Milo adult zone opposed by Severne residents

John Christensen

At the regular Milo Town Board meeting Dec. 17, the public hearing on the state mandated adult entertainment zone the board has proposed in the industrial zone on Severne Road west of Rte. 14 near Himrod, met with opposition from property owners.

Jake Welch, an attorney who has property just off Severne, presented arguments against the zone, saying that placing it on "unsaleable" land made the town vulnerable to opposing lawsuits, and believes this would place the rest of Severne Road at risk of being considered for an adult establishment. Welch presented material he says is US Supreme Court cases that support his argument, and says the town should place the zone in the agricultural zone on a back road to make it unattractive to any such business.

Barbara Tiffany, another property owner, opposes the zone for fear of possible increased traffic. She presented at petition with 21 signatures opposing the location. Deputy Supervisor John Socha said the matter would be held over for the board to consider, and with no other comments from the public, the hearing was closed.

Other business;

Annexation – In a joint meeting with the Penn Yan Village Board, Milo approved the annexation of the .55 acre property of Neil Freeland on Outlet Road after completing a joint SEQR process. Penn Yan approved the annexation in a separate meeting.

Organizational Meeting – scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 3.

Code enforcement – Legal action by the town attorney was approved against three property owners; one on Baker Road, one on Outlet Road, one on Hoyt Road, each regarding building and lot cleanups that have been pending for over a year.

Fence Law – Board comments are sought for discussion on a proposed law regulating the construction of fences.

Sign Law – a proposed sign law was opposed by the code enforcement officer and the advisory committee. A new law will be drafted after adoption of the comprehensive plan.