ZBA is unfairly criticized in Gaines

Posted 9 November 2018 at 7:43 am


There seems to be a lot of whining in the Town of Gaines about the Zoning Board of Appeals coupled with some misinformation and exaggeration.

1. Regarding the Dollar General, the “Proper Procedure” for any permit application is to first contact the code enforcement officer who then gathers information, applications and direction on the application process. Why no complaints there?

2. The ZBA is a judicial Board. The last meeting was ZBA business, not an open public forum. Its purpose was to conduct ZBA business including new by-laws to replace the old ones that came up missing from the Town Hall (despite constant requests to look at security footage and an investigation).

3. As for the noise and not able to hear… there were plenty of seats up front and an offer was made to those seats which was ignored.

4. There are signage laws in the Town of Gaines which should be followed. It appears that a certain group of residents prefer to pick and choose which laws they want to follow and which ones they would like to ignore. In case you did not know, flags are much different than signs. Please ask your neighbor where I can get a Trump flag.


Sue Smith