Board of Zoning Appeals postponed opening a public hearing Thursday on
Karrie and Ryan Thoma’s request for a variance to install a 6-foot fence at
2941 Nautica Dr.
It’s the second
time BZA attorney Julie Paulson informed the board that the couple hadn’t
notified all property owners within 300 feet of their lot perimeter as
required by law.
As they did in
December, the Thomas said they believed they had done the proper
notification and repeated their frustration that town officials hadn’t
helped them enough with questions about their petition.
“I’m not going to
get in an argument with you,” said Paulson. “It’s not my responsibility to
tell you (who’s within 300 feet of you).” She again directed the Thomas to
where the information could be found.
BZA member Jim
Kowalski said his hands are tied if notification wasn’t legally done. Karrie
Thoma said she doesn’t want to put the board in a position of having to
break the law to proceed. The unopened hearing was continued until Feb. 27.
In Thursday’s first
petition the request of Jeremy and Sarah Snowdin also was set for public
hearing that night on a 4-0 vote with BZA member Thomas Browne absent.
explained someone built a 10-foot by 12-foot shed at their 4251 Westwood
Lane home as a surprise for them, but according to town building
commissioner Mike Orlich it was done without a building permit so a
violation notice was issued.
The shed is in a
drainage/utility easement and if the Snowdins opt to keep it in that
location, they will need permission from the Town Council as well as a BZA
variance to have the shed encroach into the side-yard setback.
Town engineer Mark
O’Dell reminded that Westwood Manor experienced flooding previously so the
town needs access to the easement, and BZA member Sig Niepokoj said blocking
it could affect neighbors.
Snowdin’s variance paperwork needs to be revised and expanded, and Orlich
offered to meet with her. It was suggested the couple just move the shed to
In a 2014 BZA
reorganization Rodney Corder was returned as president and Niepokoj elected
vice-president. Gail Murawski was retained as secretary.