Hanover moves forward with law, receives complaint

HANOVER – A local law to ban livestock from running at large is one step closer to being passed in Hanover.

The Hanover Town Board recently set the public hearing for the law that would require horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, mules and fowl to be penned during its next meeting on Aug. 25.

Resident Irene Blakely asked if alpacas are included in the law. The description in the law was not changed in order to allow the law to go forward for a public hearing in the submitted form. Residents can ask questions and make comments at the public hearing.

Another town resident called into question the town’s enforcement of laws.

“If you can’t enforce building codes, how can you justify passing another law?” Benita Szymanski asked.

Szymanski and her husband, Leo, have approached the board and the code enforcement officer about construction on a neighbor’s property for the past several months.

The Szymanskis have not been given satisfactory answers to their concerns about filling land in a flood zone and other issues. Benita Szymanski also said residents in Sunset Bay are confused about building codes being inconsistently enforced.

“If you feel your rights are not being handled appropriately, you need to look into legal counsel,” Councilman Kevin O’Connell told them.

Benita Szymanski said they plan to hire a lawyer and have their own survey done, but are disappointed with the way the town has handled the situation.

“I am concerned that the board has not responded to this problem. … Every week that goes by I have more concerns. As a taxpayer, I am concerned that the town is not concerned about this,” she added.

Supervisor Todd Johnson said the town is looking into the Szymanskis’ questions, but what they find may not be what the residents want to hear.

The board hired Adam Graf as a part-time laborer in the highway department for six months. Action to hire Nathan Griewisch as a part-time laborer was tabled for discussion. Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates LLP were hired to do an audit of the 2013 finances for $4,200 in order to maintain the town’s Moody’s Investors Bond rating of A-2.

The board will meet again on Aug. 25.