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November 23, 2015 - 9:04pm

Le Roy Village Board awaits town action on ZBA

posted by Raymond Coniglio in Le Roy, zoning board of appeals.

The Village Board is taking a wait-and-see approach to the future of Le Roy’s Zoning Board of Appeals, Mayor Greg Rogers said.

The wait, is for a public hearing scheduled next month.

Everyone will see what happens after that, Rogers said.

The Town Board voted unanimously Nov. 12 to withdraw from the joint town/village ZBA, and to consider a local law that would establish a new, three-member board next year.

The proposal will be the subject of a public hearing during the Town Board meeting on Dec. 10.

The Village Board discussed the issue in executive session last week, but took no action.

Rogers said he generally favors consolidation. Reestablishing a village ZBA after a decade without is “not the direction we really wanted to go,” he said.

“If they decide to go that route, we’re going to have to have our own Zoning Board of Appeals,” Rogers said. “But we’ll wait until they finalize it before we come up with a plan of action.”

At the very least, a new ZBA would add a line to the village budget.

Town Supervisor Steve Barbeau said depending on what the Town Board ultimately decides, separate ZBAs could cost less money overall.

The Le Roy ZBA generally meets once a month. Each of its five members is paid $45 for each meeting, and the chairperson is paid $10 extra.

The secretary, who does not vote, is paid $65 a meeting.

The cost is currently part of the town budget, paid out of the town-wide “A” fund. A separate town ZBA would be paid out of the “B” fund, which is supported only by taxpayers of the town outside the village.

Barbeau said town and village ZBAs may be able to meet only alternate months. Ultimately, that would slightly reduce costs to both the town and village residents.

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