Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Santa Clara Town Board held on Thursday, June 11, 2020, Saranac Inn, NY Town Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Roll as follows for the Regular Monthly Meeting:

  • Andrew McGill - Supervisor
  • Richard Lyon - Councilman
  • John Murray - Councilman
  • David Perry - Councilman via Zoom webcast
  • Marcel "Mickey" Webb - Councilman
  • Scott LaMay - Superintendent of Highways

    Absent: None

    Recording Secretary:
  • Laurie McGill - Town Clerk

Regular monthly meeting called to order by Supervisor McGill at 6:30 P.M

Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America

Motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by John Murray to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting. All members voting Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Rick Lyon, seconded by John Murray to accept the minutes. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Planning Board Report - Scottie Adams, Chairperson of the Planning Board, was unable to attend but provided the following report on the short term rental regulations the Planning Board is currently working on.

Short term rentals are becoming more prevalent in the Town of Santa Clara. One viewpoint is that people are conducting a business in a residential area. This is an approach which has been considered by other municipalities but because of the pervasiveness of short term rentals, most have chosen to regulate short term rentals instead. Banning all short term rentals is a decision for the Town Board in conjunction with legal advice. In the meantime, the Planning Board is investigating short term rental regulations for the Town of Santa Clara based on the regulations recently enacted by Lake Placid. An outline of the issues being considered is outlined in the document attached. A preliminary meeting with the company which handles Lake Placid's short term rental has been held and the Planning Board will consider their information in their next meeting. A preliminary draft is being worked on by the Planning Board that will be shared with the Town Board along with options for implementation. Of course, legal counsel will be consulted for their input, if the Town Board indicates their approval for proceeding with the development of short-term rental regulations.

Short Term Rentals

Rationale: An increasing number of part time residents of the TSC are renting their homes. We feel that there should be some level of regulation to ensure the safe environment of the rental homes and to provide neighbors with an avenue of communication if issues arise.

Purpose: To ensure that Short Term Rentals (STRs) in the TSC are safe and minimize the change to the character of the neighborhood.

Definitions: Short Term Rental
"A dwelling unit that is rented, in whole or part, to any person or entity for a period of less than 45 days and includes any guest house, cottage, cabin or accessory dwelling which is rented as living quarters. "Rental" means an agreement granting use or possession of a residence, in whole or part, to a person or group in exchange for consideration valued in money, goods, labor, credits or other valuable consideration."

Applicable to residential areas: R-1-1.3, R-1-3.2, R-1-8.6. Not applicable to R-C (Residential- Commercial), GR ( General Recreation) or H (Hamlet) areas or those who live in the home while renting. E.g., "STR standards set forth in this section shall not be applicable to: hosted STR units which are those in which the host is a resident and an owner who lives at the property for at least 184 days per calendar year and is home overnight during the term of the rental."

Basic principles:
Permit required
Safety requirements
Septic requirements
Parking requirements
Requirements vouched for on permit.

No inspections unless a complaint is received
First offense - Fine
Second offense - Fine
Permit revocation
Board of Appeals

Mowing Contract - The mowing contract has been received from the Franklin County Highway Superintendent for mowing of the County Roads 46 and 18. On a motion by Mickey Webb, seconded by Rick Lyon the Board accepted the contract to mow the county roads. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

Dog Control - Due to a recent complaint of a dog being walked off leash and running in neighbor's yards the Town is looking to put up signs that all dogs must be leashed when not in the owner's yard per Local Law 1 of 2010 Dog Control Law of the Town of Santa Clara, Section 3 G. A resident attending the meeting questioned the wording in the law and inquired if the Town could legally put up the signs. Supervisor McGill will contact the Town Attorney on the matter.

Salt Shed - Supervisor McGill would like to start meeting on the plans for a new salt shed now that the Town is no longer shut done due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Scott LaMay has gathered extensive information on different slat sheds. The plans need to be reviewed and a final decision made of what is required so that when New York State opens up the grant processes for salt sheds the Town is prepared to submit an application for one.

Hamlet Plowing Contract - John Murray reported that the contract for the Town of Waverly to plow and sand the Hamlet of Santa Clara is now in the hands of Waverly's attorney. Once it is received by the Town of Santa Clara our Town attorney will review it

Next Board Meeting will be July 9, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.

Open Discussion

Lynne Perry asked about the Planning Board Public Meetings as she is interested in the new short term rental process the Planning Board is working on. The Planning Board posts Public Notices in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and on the Town bulletin board advising of their meetings.

Good of the Town

Scott LaMay, Highway Superintendent, reported that the road sand has been put up for the 2020 -2021 plow season. 1,437 tons at a final cost of $7,700.00. Salt prices this year are down $10.00 a ton to $79.99. The state will be giving CHIPS, EWR and Pave NY money this year but at a 20% reduction. No date on when the Town will receive the money. The 2016 F-250 pickup truck is in the shop again for a front main seal leak. Complaints about log trucks on Floodwood Road have been received. The log trucks are also tearing up the road. The Town is looking into what can be done to prevent the use of the road by log trucks. Complaints about parking on the side of the Floodwood road have also been received. Vehicles and especially emergency vehicles cannot get through the road when vehicles are parked on the side of the road. The Highway department put the no parking on the side of the road signs (per Local Law #3 of 2016) back up, as they are taken down in the winter to be able to plow the road properly.

Mickey Webb reported that he is working with the Town Attorney on abandoning the seasonal Everton Road in the Hamlet. It is not an easy process and is taking a great deal of research and time to process the information on the possibility of abandoning it.

Supervisor McGill reported that Alltech should be here next week to install the fire alarm system in the new building. They are waiting on the electricians lift to be able to reach the ceiling.

General Fund vouchers No. 122 to 147 in the amount of $6,545.19 and Highway Fund vouchers No. 50 to 58 in the amount of $2,948.04 were audited by the Board. Motion by Rick Lyon seconded by John Murray to approve vouchers and pay audited vouchers. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.


Motion to adjourn at 7:24 P.M. made by Dave Perry, seconded by Rick Lyon. All members voting Aye. Motion carried.

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