B y Jaime Thomas
A Granville man is tired of hearing his neighbor’s barnyard animals every day.
Marvin Hawk asked the town board Thursday night what he can do about the crowing and cock-a-doodle-doing in his neighborhood.
“I’m back to beat a dead rooster,” Hawk said. “I realize the town’s got a right to farm law, and I respect it. But I get these things going from 5 in the morning ‘til dark. It’s affecting the quality of life for some of us.”
He told members of the board they need to look at lot size in regard to the farm law and mentioned that he’s raised crow in the past about the issue.
“I’m all in favor of farms, but the biggest lot up there is a quarter-acre. It’s pure, plain noise—it doesn’t stop,” he said of the roosters’ crowing. “Number one, I don’t’ sleep; it affects my quality of life. Number two, it affects my property value.”
Councilman Matt Rathbun suggested Hawk look at a newer nuisance law, and members of the board said they would look into the problem.
A representative from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance came to the meeting to talk with the officials and residents about the STAR program.
He explained that homeowners who currently receive the basic STAR exemption must re-register in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and future years. A letter was sent out to eligible residents with a home code, but those who lost the letter need not worry.
The representative explained that residents can look up their codes at www.tax.ny.gov, as long they have their own and their spouse’s social security numbers. According to the state, seniors receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement. However, in order to receive the Enhanced STAR, seniors must continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program.
The representative also said those who are almost 65 when they turn in paperwork to their assessor should fill out STAR registration. To register by phone call 457-2036.
Highway Superintendent John Tanner told the board employees will be repaving several roads in the town if weather permits.
Hawk asked Tanner where Riverside Drive, in Middle Granville, fits into the list of roads to be repaved.
“That road is in serious need of attention, and it needs it sooner than later. It should be soon on the list to be completely repaved; it’s beyond patching,” he said.
Tanner said that road was re-blacktopped in the last five to six years, which he said is recent in the scheme of town roadways.
Town Supervisor Matt Hicks announced that he has to present a tentative budget for the upcoming year to Town Clerk Jenny Martelle by Sept. 30, so they will be meeting to do so.
The next town board meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.