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Plans to change local RV storage law postponed again after months of debate

After months of sometimes heated debate by residents, plans to change a local law on the storage of boats, trailers and other recreational vehicles were postponed again Monday by the Town Board and will not be voted on until next month, when the summer season is over.

Supervisor Merton K. Weipert said during the meeting that making any changes to the law is "tricky and complicated."

The 1983 law, which prohibits parking recreational vehicles in front of a house, came under fire in June when residents complained that they were being cited.

In July, a plan to change the law, which would allow residents to store one recreational vehicle in front of their house or on a driveway, also came under fire, especially by subdivision residents who had asked for the tougher enforcement that prompted the complaints in June. Weipert told The Buffalo News that the old law remains in effect until any change is made.

However, after Monday's meeting, Weipert said that the law had rarely been enforced, unless there was a complaint.

"You've got people with small properties and people with acreage. And this law does not just deal with boats, but also trailers and motor homes, and when you get out in the country, people might have all of the above," Weipert said.

He said the board has been trying to create one law and enforce it for all.

"There is two different densities in the town. It's not a one-size-fits-all," Weipert said of their concerns.

The board members said a public hearing on changing the law, opened in July, would remain open. Plans are to vote on it at the next meeting, Sept. 12.

"I'd like to get this done next month if we are satisfied with the final draft," Weipert said at Monday's meeting.

There was no discussion from the public about the law Monday night.

In another matter, the board officially adopted a Town of Porter 200th Anniversary Founder's Day recognition weekend, for June 1-3 next year. A Founder's Day committee has already been formed, and more people are joining every day, Weipert said.

"There's lots of good ideas. I think it will be a good celebration," he said.

The board also made a resolution that will ask the state Department of Transportation for a traffic study to lower the speed limit on Blairville Road near the Village of Youngstown.

A resident who asked the town for the change said the population was increasing in the area and noted that the change from 30 mph in the village to 55 mph just outside of it is too abrupt.