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City may pass moratorium on multi-family dwellings

October 22, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - At the Common Council meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m., city attorney Anthony Casale will give an update on the proposed nine-month moratorium on the issuance of construction permits for multiple-family dwellings in residential districts.

The council may then look to pass the moratorium.

The council tabled the proposed nine-month moratorium on multiple-family dwellings in September, after learning the city Planning Board had 30 days to recommend approval, denial, or make other recommendations.

Mayor Dayton King said this morning the Planning?Board decided to remain neutral on the moratorium.

King previously said the city already has an overabundance of housing stock between two-family homes and already constructed housing units, so similar new housing is not needed in residential areas. The mayor also said it isn't necessary to start construction of new housing in residential areas when existing buildings could be renovated.

Other topics scheduled for the meeting include:

A public hearing and resolution are scheduled on the reconnect fee people will be charged after their water is shutoff for non-payment.

On Aug. 28, the council passed a resolution to increase the fee to $65.

However, the council learned the water department wanted a larger fee.

After the public hearing, the council is expected to pass a resolution to increase the turn-on fee to $75.

The council will hold a public hearing so residents can express any thoughts and concerns about the proposed increase.

Mayor King said today the increase is required to cover the expenses of the city.

The meeting also will feature the approval of minutes from the budget sessions held with various city departments.

King shaved more than $380,000 off city departments' funding requests to arrive at his proposed budget for 2013 at the common Council meeting on Oct. 9.

The proposal included no tax increase or layoffs and uses $648,624 from the city's fund balance.

The council could announce updates to the mayor's proposed budget.

The council also will look to pass two resolutions authorizing Bruce VanGenderen, commissioner of finance, to execute a budget modification related to two insurance settlements involving a crosswalk and street light.

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be reached by email at



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