The North Haven Village Board unanimously appointed seven residents to its newly formed ad hoc deer committee, which will be chaired by trustee Jeff Sander.
The village board created the committee in an effort to study deer management strategies for the village in the wake of continued calls for tick abatement by some members of the North Haven community.
During its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 5, the village board appointed Larry Baum, Steve Hatfield, Susan Kinsella, Alexander Kriegsman, Joseph Kunzeman, Christopher Miller and David Saskas to the deer committee. In addition to Sander, Mayor Laura Nolan will also serve as an ex-officio member of the committee.
The committee will be charged with studying deer management strategies, including ways to reduce tick populations and Lyme disease and the reduction of the deer herd. According to the resolution, they must provide a report to the North Haven Village Board no later than April 9.
Resident Bill Brauninger asked the village board on Tuesday night to consider expanding its law regarding signs in North Haven and at the very least asked that the village ensure the existing sign laws were enforced.
Last year, in an effort to preserve the residential character of North Haven, the village board considered revamping its sign law. Village attorney Anthony Tohill went as far as to draft recommendations for the board to consider that would regulate signage, including banning illuminated signs or representational signs, regulating construction and real estate signs to 18-inches-by-24-inches, and only allowing one per site located no closer to the roadway than four feet from the front of a main building. He suggested that “sold” or “in contract” signs could also be prohibited.
Name signs would be regulated to two-square-feet and street numbers to one-square foot, although pre-existing signs would be able to remain until a property changed hands, under Tohill’s concept. Political signs would be allowed for 90 days, but not on the shoulder of the street, which is a public thoroughfare, he added.
However, some residents vocally opposed the concept of signage regulation and since last spring, the village board has not entertained a formal proposal to change existing sign laws.
On Tuesday, Brauninger said even the existing sign laws are being violated on a number of properties in the village and at the very least the village should ensure its code is being upheld.
Under the existing North Haven sign regulations, one non-illuminated nameplate or professional sign in an area not over two square feet is permitted as are real estate signs. However, under the code, each property is only entitled to one, non-illuminated sign either on the front of a residence or, if free standing like many real estate signs, is 25-feet away from any street line and 15-feet away from any property line.
Real estate signs must be immediately removed once a transaction has been completed, under the code.
Subdivision signs are also regulated under the code, and subdivisions are only entitled to one, non-illuminated sign not to exceed 10 square feet in area. They also must be 25-feet from a street line and 15-feet from a property line.
Brauninger said if residents or subdivisions have a problem complying with these regulations, the village should require them to apply for a variance from the North Haven Village Zoning Board of Appeals.
Noting that East Hampton Village has enacted stricter signage regulations, Nolan said she believed this was an issue that was still on the table for North Haven Village.
“I am right there with you,” agreed trustee E. Diane Skilbred.
In other news, the village board announced it will host its tax sale, if necessary, on March 19 at 10 a.m. The next North Haven Village Board meeting will be held on March 5 at 5 p.m. The village board will have a public hearing on a local law that will allow the village to pierce a two-percent property tax levy cap mandated by the State of New York, if necessary, in the 2013-2014 budget.