Zoning Board OKs new storage shed for Bartlett Road petitioner
ROME — The Rome Zoning Board of Appeals approved a request from a Bartlett Road resident in the outer district to building a new, bigger storage shed to replace an old, rotting one.
Two other issues before the board Wednesday night were tabled for future meetings.
Gerald Jones, of 6639 Bartlett Road, petitioned the board to take down an existing 8-foot-by-8-foot shed at the back of his property, and replace it with a new 12-foot-by-24-foot shed. The old shed “has literally rotted into the ground. It isn’t worth fixing,” Jones told the board at the Wednesday evening meeting in Rome City Hall. He said he wants a bigger shed, “So I can get more stuff inside.”
A neighbor and several state and county agencies had no objection to the new shed, and neither did the Zoning Board. They voted unanimously to approve Jones’ new shed.
Also on the agenda:
• Tim Brzuszkiewicz, owner of 5302 Brown Road, petitioned the board to allow one of his tenants to open a state-licensed motor vehicle repair shop in the building. According to Brzuszkiewicz, the building was once used by Al’s Pump and Tank for several decades before he bought the property a decade ago. Brzuszkiewicz used the building for his own company, Evolve Construction, but no longer. Now the building is used for storage and has two tenants, Brzuszkiewicz said, one of whom wants to use the building for a one-man tractor trailer repair business.
“One guy working on a couple of trucks during the week, in and out,” Brzuszkiewicz explained to the board.
The board members expressed their concerns with what might happen to the property should the tenant or Brzuszkiewicz move out and sell it to someone new, who would use the permissions the board grants to build something bigger and more involved. The board also would like for Brzuszkiewicz to address the wetland concerns for the local environment, to learn more about the tenant’s business plans and to see a stronger financial breakdown.
“You need to show us on paper dollars and cents,” said board member Raymond Tucker.
The request was tabled for a future meeting.
• Michael Cline and Peter DiMarco Engineering, owners of 6692, 6696 and 6700 Martin St., petitioned the board to extend a portion of crushed stone on their properties in order to develop a bus parking lot. The board members tabled the decision and said they would need to see the storm water retention plan, the plans for the house adjacent to the property, the total number of buses needed for their contract, the plan for what happens at the end of the 5-year contract, and their plan for snowplowing in the event of a major snowstorm.
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