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T h e G r e e n w i c h J o u r n a l a n d S a l e m P r e s s VOL. 134 - NO. 33 GEEENWICH, NEW YORK — THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1976 20 CENTS 5 * D o e s G r e e n w i c h n e e d z o n i n g ? •* Several Greenwich residents at­ tended a puWiG ineeting Monday evening to discuss zoning with the town Zoning commission. The commission arranged the open meeting so that citizens could share their views with the commission members. They are working on a zoning ordinance for the town and hope to draw up an official map -soon which will establish the zones. . Opposition A few persons at the meeting were opposed to zoning of any type in the town of Greenwich. The majority of those in attendance were interested in having zoning established in the town, however, and want the commission to Ed Fryer, an opponent qf zoning in Greenwich, attended the meeting find questioned the legality and necessity of a zoning law. Mr. Fryer asked James Saunders, the chairman of the commission, whether or not the zoning ordinance would ever come to a vote. Mr, Saunders replied that it would not, urtlessAanoughGreenwich voters signed a petition against it, in which case it would. planners’ suggestions by a vote of the majority plus one. The final steps in making the proposals law are to file the ordinance and map with the county clerk, and publicize and post official notices of it. Then the Zoning commission would be disbanded. Once a law It would be enforced by an appointed,ordinance officer. Also, the town board would establish a board of appeals to review complaints or requests for changes in the law. That board would have the right to issue use permits for special cases, or to recommend a variance. A variance is permission for persons involved in special cases to act contrary to the ■—ordinance;— Plans The process by which the proposed zoning regulations may become law were explained by Mr. Saunders. First otall, he {wafted out, the commission ' was appointed by the Greenwich town board. The commission members are volunteers. They represent various walks of life, ages and areas of the community. The members are Samuel Crozier, William Irwin, David Klinge- biel, Pamela Keniry, Robert More­ house, Linda Germain, Frederick Greenfield, Ira Becker and Sprague Wilbur. They elected Mr. Saunders to be chairman. They are in the process of drawing up a zoning'law. When they have completed it, they will present it to the public. According to law, they must present the proposal at two public hearings. The commission members say the public hearings will be adequately advertised in advance. The next step would be to present the final text ana map of the proposed law to the town board. The town board would then hold a public hearing on it. At that point, it is possible that changes would be desired in the law. If so, it would be changed and presented at another town public hearing. Eventually, it is expected, the town board wiH refer the matter to the county planning board. The county board may recommend changes. If so, the law will either go back to the drawing board and , another public hearing, or the town board may overrule the county Zoning in Greenwich would mean that the town would be split into various areas. Some of the areas, or zones, being considered include: conservation, forestry, agriculture, rural residential, hamlet, medium density residential, highway commercial and industrial. For each area, rules would be set up governing the size off lots, the number, af Bouses, and the manner in which property may be used. The purpose of such rules is to control development of land so that the town grows in an orderly, desirable fashion. Zoning would prevent scenic and agricultural areas from being spoiled. It would allow businesses and houses to be ■established only in certain areas. C o n t r o l The main argument against zoning is that it is another form of control over the individual. According to Mr. Fryeg-, who argued strenuously against- the imposition of such controls, it takes away a man.’a, basic right to do with his lartil what he wants to. He feels that no commission, board, or government has the right to tell the town’s residents what they can and can not do. Mr. Fryer argued that Greenwich had gotten Eong 0 this long without zoning, and he did not see why it was needed now. Direction Mr. Saunders replied that laws are a necessity, and must be accepted as a matter of course. Speed zones and agricultural districts are examples of zones already in effect, he pointed out. Other citizens and commission members pointed out that once development comes to an area, it is irreversible. If there are no zoning laws to direct building, they said, Greenwich could be marred or changed irre­ vocably. The Zoning commission will continue with their planning until they have formulated a zoning law. At that time, the public will have a chance to examine it and comment on, it. Ri\er proposal tabled for year J u v e n i l e a i d u n i t s t a f f e d Cook, Washington county sheriff, reviewed five ap­ plications from members of his department for two positions as juvenile aid' officers in the newly formed juvenile aid unit. Sheriff Cook selected * Detective Ronald - E.