On Tues., Jan. 2 at the filmed Village Board meeting the Mayor read a unanimously approved public scolding of residents and supporters whose property abuts the site of a bar proposed for 16 Elm St. Along with our other faults we were dismissively admonished for not checking the zoning and code before purchasing our homes. Embedded in the code is a sound ordinance that lawyers for the applicant have now admitted in writing will be violated if the proposal were to be approved by the planning board on Thurs., Jan. 18.
The attorneys justify the certain violations by stating that the code is regularly violated throughout the village at existing bars and restaurants. We knew that. We speak to the neighbors near those establishments; they tell us the grief they live with because bars have been allowed too close to homes.
The village now has a long and documented history of not enforcing the sound code. We know the sound code will be violated and the applicant’s attorneys have confirmed it in advance. We know that our quality of life will plunge and that complaints will fall on the deaf ears of the members of the village boards who will not only, not hear it at their homes but who clearly choose to apply a double standard to projects they find attractive or desirable.
Everyone knows that it’s not OK to do the wrong thing just because many other people already have. The State Environmental Quality Review Act mandates a “HARD LOOK” at potential impacts of development on residents. The planning board stated there will be no impact. No Impact? No problem! The village board wants to ignore the impact. The residents won’t be able to deny or ignore the impact. You told us we should have checked the code. We did. The bar is a prohibited use. You can’t have it both ways.