SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - AUGUST 4, 2008
The Special Board meeting of the Town Board of St. Armand was held on the above date at the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY.
PRESENT: Supervisor Joyce W. Morency, Councilmen Earl J. Dakin, Jr., Samuel Grimone, Thomas Jones, and Town Clerk Cynthia A. Woodson.
EXCUSED: Deputy Supervisor Charles Whitson, Jr.
GUESTS: Jean Parker, Alfred Parker, Jean Vaughan, Christopher Brescia, E. E. George, Alice Wareham, Linda Hilbert, Chris Rdzanek, David Doebler, Darlene Ploof, Chris Knight, Lynne Connolly, Paula LaPierre, Brian Waters, Tud Duffy, Marla Duffy, Alan Latourelle, Susan Rdzanek, Judy Odell, Lori and David Salamy.
The notice in the paper is as follows: The St. Armand Town Board will hold a Special Board meeting regarding Rockledge and Sunmount housing on August 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Town Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
Supervisor Morency called the Special Board meeting to order at 5:30 P.M.
Supervisor Morency stated that she has received some information from Sunmount. The purpose of meeting today is to select alternative sites and she has received a draft for a Resolution. She stated that once the paperwork is done and given to Sunmount then they have 15 days to look at those sites; and if nothing is resolved in those 15 days then St. Armand can call for a Hearing and then there is 30 days for a response.
Brian Waters speaking on behalf of the Rockledge Association stated that they have come up with three alternative sites for review. One place is located at 655 New York State Route 3; another is located at 1034 New York State Route 3; and the last is located in Bloomingdale on 1693 New York State Route 3.
Councilman Jones stated that he has also located another location for a possible site. He looked at this place with a realtor, Julie Cotter, and this is located on 391 Park Ave. He stated that he tried to get in touch with Mr. Waters.
Brian Waters stated that he found out that the sexual predators Level 3 can not be within a thousand feet of a school. It did indicate of living arrangements for Level 1 and 2; but it also didn’t indicate what the Level 1, 2, and 3 are. Level 3 being the highest risk, yet they don’t elaborate what the criteria are. Level 1 and 2 there are no restrictions.
Jean Parker stated that the housing for these adults would like to be in a nice home setting like us. Someone stated that the first five adults will be okay as the State would see to it; but what about others that will come in. Jean stated that they are well supervised. Labeling someone like these adults is not right, there are several people all of you know that have felonies and no one is watching them.
Supervisor Morency stated that there is a draft resolution for alternative sites that was prepared by the Attorney Mr. Kissel. There are three sites and one from Mr. Jones to offer to Sunmount. Councilman Grimone stated that the one site in Bloomingdale on the corner is considered unsafe due to the traffic. She asked the other Town Board members and they agreed the location is not acceptable for these five adults for safety reasons.
Councilman Jones stated that he was under the understanding that the house has to be in the Town of St. Armand. Councilman Grimone stated that no one had mentioned that the house has to be in the Town of St. Armand; but according to Sunmount; the Tri-Lakes are saturated. Mr. Waters stated that the attorney Mr. Kissel said it had to be in St. Armand and we have to find alternative sites.
Supervisor Morency stated that two of the three alternative sites and the one site from Tom Jones will be submitted to Sunmount for review. The following resolution was prepared by Attorney William Kissel.
RESOLUTION #46 - ESTABLISH AN INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTIAL ALTERNATIVE SITE
WHEREAS in a letter dated May 27, 2008 to the Town of St. Armand Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office proposed to establish an Individual Residential Alternative in the Town of St. Armand at 88 Rockledge Lane in the residential subdivision known as Rockledge Park; and
WHEREAS Rockledge Park was initially established in 1910 and since then has consistently been exclusively a residential neighborhood consisting of family households; and
WHEREAS Restrictive residential covenants govern the use of all property in Rockledge Park, which covenants are intended to insure the continued use of property in Rockledge Park exclusively for residential purposes; and
WHEREAS Several families in the Rockledge Park and surrounding neighborhood contain children and these families, including children, utilize the Rockledge Park neighborhood and Rockledge Lane and area for walking and bicycling and other outdoor residential purposes; and
WHEREAS Several residents of the Rockledge Park neighborhood have expressed to the Town Board their concerns about the proposed Individual Residential Alternative proposal, including the potential alteration of the single family residential character of the Rockledge Park neighborhood, violation of the restrictive covenants, increased traffic on the blind hills and curves in Rockledge Park, safety, possible contamination of ground water resulting from increased septic facilities, existing encroachments on property of adjoining neighbors by the owners of the property where the Individual Residential Alternative is proposed to be established, possible housing of individuals with criminal records, possible increase in the number of occupants above five, the size of the staff and their presence at the facility 24 hours a day, the tax exempt status that the property will receive and reduction of property values in the neighborhood; and
WHEREAS Sunmount previously proposed to locate a community residential facility in the Rockledge Park neighborhood in 1973 and following concerns raised by residents and others determined that the neighborhood was not appropriate for location of such a facility; and
WHEREAS The Town Board of the Town of St. Armand believes that the Rockledge Park site selected by Sunmount in not appropriate for the proposed facility but that there are alternative sites within the Town of St. Armand which could accommodate such a facility.
NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Samuel Grimone, seconded by Thomas Jones, be it RESOLVED that because of the concerns stated above that have been raised by the residents of Rockledge Park and others, the Town of St. Armand Town Board respectfully declines to endorse the Individual Residential Alternative site at 88 Rockledge Lane, Saranac Lake, New York in the Town of St. Armand selected by Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office and respectfully requests that an Individual Residential Alternative not be established at that address; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that pursuant to Section 41.3(c)(1)(B) the Town Board of the Town of St. Armand recommends and suggests to Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office that the following sites located within the Town could accommodate the proposed facility and respectfully requests that Sunmount select one of these alternate sites and not the property located at 88 Rockledge Lane, Saranac Lake, New York.
ALTERNATIVE SITE NUMBER 1: NYS Route 3, owned by Walter Duffy in the Town of St. Armand bearing tax map identification number 23.001-1-26.000
ALTERNATIVE SITE NUMBER 2: NYS Route 3, owned by Frank Coullier in the Town of St. Armand bearing tax map identification numbers 23.003-1-37 and 38
ALTERNATIVE SITE NUMBER 3: 391 Park Avenue owned by Charles Morris in the Town of St. Armand bearing tax map identification number 32.ODB-1-9.000
Attached to this Resolution is detailed information on each of the proposed alternative sites proposed by the Town of St. Armand.
Hon. Joyce Morency X
Charles Whitson, Jr. Absent
Earl J. Dakin, Jr. X
Samuel Grimone X
Thomas Jones X
END OF MEETING
A motion was made by Councilman Dakin, and seconded by Councilman Grimone, to adjourn the meeting at 6:20 P.M.
I, Cynthia A. Woodson, Town Clerk for the Town of St. Armand, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct transcript of the Special Board meeting minutes held on the above referenced date.
Cynthia A. Woodson
St. Armand Town Clerk