Public hearing for fence height boasts no public input

BROCTON – Village of Brocton officials are one step closer to alleviating special use variances for privacy fences after their recent board meeting.

During an advertised public hearing to amend the village’s zoning law to permit fences up to six feet in height from the current four-foot height, no members of the public attended to offer input on the matter.

Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton explained the proposal to amend the village’s law stating, “There have been a couple of instances this summer where variances were acted on in order for folks to put up privacy fences up to six feet and this proposal seems to solve that issue.”

Acting on advice from the Chautauqua County planning board which told Brocton that the issue was a matter of local involvement, the village board proposed the amendment to the law, which will be known as Local Law 4 of 2013.

Following the public hearing held prior to the start of the board’s regular business meeting, the mayor reported that the matter will be tabled for action on Oct. 16 when the Village’s Attorney, Sam Drayo will be present for the official passing of the amendment.

In other zoning matters, Trustee Dale Van Vlack reported that he and Trustee J. Dale Abram have received two applications for a village zoning/code enforcement officer and building inspector position and will be following up with the applicants for further interview.

The board also passed a motion to hire a waste water treatment plant trainee at the board’s next meeting.

Mayor Hazelton noted “We have some people getting ready to retire that we have to replace. We’ve put it off for some time, and with the new plant up and running, now is a good time.”

Village Clerk Karen Ardillo also reported to the board that beginning Oct. 18, her office will once again be selling bows and ornaments for the Village’s Light a Life holiday tree to benefit Hospice of Chautauqua County. More information on the Light a Life fundraiser can be obtained by contacting Ardillo directly or by visiting Hospice’s official website at A lighting ceremony will be slated for December.

Members of the board also officially designated Trick or Treat hours in the village to be Oct, 31 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the annual parade from the Brocton Fire Department to step off at 5:30 p.m.

The board will meet again on Wednesday at 7 p.m.