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Port North Proposes Extension of Subdivision Moratorium

Landscaper Fees for January 1 Are Set

At the November 1 meeting of the Port Washington North Village Trustees, a proposal was made to extend the subdivision moratorium on development along the waterfront for six months. In response to a request for clarification about the moratorium Mayor Weitzner wrote, “The moratorium was issued a few years ago to examine our existing waterfront zone and surrounding parcels adjacent to it. The purpose was to determine if and how we can expand our waterfront zone to secure more open space and promote maritime recreational activities. We extended it (the moratorium) to have more time to analyze the study done by our planning board and engineers H2M.”

Not all the trustees were on board with the extension. Trustee Michael Schenkler said that the moratorium had been extended “too many times” and it was time to take action. The other trustees agreed but argued that there just isn’t enough time remaining in the current extension to adequately consider the options and that one more extension is necessary. They decided to propose a six-month extension which will include language specifying that this would be the last extension for the moratorium. The trustees voted to present the motion to extend the moratorium at a public hearing during the December 6 meeting. Trustee Schenkler abstained and Trustee Mike Malatino was not present.

During the meeting, Steve Kaplan was sworn in as the Commissioner of Emergency Management to fill the position recently vacated by Alex Moshos. Trustee Schenkler noted that, “Steve has been a dutiful servant of our village for more years than I have lived here and I have been here for 35 years. This is a nice step up for him.”

The board also voted to implement a $25 landscaper permit fee effective January 1 with a $5 fee for each additional truck. The modification to the village code passed in June requires all landscapers operating in the village to obtain a permit.

At the next trustees meeting on December 6 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a hearing on the contract renewal with the Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department. This hearing will be in addition to the hearing on the extension of the subdivision moratorium.