— O’-Neil, a member of his department- with three years service, and Deputy Patrick K. Appier, a member with two years. The officers were notified of thenTappointment and ceremonies took place at the Hudson Falla • court house, with the promotion of Deputy Appier to^the rank of detective. The sheriff is shown here, at left, with Detec­ tives Appier, centerj-and O'Neil, right. The two officers will work directly with youths ages 7 through 15. The functions of the unit they are assigned to will include the following: tocal juvenile delinquency problem —Maintain records and statistics on delinquency. —Cooperate with com­ munity agencies con­ cerned with youth, such as family court, probation department, public and voluntary organizations, health and mentaf he&lth agencies and other com­ munity groups. — Provide counseling and guidance to children iand families and refer to feonununity agencies, when necessary. —inform the public on delinquency trends and control methods., —Interpret police-* ju­ venile aid to the public and to police department personnel. -Investigate special vouth problems such as narcotics, vandalism, or unlawful assembly. — Overcome environ­ mental conditions detri­ mental to youth. — Frequent inspection of public places and commercial premises which may be trouble spots, such as billiard parlors, bowling alleys and dance halls. In addition, the officers will make presentations to schools, P.T.A.s, and civic organizations, on topics of drug abuse, shoplifting, alcoholism, and protection of premises against bur­ glary and vandalism. The office of the ju­ venile aid <*unit will be located in the Washington county annex building 1 , Lower Main street, Hud­ son Falls, formerly re­ ferred to as the Com­ munity college. Through a federal grant from the department of Criminal justice services. Washington county was awarded $50,535 for this project. Slow The weather certainly has been nothing to write home about. These tem­ peratures will stand as a painful reminder that the second week in May was chilly. It also rained. G e ran iu m s ready to be picked up May 4 49 29 May 5 71 40 May 6 78 39 May 7 68 36 May 8 56 39 May 9 65 40 May 10 73 65 The Women’s auxiliary of the Mary McClellan hospital has geraniums ready for those who ordered them this winter. Pick up of the plants will be this week. Plants are to be paid for then, and there will be no home de­ liveries. Plants are to be picked up in Cambridge at % R o t a r y k i c k s o f f P r o u d f i t f u n d The Salem Rotary club, with the approval* of the Village Board, is sponsor­ ing a fund-raising drive for the. additional money j, needed for the restoration Of the first story of the Proudfit building; The fine old structure will house the Bancroft library, village offices, the fire house, and a com­ munity ineeting room. The Albany firm of Geonedics Inc. has sub­ mitted plans which have been accepted by the village board and work will ^commence within the next few weeks. *0 I give herewith, or pledge to the Proudfit Building j Fu n d , ................... j Signed . .................... . ............ ............. . ........ ... | (Pledges payable June 1 ,1 9 7 6 — Jape 1 ,1 9 7 7 ] | M a il to the office o f the Village Attorney, James C . I /Tom a s i, E s q ., Salem , N . Y . 1286S I S-13-76 The aim of the Rotary club is to raise $40,000 in gifts and pledges for the project. Added to money already on hand, this would, according to esti^ mates provided by Geo­ nedics, cover the cost of renovation of the building, including a roof, repair and restoration of en- trances, windows, par­ titioning, flooring, plumb­ ing, heating and elec­ tricity inside.. According to Edward McClellan and James C. Tomasi, co-chairmen of the fundi raising commit­ tee, the board of directors of the Rotary club has voted to pledge $ 1,000 to kick off the drive. Other organisations are also urged to contribute in '-addition to individual con­ tributions. A progress report of gifts and pledges will be traced on a chart whfth will -be—placed on the Proudfit building. Other members of the Rotary club committee are Elbert Sherman, Charles Periy and Jon McClellan. The committee is con­ sidering the suggestion that the names of all who give $250 or more be inscribed on a plaque to be placed on the building when the- work is com­ pleted..