The town attorney and supervisor presented their ideas on a proposed law regulating junkyards and scrap yards at a work session Thursday night.
The operators would have to put up bonds of between $5,000 and $50,000 to guarantee that they will not be breaking any town laws on storing junk.
Town Attorney Kevin M. Kearney said the Town Board also could establish a six-month moratorium on posting the bond to give the owners a chance to show they will be into compliance.
Kearney said the board also could lower the minimum bond to $1,000 and retain the discretion to set any amount it choses for each owner.
Supervisor Steven C. Richards has said that some junkyard owners have allowed their junk to pile up in the streets, blocking road access. "I personally feel that the bond should be one set price," he said, suggesting $5,000. "And that will separate the good boys and the bad boys."
However, two operators who were present Thursday said they had their own ideas and presented a three-page letter to the board. Daniel A. Garlock of Garlock's Auto Wrecking, located at 2360 Maryland Ave., said the proposed laws were unfair because his yard is the only one in town that has to have a state license for dismantling automobiles.
He also suggested that the Town Board include limiting the number of tires stored in junkyards. Garlock said there was one local yard he would not name that currently stores 8,000 to 10,000 tires on its property without having a fence around them. "We've been paying to get rid of ours."
He and Allen H. Garlock suggested in the letter written by Allen Garlock that owners should only have to pay a bond if they are not complying with the law outside of the premises, and that there should be a set bond amount for everyone. They also suggested that each owner should pay $5,000 in total for the first two years, $2,500 in total for years three and four, and nothing for years five and six.
Richards said the matter would be discussed further at the next work session at 7 p.m. Thursday.
In another matter, Town Clerk Cindy W. Suitor told the board the recent dog census showed 444 licensed dogs in the town. Tyler Herman and his grandmother, Jean Pasek, counted all of the town's dogs, Mrs. Suitor said.
The two visited 3,730 houses in eight weeks. Partly as a result of the census, 936 cats or dogs were taken to the town's free rabies clinic, and town employees licensed about 200 animals, she said.
The board will hold a public hearing on the proposed 1998 budget at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The board will hold one more work session on the budget at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before producing a final version.
On Oct. 3 Richards presented a proposed budget of $7.2 million that would reduce special district taxes by about 8 percent. Homeowners do not pay a town tax.