Elizabethtown ZBA cause of contention

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Elizabethtown Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met on Monday or did it?

Issues with the legality of the ZBA simmered under the surface as about 20 residents attended the first meeting of the board in years on Sept. 10.

Board members unaware of appointments
ZBA chairman Brent Vosburg said he didn't know he'd been appointed as the chairman of the ZBA until four days before the meeting. Vosburg said he was "flabbergasted" by the appointment, adding that he had no time to prepare to serve in the role. He attended the meeting, but resigned from the board immediately after.

Board member Jeanne Frisbee was upset about the meeting, calling it illegal, bringing copies of state laws and ZBA procedures. She said she had been interested in serving on the board, but found the current situation untenable.

If you're not going to follow the rules, especially with the board of appeals, we're set up for liabilities that are unbelievable. I don't think I want a part of that. Mr. Vosburg and I are mostly here tonight out of an obligation to the community, said Frisbee.

The third person appointed to the three-person board had no interesting in being a member.

Town supervisor Noel Merrihew called the problems with the ZBA an oversight. He explained that it had been several years since the ZBA met, and town officials had gotten into the habit of reappointing the same people at the regular organizational meeting annually.

Merrihew said that the town had problems finding people to serve on the boards, and was seeking interested individuals to serve on the ZBA.

Garage construction allowed to continue
Vosburg opened the meeting up to take public comment on Rita and Gary Mitchell's 8229 River Street property. Work on it had been stopped after it was determined that there had been confusion in the hamlet's zoning laws.

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