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Sackets Harbor board supportive of teens request for skate park improvements, talks zoning law

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SACKETS HARBOR — Village trustees on Tuesday night appeared to support the request from a group of village and town of Hounsfield teens to make improvements to the skateboard park behind the village office building.

Skaters in attendance complained of an uneven surface and potholes in the park, making it unsafe. Chris V. Showard, 13, Braeden S. Kitto, 12, and Katie E. Wickum, 15, said in a prepared statement that improving the park would give them a safe place to hang out and bring more people into the village. They said their parents and friends would help support improvements at the space.

However, skateboarders have drawn complaints from residents for riding in the way of traffic on roads listed as off-limits in a village law.

The skateboarding law, passed in 2011, limits where skaters can go and how they ride. First-time offenders can face a $50 fine, which increases to $100 for later offenses.

Village Trustee John W. LaDuc said there were plans to make improvements this fall, including placing new lights.

He asked the teens to attend the village and town Joint Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19.

“We have an objective, it’s about getting it implemented,” he said after the meeting.

Trustee Peter R. Daly said the teens would gain more support by following village law.

Richard G. “Butch” Coseo, sergeant in charge for the Sackets Harbor Police Department, said he was more concerned about safety and would look into the price of buying reflector belts for skaters to use. He said he had not ticketed anyone under the law.

In other items, the board will consider a new zoning law at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 and again at its monthly meeting, scheduled for Oct. 15.

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