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Possible zoning changes on the way for Ripley

November 16, 2016
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - Residents of R-2 zoned areas of Route 5 may see changes in the zoning that would allow particular businesses to be established there, Ripley board members learned at a recent meeting.

Town Supervisor, Douglas Bowen told the board that the R-2 District zoning review deals principally with the north side of Route 5, which is currently zoned residential. He said "surveys have been sent to property owners, letting them know that we may change the zoning in the area."

Bowen said the response from the surveys has been very good. We've received 86 back already, he said. "What we basically are seeing, we've had requests for reception halls, wineries, and such," Bowen said. The intent is to maintain the character of the area, while allowing such businesses to open on Route 5, he added.

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Photo by David Prenatt
The tunnel slide at the Ripley Playground will be replaced with a “Sky Rail Climber/Ladder.”

In other business, Bowen asked the board for approval of the 2017 budget. He noted that the board conducted budget work sessions in October, and a public hearing had been held prior to the November board meeting. Board members voted unanimously to accept the final 2017 town budget.

Town clerk Rebecca Rowe informed board members that options for repairing or replacing the broken playground tunnel slide have been explored. She said it would cost $5000 to purchase a new tunnel slide.

Rowe said board members Robert McIntosh and John Hamels met with representatives and were given ideas for alternatives. She said a sky rail climber/ladder would provide children with a new playground experience and would only cost the town $1325, plus $250 for delivery.

The board approved the purchase of the Sky Rail Climber/Ladder. McIntosh noted that the broken tunnel slide needs to be roped off or removed, with safety measures set up where is was attached, since the new equipment is expected to be delivered in the spring.

Bowen also told board members that he had received correspondence from Level 3 and the Ripley Veterans of Foreign Wars. He said the Level 3 communication would require no action from the board at the present time.

Bowen said the letter from Level 3 mentions Executive Order 11246, which deals with equal employment opportunities and non-discrimination in government employment. The correspondence also refers to Executive Order 13496, Notification of Employee rights under federal labor laws.

The letter from the Ripley VFW requests the use of the Ripley Board room on the fourth Thursday of every month for meetings, Bowen said. The VFW specifically asked that the group be permitted to use the room at 10:30 am, instead of in the evening, he added. The board approved a motion to grant the request of the VFW.



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