Sunset Bay issues return for the warm-weather season

HANOVER – After one of the busiest weekends of the year for the popular beach area of Sunset Bay in the town of Hanover, came several complaints from residents.

Sunset Bay resident Wayne Rau recalled an unpleasant situation that happened over Memorial Day weekend at the recent town board meeting.

“I was on my porch and went inside for a drink, and in the short time it took me to come back out, there was a car parked in my front yard,” he said.

Rau called the sheriff’s office and a deputy arrived and ticketed the vehicle. Rau was told if he wanted the car towed, he would have to pay for it.

“I pay three times as much in taxes on my house here as I do on my house that is three times bigger in Florida. Why should I pay for the car to be towed?” he asked, adding he is on a fixed income and cannot afford to tow cars off his lawn.

Supervisor Todd Johnson said these are yearly complaints the town tries to deal with every year. He added he will speak to the sheriff’s about the parking issues.

“While this was happening, I thought of another question. What if the guy who parked illegally on my lawn goes to the bar and decides to spend the night with a girl he meets, and in the morning when he is stumbling to his car, he falls and breaks a bone; who is liable if he decides to sue?” Rau asked.

This question was not answered.

Boat Launch Director Cyndi Sheedy joked it is time to revisit the idea of a town-owned impound lot, which Johnson had proposed two years ago. Johnson said staffing is the problem the town has run into with this idea.

Resident Frank Boniface suggested hiring a parking enforcement officer.

“I hate to see the sheriff’s and troopers writing parking tickets. It’s a waste of their training,” he said, adding he believes the position would pay for itself with ticket revenues.

Johnson said the board will consider it, but he does not know if anyone would want to confront the angry people getting the tickets.

The board also received a complaint from Bonita Szymanski about a lack of communication from the code enforcement officer. She said she is concerned that a newly built home is not following the requirements to prevent flooding and drainage problems in the future. Johnson said he will have answers to her questions soon.

Legislator George Borrello reported Hanover received $100,000 in a grant secured by state Senator Catharine Young. He said this combined with the $70,000 in bed tax money from the county gets the town on its way to affording the project. Johnson said he thinks the total project cost will be between $525,000 and $750,000 depending on what must be done with the dredging material.

After several complaints, Sheedy asked the board to create a policy on second trailers for season pass holders. It was determined because the season pass in Hanover is the most expensive in the area, the $80 charge will apply for all trailers owned by the pass holder. Season pass holders will now need to get additional stickers for more than one trailer at no extra charge.

Repairs to the sewer plant were also discussed. Resident Bob Perry asked why parts were not ordered and stock piled in case something broke. Resident Vince DeJohn asked why the town does not upgrade to a better system. Councilman Kevin O’Connell explained the sewer plant project has been reduced to necessary upgrades only and that the need for the project comes from the equipment’s age. It was also asked that the sewer and water advisory committee be reinstated. A public hearing will be held in June.

The board also approved the second height variance for a wind energy conversion system on Angell Road of 135 maximum feet.

The next town board meeting will be held at King Road Park, 601 King Road, Forestville, in order to dedicate the park as a bicentennial park and recognize the VanCuren family that donated the land 39 years ago.