Town of Homer Planning Board
Minutes for Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00pm
Board Members (absent *) Others Present
Eugene Wright, Chairman Lindsay Andersen, Recording Secretary
Michael McMahon John Daniels, CEO*
Betsy Gray Pat Snyder, Attorney
Public Attendance: Aaron Weiss, Steve Thompson, Julie Thompson, Joi Knight, Fred Forbes, Tim DeLine, Nancy Chase, Jeanette Cooper, Jason & Dina Kristof, Stuart Young
Chairman Wright opened the public hearing for an application by Jason & Dina Kristof for approval to subdivide their property at 722 NYS Route 90 into parcels of approximately 10 acres and 5.8 acres.
With no questions or comments the public hearing was closed.
Chairman Wright opened the public hearing for an application by East River Dairy for site plan approval for a manure storage pit to be located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Forbes Road and Corl Hill Road.
Stuart Young stated his farm has a CAFO plan and proper manure storage is a requirement. He stated the site is located in the center of a 500-acre parcel which will allow for quicker application. He stated the proposed design was done by engineer, Aaron Weiss who was present at the meeting. Steve and Julie Thompson who reside on Corl Road were present at the meeting and stated they were concerned about the odor and a large increase in the fly population.
Stuart Young stated that he has lived 400 yards from a manure storage facility for several years and has not seen an increase in the fly population.
Member McMahon stated that the facility is designed to fill from a pipe at the bottom of the storage tank and the top of the tank crusts over creating a fairly thick barrier which prevents the flies and odor until it is time to use the manure.
The Thompson’s are approximately 1300 feet from the manure storage and Stuart Young stated that it is a very rare occasion to get an east wind which would carry the odor to the Thompson’s residence. Engineer Aaron Weiss stated he feels the greatest nuisance application of the manure. Stuart Young stated the manure is incorporated into the soil and/or plowed under often times within hours therefore there should be minimal odor after the application.
The Thompson’s stated that they did not receive written notification of the proposed facility or of the public hearing. They said Mr. Forbes has just informed them about this meeting. The value of their property decreasing is a concern to them. Mr. Thompson stated he would like to know what the process is from this point forward. Attorney Snyder stated the application for the proposed facility has been sent to the County Planning Board which will meet on June 19, 2019. They will review the application and send any findings and recommendations back to the Town of Homer Planning Board who will make a final determination. The planning board could not make any decision prior to reading the County Planning Board recommendations. Attorney Snyder also stated that the zoning distance requirement is 400 feet.
Mrs. Thompson asked if over time their well could be affected by the manure storage. The engineer stated that the manure storage facility is lined. He stated that there is also a leak monitoring system which would notify them if there were ever a leak and it would be repaired. The Thompson’s stated they have concern because of an incident that happened nearby and contaminated a neighbor’s well. Stuart Young stated that the manure is injected into the soil 4-8 inches which creates a lesser chance of the manure pooling and allows all of the nutrients to be absorbed by the soil.
Stuart Young stated that EZ Acres Farm has a well monitoring system and he would be willing to have the Thompson’s water tested to reassure them that their well water was safe. Member McMahon stated they have 5 different wells that are tested 4 times per year.
Member McMahon made the motion to approve the February 27, 2019 meeting minutes. Member Crandall seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Chairman Wright opened the meeting for discussion of an application by Jason & Dina Kristof for approval to subdivide their property at 722 NYS Route 90 into parcels of approximately 10 acres and 5.8 acres.
Chairman Wright read the letter that was received by the Cortland County Planning Department which stated the request was technically adequate and has no state or county wide impact. The application was returned for local determination.
Jason Kristof stated that he and his wife, Dina, would like to subdivide their property and lease the new parcel to Homer Hops, LLC. It was recommended by their attorney to separate the properties. He would like to subdivide his property into two lots of approximately 10 acres and 5.8 acres.
Member McMahon made the request to have the Chairman review all questions on the short environmental assessment form. All questions were answered no.
Member McMahon made the motion to declare a negative declaration under SEQR and to approve the subdivision. Member Crandall seconded the motion. With all in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Chairman Wright opened discussion for an application by East River Dairy for site plan approval for a manure storage pit to be located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Forbes Road and Corl Hill Road.
Attorney Snyder stated the application had been sent to the County Planning Board but had not yet been reviewed. Member McMahon made the motion to table the application. Member Gray seconded the motion. With members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and Member Young abstained. The motion was carried 4,0,1.
Chairman Wright opened discussion for an application by Robert and Nancy Chase to subdivide their property at the intersection of Route 11 and Health Camp Road.
Robert Chase provided the maps to the board members to review. The applicant stated he would like to subdivide the main farm house and their daughter’s residence into two separate parcels.
Attorney Snyder stated after reviewing the proposed maps he believes the applicants will need to obtain an area variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals before the Planning Board can review the application and make a determination.
Tim DeLine would also like to purchase 7.1 acres of land from Bob and Nancy Chase.
The next planning board meeting was scheduled for June 26, 2019 at 7:00PM.
Tom Schenck on Route 13 would like to subdivide his property into two parcels of 39.6 and 9.24 acres. He owns property on both sides of Route 13 and would like to subdivide the property to sell his house.
Attorney Snyder stated that the request had not yet been sent to the county planning department for review.
Member McMahon made the motion to send the proposal to the county planning department for review. Member Gray seconded. All members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Stuart Young stated he has a neighbor that would like to purchase a small piece of property to add to his existing lot. The buyer plans to consolidate the piece of property to his existing parcel. Stuart provided maps to the board members to review.
Member McMahon made the motion to approve the lot line adjustment contingent the property be consolidated with the existing parcel owned by Amanda Halliwell. Member Crandall seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Chairman Wright opened discussion for the wedding/venue topic. Chairman Wright read the recommendations that were discussed and recommended at the February planning board meeting.
Town Supervisor Fred Forbes was present and stated he feels the town needs to take action on the previous violation letter that was issued to the venue operator on Rice Road.
Attorney Snyder suggested that our code officer give written notification for the operators to cease and desist any prohibited activities until requirements of the building code are complied with for an assembly hall.
There was general concern about health and safety issues. An inspection by the Code Enforcement Officer should be done at this time and all violations need to be noted.
Member McMahon recommended that Attorney Snyder draft a local law to allow event facilities with the recommendations from the February meeting and submit the local law to the Homer Town Board. Member Young seconded the motion. Will all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed, and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.
Lindsay M. Andersen, Recording Secretary