- . . Checks or^Sfetfges may be sent to thejpffice of the Village Attorney, James C Tomasi, Esq., Salem, N Y. 12865. Checks may be paid at the convenience . of the donor over the next twelve months. This is a community project of con­ tinuing, importance to all residents of Salem village and township. A gift coupon is printed here/ which .can be .clipped and sent’ to Mr. TomasPs office. The state department of environmental conserva­ tion has delayed for one year its attempt to include in Battenkill river on the state’s list of scenic ri-vers. Word of the decision was received from Thomas Monroe of Raybrook, ECON environmental analysis supervisor, last week. The effort to include the Battenkill in the towns of Salem and Jackson on the state’s list has been vigorously opposed by residents of that section and by other groups including the Washington county board of super­ visors. Mr. Monroe met last week with a citizens’ committee chaired by Charles Gilchrist of Salem and outlined steps the committee should take to have the Salem-Jackson section conform with the state's plans for the nren. The group is hoping it will foster local cooperation so that the section involved will comply with state requirements within a year and thus avoid state ju r is d ic tio n . A n o ther meeting of the group will be held in August Lib r a r ie s need m o re assistance \People are using their public libraries more and more.\ states a publica­ tion from the Southern Adirondack Library sys­ tem. ,rDunng 1975 libraries in the SALS area sent borrowers home with 1,219.464 items,\ reports the library system. SALS serves libraries in Argyle, Cambridge. Eas­ ton, Greenwich and Sal­ em, among others, and sends a Bookmobile regu­ larly to communities that don't have libraries. Not only are folks going to the libraries for books these days, explains the SALS newsletter, but also for film and story hour programs, vital statistics, independent study and records. 1' Despite spiraling costs in every area.\ the .^newsletter reveals, \pub­ lic libraries havd managed to hold the line in giving services to their comimi nities \ \F inancial resources are now at a breaking p o in t.\ SALS officials assert. \The* library's role as an educational resource for citizens of all ages i«j important and unique.'' they say. warning that \everyone's help is needed to keep libraries up-to-date and function­ ing to thfir full potential.\ M ario's Gardens, 75 Spring street, between the hours of 2 and 5 on Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. In Greenwich, plants may be picked up at St. Paul's church, 145 Main street, under the direction of Betty Worthington. The hours there are Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. « 4 Pick up for plants in Salem is at the K. of C. with Betty Wood in charge. The hours there are from 6-9 p.m. on Friday evening, and on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Nina Watkins is handling direction of pickup at Shushan at the Shushan post office. They will be available there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. A,* Mrs. Judy Pedersen on route 22 north of the village of Hoosick Falls has charge of plants there. They will be available bn the porch of her home on Friday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Fo o d stamps can help buy seeds Washington county res­ idents who receive food stamps may purchase food seeds and food plants with their food stamps. This provision is in keeping with the food stamp program, the purpose of which is to raise the nutritional level of partici­ pating households. Persons wishing to ap­ ply should plan to do so before May 18, by calling for an appointment at the Washington county «'e- partment of Social S* ’ V- ices. Those applying a'ter that date will not rer' ive the stamps until July. Those ‘who are notified- to re-certify should keep their appointm ents as scheduled. Information concerning the program may be obtained by contacting the department of Social Serv­ ices. 6 Church street, Granville. «. W h e r e us il? Cards of Thanks 13 Churches 9 Classifieds ......... .... 18 Editorial Features. .. .9 4-H News. . \ .. . . . 14 Granges ............ 13 Letter ................ 9 Sports.. . ........ 14 & IB Vicinities- Archdale ........ 16 Argyle ........ 10&11 Belcher ......... 11 Buskirk . J . 6 > Cambridge 8 & 11 Cossayuna 11 Easton .................. 16 East Greenwich / . 14 Greenwich. 2, 3, ^ 5,12 Hebron ..................... 13 North Hebron ....... 7 Rupert....................7 Salem ................ 6 & 7 Schuylerville. . . .. 16 Shushan ............. 17 South Cambridge. . . 18 West Hebron. . 13&14 WestRupert --- - IS \

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