Town of Cape Vincent ZBA approves Woods Farm variance for a barn addition.

At last night's Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, Joe Martin sat in as chairman in the absence of R. Dennis Faulknham.  Mike Saliby was designated as a voting member-alternate for the meeting.

Nick Petosa was granted a variance to the property line setback for the purpose of placing a 10' x 12' storage shed on his property.

During discussions, Al Wood, former zoning officer, asked if alternate Dave Docteur was allowed to participate in discussions. Acting Chairman Martin explained that all alternates attending the meeting were allowed to discuss ZBA issues. But, only those designated in the event of an absence were allowed to vote. ZBA member Hester Chase suggested that the board review their by-laws to be sure they fully define the roles of the newly appointed alternate members.

The Cape ZBA approved construction
of a new addition for the pampered
Woods Farm cows.
Al Wood and Lyle Wood asked the Zoning Board of Appeals for a property line setback variance from the road of 5' and 6' feet that would allow the construction of a 108' x 120' addition to a barn. The setback they requested was measured from the edge of the road. Dave Docteur questioned the setback and opined that his understanding was that setbacks were to be measured from the center of the road. And, if that was the case the variance requested by Woods should be adjusted to read 26' and 27'.  Al Wood, former zoning officer also requesting the setback variance, argued that, all along, it was his understanding as ZO that those measurements were to made from the white line on the edge of the road. After some discussion, Chairman Martin cited the law and then opined that the setback should be measured from the road's center line. The Woods then amended their variance request and it was approved.

Richard MacSherry, Chairman of the Cape Vincent Town Planning Board read the ZBA a letter that affected the meeting's public hearings for site use addition requests by Ed Albro and Michele Bouchard. Albro has been asking for a change that would allow him to add auto maintenance to his boat repair business and Bouchard was asking for a change that would allow her to operate a catering-special event business from her home and an unattached building.

In the Macsherry letter, it was explained that the planning board erred in sending Albro and Bouchard to the ZBA for an opinion. They were originally sent to the Planning Board by former zoning officer Al Wood. However, Macsherry explained that the Planning Board was not aware of Wood's action and whether he had made a decision on the use issue. Consequently, their decision to send Albro and Bouchard was absent of any information from the zoning officer and was done in error. The new zoning officer, Ed Bender was in attendance and he said he had no knowledge of the situation and was passing it back to the ZBA. Planning Board chairman Macsherry extended his apologies to Albro and Bouchard and assured them that he will consult with Town Attorney, Mark Gebo, in an effort to expediently resolve both matters at the Planning Board level.

A William Rivers application asking for action from the ZBA was tabled because it was incomplete.

A Millen's Bay area resident asked for approval of an application that would allow him to replace the roof of a boathouse with a deck. A public hearing for that request has been scheduled for the May 7 meeting.