Our Issue on the Front Page!
The Journal News has featured our issue on the front page of the Sunday edition!
They report that: Spring Valley fails to provide public documents under FOIL, lacks transparency
Reporter Steve Lieberman found that “the village has missed deadlines or failed to provide The Journal News/lohud with agendas of government meetings, votes during those meetings, and minutes about who spoke during the sessions.”
He also quoted an email from SV CUPON member Steve White to the village, saying “It appears that the village of Spring Valley is trying it’s best to make these public meetings into private ones,”
Getting the attention of the major media is an important step in achieving our goal of holding our village planning and zoning boards accountable for the safety of all our citizens.
It is very important that everyone try to make the meetings this Wednesday, November 28!
The meetings will be at village hall, 200 N Main St, and start at 7:00 PM.
Items on the agenda will include granting a use variance for property on the corner of Main St. and Sneden Pl W.
The use variance is for converting this property into a school. There has been a small school operating illegally (the previous Building Inspector had wrongly issued a certificate of occupancy) for years.
However, a use variance is attached to the current occupant, it would apply to any future occupant, regardless of the size!
This particular section of Main St. already has:
- two large schools
- village hall
- the police department
- two large churches
- a shopping mall
- several apartment buildings
AND it is the only access for the hundreds of condo units on Sneden Pl. and Creekside Circle!!!
At the same time that the ZBA will be holding this public hearing, the village board is holding its own public hearing on a land use permit on the corner of Ewing Ave and Rose Ave. They decided to hold both hearings on the same night, even though residents complained about it the last time they did it.
You are also encouraged to attend the next SV CUPON meeting which will take place on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church. The address is 3 Hoyt St.
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