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Parishville Town Supervisor will talk to town attorney about sand, gravel pit

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PARISHVILLE — A Parishville resident seeking a special-use permit for a sand and gravel pit on Russell Turnpike Road is turning to the Town Council after his proposal was rejected by the local Planning Road

“I understand that the town board can overrule the Planning Board,” Tim Randall said at this week’s town board meeting.

Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said the town board does have the final say, but that he would like the two boards to meet jointly to discuss the matter. The town board could overrule the Planning Board with a majority plus one vote, meaning at least four of the five council members would need to support the measure.

“It’s a hard thing to overrule the Planning Board,” Mr. Moore said. “I have to talk to them and we have to know exactly what’s going on and if there’s more information they need. To override them, I would have to talk to them.”

Planning Board member Frederick G. Wilhelm, who attended the town board meeting, said this is not the first time someone has requested permission for a gravel pit in the Russell Turnpike area.

“A guy on the Benson Road was given a variance for a gravel pit,” and the Zoning Board of Appeals “put a stipulation on there that he couldn’t haul gravel on the Russell Turnpike Road,” Mr. Wilhelm said.

Mr. Randall contended that the restriction is not being enforced.

Mr. Moore said the other operator had two ways to exit the property, while in Mr. Randall’s case, there is only one. He said it would be best to review the matter with Town Attorney Roger A. Linden.

Councilman Conrad D. Cook supported Mr. Randall.

“I think we’re too restrictive,” he said. “His family is trying to make a living, and I think we should try and accommodate him,” Mr. Cook said.

Mr. Moore said it is a legal issue.

“I’ll make a couple of phone calls and see if going to the Planning Board is the best way to approach this,” he said.

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