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Holland sets hearing on proposal to toughen drilling standards

The Holland Town Board this week scheduled a public hearing on a proposed law that will toughen drilling standards in the town.

If approved, the new local law would require individuals or companies drilling for oil or gas to test surrounding water wells prior to drilling.

The hearing will be held at 8:15 p.m. May 9 at Town Hall.

"We're concerned. In the event we have development in this town, we want to make sure we don't inadvertently do harm to the water supply," Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk said.

He added that because all residents in Holland rely on well water, it is imperative to protect the town's aquifer.

Another proposed local law, dealing with garage sales, was sent to the Planning Board for refining. In draft form, it calls for no more than three garage sales a year per property. In addition, those sales must be at least 30 days apart.

Kasprzyk said the effort is aimed at preventing the "week-after-week" sales sprawling across some lawns all summer long.

Board member Roberta Herr questioned how the proposed law would be enforced.

Zoning Enforcement Officer Michael Sluce said he would address violations.

In other matters, the board approved a new paint ball business for the Holland Motor Sports Complex.

A group called Promotions Perfected, run by the owners of the speedway, was given a special-use permit to run the paint ball business on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as at other times by special appointment.

Ronald Bennett, town attorney and Speedway president, said the new feature will be up and running when the track opens later this spring.

Also, Patrick Joyce, town facilities manager, said demolition of a house at 255 Vermont St., which was deemed unfit for habitation, has been completed. Efforts to get the owners to rectify code violations over a period of four and a half years went unanswered.

Kasprzyk said the cost of the demolition, including the time Joyce spent managing the project, will be added to the property's tax bill.