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Wayne ponders recreational vehicle moratorium

WAYNE—While a decision on the moratorium of recreational vehicles (RVs) was tabled at the Tuesday Sept. 8 meeting, the Wayne town board did agree to form a committee to look into RV use within the town.
A public hearing about the moratorium was held prior to the regular meeting that lasted 35 minutes.  There were almost 50 people in attendance at the hearing.  Before public comment was allowed, Supervisor Dawn Dowdle read the revised moratorium.  She said that in the proposal, no new non-park RVs would be allowed in the town until April, 2010.  This includes on people’s properties, parked on streets for long periods of time, etc.  However, RVs currently in the town would be allowed to stay.  Dowdle said that if the moratorium was passed the town board would look at making guidelines for RV use within the town during that time.  However, no decision was made to accept the moratorium at the board meeting.  She added that if the board were to propose the moratorium again, it would need another public hearing due to changes.
During the question and comment period of the public hearing, the general public reaction to a moratorium was negative.  Many residents voiced opposition to it.  Questions from the public included who would enforce the moratorium, how large of an influx in RVs led to the proposing of the moratorium, and what would happen after the moratorium ran out?
Dowdle said that if there was a moratorium, the town would have proposed guidelines after it ran out.  Then, another hearing would be held for the public to comment on those.  She explained that is why the proposed end date was in April, so it would be done for when seasonal residents return to the area.
“I don’t know all the answers.  That’s what the moratorium is all about,” said Dowdle.
Residents also asked why not do something about the cottages within the town that are in bad condition.  Dowdle said they have to start somewhere and are looking at RVs first.
As the board approved at least starting the committee, they appointed board member Candy Dietrich as chair.  Dowdle added that the whole board should work on it.  Dietrich said the planning board should as well, and anyone from the community who wants to be on it.  Three residents volunteered during the meeting.  The committee will review guidelines for RVs in the town.
In other business:
• During regular public comment, some residents asked about who would be eligible to vote for the water district Nov. 3.  Dowdle said it would be property owners within the proposed district, but the town attorney is writing up the full definition.  She said it would be mailed out to those residents, plus information on absentee ballots and other frequently asked questions.
• The board accepted the resignation of Dan Tarpin from the planning board.  The board also accepted the appointment of the vice chair to take his place.
• The code enforcement officer was approved to purchase two filing cabinets for $349.98.
• Dowdle said the town will no longer be getting the $775 from real property tax services for processing STAR Rebate forms.
The next regular board meeting will be Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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