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2018-07-12 / Front Page

Canterbury Court residents complain about commercial vehicles on street

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Editor

A number of residents from Canterbury Court and surrounding Potter Avenue let village officials know they are out of options when it comes to finding a solution to residents on Canterbury Court who are parking commercial vehicles.

Patricia Justicia-linde, a Canterbury Court resident, spoke on behalf of the large contingent of neighborhood residents who attended Monday’s Village Board meeting.

Justicia-linde brought the board a petition signed by many of her neighbors about the commercial vehicles being parked in a residential area all the time for several months.

“There’s an unlicensed truck parked there in front of one of these vehicles all the time,” Justicia-linde said.

The individuals who live at the residence in question cut up a tree and didn’t properly clean it up, operated loud motorcycles, urinated on an adjacent property, blocked a street with vehicles and trailers, and caused issues with snowplowing due to the commercial vehicles on the street, according to statements by the neighbors.

“This particular property has been causing all of us a bit of distress, particularly because of the vehicles parked there, which we feel are inappropriate in a residential area,” she said.

Justicia-linde said the residents of the home did receive permission to make their driveway wider, but she added that neighbors are concerned that the driveway will now be housing more commercial vehicles.

Dawn Robertson, a resident of the adjacent Potter Avenue, said the house in question is behind her home.

“This truck has been there for six months and it’s an eyesore,” Robertson said. ... “The number of vehicles that they’re parking there is out of hand.”

Robertson added that she had no issue with the widening of the driveway because it would prevent the residents from parking on their lawn and causing issues for surrounding neighbors.

Neighbors also said the residents are keeping construction equipment at the residence.

Mayor Jo Ann Litwin Clinton said there is nothing preventing a resident from parking a commercial vehicle in a driveway, but she added that people can’t run a business out of the home. The home in question once housed a hair salon.

She said Andrew Geist, the town’s building inspector, who is covering for the village until a new code enforcement officer and building inspector is hired, will look into the issue.

“We’ll have him review it to make sure that’s not happening [a business being run out of a household], and also we’ll look at the vehicles parked,” Litwin Clinton said. “If they’re not plated, we can do something, but if they have plates on them we can’t do anything with them.”

Deputy Mayor Matthew Hartung told the residents that if they see vehicles without plates to contact the Orchard Park Police Department.

Litwin Clinton said she would tell a neighborhood representative for the group about what the building inspector finds out regarding the property.

In another matter, the village established a special events contract for all for-profit and not-for-profit events in the village. The contract will have a $50 fee, which will cover the cost of the inspections and paperwork required by the village.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in Village Hall, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

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