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Town Board Reviews New Tree Law, Anti-Littering Efforts

The Yorktown Town Board recently held a work session.
The Yorktown Town Board recently held a work session. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Town Board held a work session on Tuesday, April 26 to address several issues.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • BOCES water usage: The town is asking BOCES to pay a $25,947 water bill to cover unmetered water usage dating back to the 1980s through 2012 when the missing meters were installed.
  • Littering: Town Attorney Michael McDermott suggested that the town adopt a “red light camera” law that would involve installing surveillance cameras at littering hot spots that would take pictures of cars that illegally dumped. Refuse and Recycling Coordinator Kim Angliss Gage asked the board to consider okaying the purchase of 40 “anti-littering” signs.
  • Dumpster Enclosure Local Law: A public hearing will be held June 7 on a law regulating dumpsters and compactors for commercial and multi-family properties.
  • Tree Ordinance: McDermott presented a proposed new Tree Law that would replace the law enacted in 2010. The new law would eliminate the need for homeowners to get permits before cutting down a certain number of trees. The law would also lessen certain requirements for new developments.
  • Escrow Law Requirements: The board postponed a discussion to eliminate all escrow fee requirements related to the processing of development applications and replace the fee with flat fees for specific services.
  • Animal cruelty: The town attorney was asked to research the feasibility of adopting a local law regulating the sale of cats and dogs.
  • Planning Board approval process/working with developers: The board discussed whether current Planning Board procedures are holding back, and delaying the approval of development applications.
For a summary of other agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org .

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