bike paths; the blue dots are the transportation lines they plan to put in. In order to reduce single family homes and single occupancy vehicles, the plan is to have accessory housing units, bike paths, walking paths and transportation throughout the county. This is all outlined in the town of Clarkstown's Resolution with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). http://www.bikenewengland.com/routes/nystate/rockland%20county.pdf

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