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2018-08-09 / Front Page

Resident claims business owner failed to follow development plan

by KATE PELCZYNSKI
Editor


The development plan was approved for this Main Street property, but neighbors are unhappy with the landscaping. The development plan was approved for this Main Street property, but neighbors are unhappy with the landscaping. Neighbors living near a Main Street business are furious after they claim the owners of the business violated their development plan.

Rob Scibran and his wife, Lisa, live on South Willow Street. Their property, Scibran says, overlooks 259 Main, which houses the office of Chubb Real Estate. Scibran says the property is not properly landscaped and is littered with dead shrubs and weeds. He also said the owner of the property, Barry Chubb, failed to replace all of the trees that were removed on the property.

“I want to know why no one is overseeing this whole entire thing for the past year. The previous mayor chose not to be responsible and said he had nothing to do with it,” Scibran said. “I think he’s wrong, I think you are responsible for village code and somebody should be.”


Scibran said not enough trees, like the one pictured above, were planted on the property to replace the ones that had been taken down by the property owners. Scibran said not enough trees, like the one pictured above, were planted on the property to replace the ones that had been taken down by the property owners. Mayor Peter Mercurio said he has been working on the situation with Village Administrator Kathy Thomas and Building Inspector Bill Kramer.

“Everything that was on the development plan was in place except for about 16 feet of fencing that’s supposed to go on the east property line by the condominium,” said Mercurio, adding that the property owner said he would take care of the issue in the next week.

Kramer agreed that Chubb followed the development plan, adding the necessary trees and shrubs. He admitted that while the dead shrubs need to be replaced, he hasn’t been to the property recently to check on its condition. Kramer also said he believes the property is just dry from the summer heat and that it probably needs a little water.

“I don’t have the opportunity to drive around and check out all the shrubs in the town and see what’s dead and what’s alive,” Kramer said. “They planted the trees that were specified in the development plan. That’s all I can tell you.”

Scibran disagrees.

“Someone failed to make sure the code was enforced,” he said, putting the blame on village leaders. “The village has failed to protect the residents of this area, the whole village, by not enforcing this originally.”

Scibran added that he can’t argue with the manager of the business, Dan Kieffer, because ultimately, Kieffer has the approved development plan.

“That’s all he keeps saying. ‘Well they approved it.’ We’ve got weeds, we’ve got dead shrubs, we’ve got no fencing.”

Scibran said he would like to see a fence erected around the property, something to replace the one he claims was destroyed by Chubb.

Mercurio said he will meet with both Chubb and Scibran in the future.

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