The Torrey Town Board has adopted a six month moratorium on subdivisions within the township pending the draft of local zoning laws including a subdivision chapter.

This is the next step in the 33-month process of updating the town’s zoning laws to correspond with the town’s comprehensive plan, which was rewritten in 2008.

According to Town Clerk Betty Daggett, a public hearing on the revised zoning code will be held on Jan. 25.

Following the vote, property owner Steve Eskildsen said, “You just made my land worthless.”
Eskildsen and his family own property just north of Long Point that a New Jersey development company had planned to convert to a planned unit development (PUD) that would include single and multiple family homes.

A 2008 moratorium was enacted to allow the town time to draft a PUD law.

Eskildsen and others in the audience questioned  the board’s decision making  process. Dep. Supervisor John Martini vigorously objected, and defended the board’s decisions as open and in the public record.

Other business at the board’s Jan. 11 meeting included:

• APPOINTMENTS: The board approved several appointments, including Deputy Supervisor John Martini at $503/year, Deputy Highway Superintendent David Bond at $2000/year, Deputy Town Clerks Helga Poreda/Virginia Dunning at $11/hour, Supervisor’s Bookkeeper Betty Daggett at $15/hour, Justice Data Entry Clerk Michael Mashewske at $10/hour (20 hrs./month max.). Annual compensation for Zoning and Planning Boards was set at: Chairs and Secretaries at $150, Members at $100.

• RETIREMENT: The board also accepted the retirement of Glenn “Dick” Mashewske from the position of Highway Superintendent, with thanks for his  years of service. Dresden resident Tim Chambers offered himself as a candidate to fill in for Mashewske, presenting copies of his resume to the board. It was decided in executive session to have Deputy Highway Superintendent David Bond fill in at his current pay until the election in November.

• ATTENDANCE: Supervisor Patrick Flynn, Councilors Linda Francisco, John Martini, Burge Morris, Colby Petersen, Clerk Betty Daggett, Highway Superintendent Dick Mashewske, and 12 members of the public attended.

The board’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Torrey Town Hall.