Town council approves moratorium on new junkyards and junk storage in Potsdam
BY ADAM ATKINSON
North Country This Week
POTSDAM — The town council has approved a moratorium on new junkyards and junk storage.
The local law establishing the moratorium was passed by the board at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14, after a public hearing before the meeting drew no comment on the measure from town residents.“The Potsdam Town Board recognizes that there is increasing problems with junk around the township and its accumulation could cause undesirable impacts on neighboring properties and/or the town,” the local law reads.
With the passage of the law Tuesday, a 12-month freeze on the establishment of new junkyards or junk storage facilities will be in place as soon as the law is filed with the NYS Secretary of State.
The town board hopes the time will give them a chance to conduct studies, meetings, environmental reviews and hearings on how best to modify town code to better regulate junk yards and junk storage in the town.
According to the new law, no permits or applications for junkyards or junk storage will be approved during the moratorium.
Those determined to be violating the moratorium will be cited by the town code enforcement officer, Jeffrey Murray, and could find themselves in court over the issue.