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November 21, 2013

Town eyeing dog license fee increase

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A $1 increase in annual dog registration fees is being eyed.

A public hearing will be held Dec. 4 on a proposed local law that would increase to $8 from $7 the fee for licensing a spayed or neutered dog, and to $18 from $17 per dog that’s not spayed or neutered, effective next year.

The town last raised the local dog licensing fee in 2010-11, by $1 per dog, when it took over licensing duties from the state.

According to Town Clerk Nancy Brooks, the anticipated extra revenue from raising the fee, up to $2,400, is needed to help offset costs of the licensing program, which includes supplies such as tags, paper, postage and a computer program, and services of the town dog control officer.

Brooks said those costs have come in higher than was anticipated three years ago, when the state turned over all aspects of dog licensing to its towns and cities. In addition, she said, the volume of paperwork has increased with dog control officer Barry Kobrin’s aggressive efforts at dog enumeration and complaint investigation.

“Raising the fee will help to defray some of these costs,” Brooks said.

The proposed local law was introduced at a Wednesday work session of the town board.

In other business, the board:

• Set a public hearing date of Dec. 4 on a proposed local law to change the land zoning of 6621 Dysinger Road to Business-2 from Business-1.

The property, which last housed the late Ken Swan’s construction business, is being eyed by Lacey Heavy Equipment Repair, an established business on Riddle Road that wants a presence in a commercial corridor, Supervisor Marc Smith said. Lacey would relocate to Dysinger Road.

Technically, only light commercial uses are permitted on B-1 zoned land. B-2 zoning allows for heavier commercial uses.

Smith said he checked out Lacey’s current site last week and was impressed.

“They run a really clean operation; it’s well landscaped. ... It’s something we’d like to encourage,” he said.

• Approved a name change for IDA Park Drive North, in the town industrial park, to Commerce Drive. The change, recommended to eliminate confusion with IDA Park Drive in the park, will take place next April.

• Approved the town’s application to the state to be recognized as an “MS4” (small municipal stormwater sewer system) community. The MS4 designation, triggered by town population passing the 20,000 mark, isn’t exactly coveted, according to Smith.

It’s mandatory, per federal environmental regulations, and it puts the town rather than the state Department of Environmental Conservation in charge of local stormwater management efforts.

The goal of stormwater management programs is to reduce the amount of pollutants carried by stormwater during storm events to waterbodies to the “maximum extent practicable,” according to D.E.C.

With its signoff on the application, the board appointed Brian Belson, senior building inspector, as the town’s stormwater management officer.