New Windsor moratorium extended

By Lina Wu
Posted 5/13/20

The Town of New Windsor held its May town board meeting last Wednesday. The meeting was streamed live on Webex and Facebook.

The meeting opened with a public hearing for Dr. Jonathan Fugo’s …

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New Windsor moratorium extended

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The Town of New Windsor held its May town board meeting last Wednesday. The meeting was streamed live on Webex and Facebook.

The meeting opened with a public hearing for Dr. Jonathan Fugo’s request for administrative relief from the town’s temporary moratorium.

Fugo is a local plastic surgeon interested in constructing a building on a property in the Town of New Windsor. He said that he needs to get approval from the town before moving forward with purchasing the property.

“My initial plan for this property was to build a 9900 square foot building,” said Fugo. “Five thousand of that was going to be utilized for just my office space, and the additional space was going to be utilized to house that additional practice or two practices of other medical professionals that want to have a presence in our community.”

Due to concerns over wastewater treatment and fresh water issues because of over development, the project was revised. In his new proposal, he wants to just do the five thousand square feet office. There will be two employee bathrooms and two patient bathrooms. For now, Fugo plans on having three other employees.

Fugo had submitted his reasons for the application for administrative relief, a rendering of the proposed building that he wants to construct, a site plan, and a list of purported expenses that he has incurred as a result. These documents have been entered into the record on his behalf.

New Windsor Town Supervisor George Meyers said that the board will review the documents and make a determination at the June meeting.

The board also held public hearings in regard to the increase and improvement of facilities at the Caesar’s Lane Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project is for the chlorination and dechlorination of the plant’s disinfection system. The project impacts residents in sewer districts 1 through 3, and extensions 1 through 20 and extensions 22 through 24 of sewer district 3.

“These improvements are the first steps in many steps of expanding and upgrading the sewer treatment plant,” said Meyers. He said that if the improvements aren’t made, the town will have substantial fines from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

There were no questions or comments from the public. At the end of the public hearings, the board voted to pass the resolution to increase and improve the facilities. The board also voted to adopt serial bonds not exceeding 5 million dollars for the increase and improvement of the facilities.

After the public hearings, the town board received and filed a number of documents. The board received and filed the amended notice of claim for the Town of New Windsor v. United States of America. The town is seeking to receive $ 4,614,880.17 from the federal government for the 2016 PFAS contamination of the Butterhill Water Supply System. 

The town board will have a public hearing on July 1 at 7 p.m. to discuss a proposed local law to ban smoking on town property.

The town board voted to extend the temporary development moratorium for six months. The three month moratorium will continue by another six months.

The town received an application for administrative relief from the temporary moratorium. Diversified Properties LLC., and its affiliate, DP Stonegate, LLC. submitted the application.

The town will hold a public hearing regarding the application on June 3 at 7 p.m.

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