Lee board meets in closed session on lawsuit

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TOWN OF LEE — A Town Board special meeting in closed executive session Wednesday night included bringing the board up to date on litigation involving a storage rental unit project, according to Lee Supervisor John Urtz.

No formal board actions/votes were taken, Urtz said today. The meeting lasted about 45 minutes, he added.

Urtz had no further comment about the meeting or the litigation. The board’s next regular meeting is Oct. 13.

The town and a developer for a storage rental unit project off Turin Road have both filed legal actions in state Supreme Court, town attorney David Rapke said after the Town Board’s regular meeting Sept. 8 that included scheduling the special session held Wednesday night.

Rapke said the town’s legal summons and complaint against Batchwood 1998 LLC is seeking to stop further construction from proceeding on the project until the necessary permits have been issued; he said construction has begun without a building permit. The developer, meanwhile, also has filed a legal summons and complaint, seeking to secure a building permit, Rapke added. A site plan review for the project was approved by the town Planning Board in December 2018.

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