Town of Johnstown Zoning Board of Appeals

2753 State Highway 29, Johnstown, NY 12095


6:00 PM

PRESENT:      Randy Siver, Chairman                             ABSENT:        Margaret Graves

                        Joseph Cirillo, Vice Chairman

                        Denis Wilson

                        Clarence Chamberlain III

                        Ryan Fagan, Building Inspector

                        Connie MacFarland, Code Assistant


I.           Call meeting to order at 6:00 pm by Vice Chairman:  Joe Cirillo

(Randy Siver joined meeting at 6:02 pm)


II.         Approve January 5, 2017 minutes


Motion made by:     Clarence Chamberlain III       

Seconded by: Joe Cirillo      

In favor:        ALL     




Area variance:  Borrego Solar, (Robert Smullen) 200 W State St Ext., Gloversville, NY    SBL# 134.-1-7

A 200’ setback is required from property lines abutting residential uses.  Request variance of 150’ to accommodate solar array.  (Representing Borrego Solar - C. Dean Smith, Civil Engineer, Borrego Solar)

Mr. Smith gave short presentation illustrating the location of the project, and where the variance is needed.  In order for the project to be feasible, leave more trees on the property to protect the trout stream, and avoid the wetlands, a 50’ setback is requested.  The only residential owner directly affected sent a letter indicating his approval of the project.  He has a house and few barns for storage.  The project will be buffered by trees and fence screening. 


Motion to schedule public hearing on April 6, 2017 made by:           Denis Wilson

Seconded by:       Joe Cirillo

In favor:    All


IV:  Other Business (if any):  Ryan said that an LED Sign distributor indicated he wanted to meet with the ZBA, for an increase in size of LED billboard, however he has not applied.  Two parcels were returned to the Town of Johnstown, were DOT right of way, on S. Kingsboro Ave.  Just came on tax roll as two separate parcels.  First Choice Financial (FCTCU) purchased one, and want an increase in signage from 300 sq feet to 600 sq ft.  Second parcel may also want the same.  Are in front of the Planning Board, but no application for increase yet.


V:   Motion to close meeting at: 6:11 pm made by:     Denis Wilson

Seconded by:  Joe Cirillo             In favor:          All