Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - The Indian Lake Planning Board had a long but productive meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4, holding four public hearings and reaching decisions on four permit applications.
Don McConley Jr., who owns a home on Cedar River Road, got permission to add an 8- by 48-foot porch and a 12 square foot rear addition to his house. The board approved the plans without conditions.
Colleen Delcore and her mother, Nancy Hutchins, wanted a minor two-lot subdivision of land Hutchins owns.
The lot being subdivided includes Pete Hutchins Floor Covering (now closed) and the former Grandma's Things on Main Street. The plan calls for creating a separate lot for the building formerly known as Grandma's Things, which Delcore plans to convert into an office for her law practice.
The board approved both the subdivision and the change in commercial use from retail to professional.
CHIEF SABAEL COTTAGES
Aaron Gadway of Gadway Realty and his clients, Joe and Lenore Steet, had submitted a plan to convert a cottage community on Lakeshore Drive, Chief Sabael Cottages, to a family compound.
Their plan was to remove five cottages totaling 2,844 square feet of living space and replace them with a single-family home of 2,500 to 3,000 square feet of living space.
Robert Kluin raised some concerns and objections. Negotiations among Kluin's attorney, Dan Smith, the Steets and Gadway resulted in the following compromise approved by the planning board.
Six cottages will be removed instead of five. The new home must be at least 80 feet from the lake and at least 60 feet from the lots to either side. The new house may not be larger than 3,000 square feet and no remaining cottages may be used as rentals.
THE SUMMER STORE
The last hearing was on the building known sometimes as the Summer Store and sometimes as the Old Callahan Store in Blue Mt. Lake.
Owner Michael Booth was present with contractor John Starling. He already has a permit to operate the street level of the building as a store, with the condition that the upstairs not be used as living quarters, but now wants to use the upper level as a one-bedroom apartment and leave the first level vacant.
"I no longer want to use the downstairs. I just want to use the upstairs as an apartment," Booth said.
Two residents, Bob Curry and John Collins, were present to express their concerns, primarily if the septic system is sufficient for an apartment.
Booth and Starling thought questions about the septic system had been settled in October 2010, when James Connor of the engineering firm The Chazen Companies, Glens Falls, inspected and did a written report on it.
After much discussion the board authorized the change in use, reasoning the septic system was more than adequate for an apartment that would likely use far less water than a store.
The Indian Lake Planning Board will next meet Wednesday, Oct. 2, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.