G’town board reconstitutes ZBA

GERMANTOWN–In a short meeting Tuesday, February 21, the Town Board began to reconstitute the Zoning Board of Appeals, after three recent resignations.

The board appointed Charles Abraham, Thomas Mollo and Teresa Repko to the ZBA, for terms ending at the close of 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. They join current ZBA member Stephen Savoris. The ZBA is a five-member board, requiring three for a quorum. No one has yet been appointed chairman.

The town board unanimously adopted a resolution to authorize Jason Shaw, former town attorney, and his firm, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLC, to continue work on two cases of litigation that are in progress. Tal Rappleyea, current town attorney, and the councilmen agreed that this would be most efficient and cost-effective.

In other business, the board:

*Appointed Jeremy Smith to the History Advisory Committee.

*Discussed scoping of the lateral line that runs from the Peter Fingar property to the town sewer line, to check the status of the lateral. Paying for such scoping is the responsibility of the property owner, deputy supervisor Austin Sullivan said after the meeting; making sure the scoping happens is the responsibility of the town. Mr. Fingar did not attend the meeting.

*Learned that repairs are almost complete on the backup generator for the sewer system.

*Learned that the first meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m.

Mr. Sullivan chaired the board meeting in the absence of Supervisor Roy Brown; councilwoman Joan Snyder was also absent. Councilmen Joel Craig, Michael Mortenson and Donald Westmore provided the quorum; Mr. Sullivan is not an elected official. Mr. Rappleyea was also present.

Seven residents attended the meeting, which was videotaped for the community channel on Gtel cable TV. In March, the board returns to its usual meeting schedule on the second Monday of the month, March 12, at 7 p.m.– Debby Mayer

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