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Fort Ann updating its Right to Farm Law

Fort Ann updating its Right to Farm Law



Fort Ann Town Board, Monday evening

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Nine years after the town passed a Right to Farm Law, the Town Board is moving to meet two requirements that have never been followed up on. “It turns out there were some things we were supposed to do that we have not done,” Supervisor Richard Moore said at Monday’s meeting. One requirement is to send a letter to the Southern Adirondack Realtors informing the group that the town has such a law. The other requirement is to appoint five people to a board to mediate any disputes arising from the law, which creates agricultural districts in which particular anti-farming ordinances may not be passed. The board needs to include two local residents involved in agriculture, one local resident not involved in agriculture and two other people. Moore said anyone interested in being on the board should contact him.

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The board honored Town Historian Virginia Parrott for her 44 years of service as town historian. Moore presented her with a plaque and flowers. Parrott, who remains town historian, has also been the registrar of vital statistics since 1983 and was town tax collector from 1982 until 2005.

Moore reported on the Oct. 21 noise study done by Novus Engineering, saying the study ran into issues because the ambient background noise at the sites being tested varied from time to time, making it difficult to determine whether motorcycles at the ADK MX track on Route 149 were exceeding the 6-decibel increase set by the Planning Board. “We are still trying to find a realistic answer,” Moore said.

The town has until Nov. 30 to submit forms to the Civil War Trust regarding the purchase of Battle Hill for preservation. Moore said he expects to hear back in November. The closing date for the purchase from Big Boy Construction is May 1.

The school district has withdrawn a request to use town property behind the highway garage for a solar-panel project. Moore said Superintendent Kevin Froats said the district has decided not to pursue the project because savings would not be as high as expected.

The board accepted a bid of $9,063 from a California company to build a kayak launch at the town park on the Champlain Canal. The town is working with the state Canal Corp. on a grant to install the launch.

The town will host a noise ordinance workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Town Hall.

On Dec. 8, town officials, local fire departments and emergency groups will meet to do a tabletop exercise designed to develop responses to another dam break or other issue at Hadlock Pond.

Next meeting

7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Fort Ann firehouse

You can read Bill Toscano’s blog at or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.


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