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Hearing on trailer, RV storage put off

The Hamburg Village Board put the brakes on a proposal to ban trailers and RVs from being stored in driveways and other outdoor areas on Tuesday, amid a backlash of opposition.

A public hearing on the measure was canceled in order to reconsider how to craft the ban, Mayor Thomas Moses said.

The proposal has been referred to the Traffic Safety Committee and to the Planning Commission for comment.

That didn't stop residents from speaking out at the board's meeting Tuesday, and they voiced concern about the storage ban.

"We're already paying close to $7,000 in taxes," said Christopher Venti of Holiday Lane. "I don't think it's fair that we'd have to find storage -- I can't afford $150 a month for storage."

Venti said he keeps a trailer for motocross bikes and is planning to get an RV.

Notices of the proposal have been circulating and stirring concern among residents. People at the meeting worried that they might not be able to leave their boats, campers and trailers parked in their driveways, even for short periods of time.

Justin Kelly said an inspector has warned him to move his RV, which he recently bought and is working on, from his family's property on Prospect Avenue.

"He's pretty adamant about me getting it off the property," Kelly said.

The task facing the village, Trustee Michael S. Cerrone said, is to target the measure at long-term outdoor storage of dilapidated vehicles, without affecting short-term parking. "It's about a person who lets an RV sit on their property 25 years and it becomes and eyesore," he said.

But that situation doesn't apply to most owners of campers, residents said. "You pay a lot of money to keep it insured and registered," one camper owner said, "you want to keep it up."

Existing code bans storage of campers and trailers over 24 feet long, and requires a permit. But the section has long been unenforced, and permits haven't been issued for years, Moses said.

After complaints about parked campers came in recently, the village sought to update the ordinance and drop the permit requirement. The revised code will probably address the length of time involved in "storage" to ensure that short-term parking is permitted, Moses said.

A revised measure will probably be ready for a public hearing in April, he said.

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