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October 24, 2016
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Tusten residents express support for Article 14; zoning update would ban gas drilling

Other concerns

While the overwhelming number of comments related to gas drilling and high-impact uses, some other concerns were also brought up. The number of dogs allowed to be kept in one house would be dropped from five to three. Also the new regulations, as written, would prevent homeowners from storing on their property more that one recreational vehicle at a time, which would mean that if a resident has a boat on the property, the resident, for instance, could not have a snowmobile or camper.

Additionally, home businesses would be limited to having two employees, and could have no signage and no retail sales.

The bookkeeper referendum

Supervisor Peg Harrison said that the referendum regarding whether the bookkeeper should remain an appointment to be made by the supervisor or be changed to allow the full town board to have input on the selection will not be on the ballot in November.

According to Harrison, the county did not receive the language, which had to have been approved by the full board, in time to make it onto the November ballot.

Council member Carol Wingert made the motion in August to hold the referendum in November, but there was no vote to change the language. The Sullivan County Board of Elections told the town clerk Kathy Michell to run the language of the referendum past the town attorney, Jeff Clemente. Harrison got the language back from Clemente on September 15 but, by then, it was too late to get the question on the ballot.