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Push still on, but Dollar General plan hits a snag in Farnham

The process of bringing a new Dollar General store to the Village of Farnham continues to push forward, though it may have hit a snag.

While certain items have been moving along swimmingly, including survey teams conducting a topographical survey as well as prepping to test the soil at the site, Mayor Julie Ann Gibbons says that there is an issue with the village’s zoning and planning boards, which have been largely nonexistent for the past 13 years since there was virtually nothing to meet about.

“In the past, our zoning and planning boards, because there was no activity in the village that required major zoning board appeals or planning board approval, there was more or less a moratorium on the requirements for regular meetings of the those boards,” Gibbons said.

The village also faces an issue with not having enough members to fill seats on either board, though the village has reached out to all pre-existing board members.

“The planning and zoning board members, of which there are five to each board, have all been contacted, telling them that they are to continue doing what they are to be doing.”

Where the problems lie however, is that not all members are interested in returning to duty.

“Several of the board members are no longer interested in being on those boards. The last time they were contacted was March of last year because at the organizational meeting they are either reappointed or have to resign their position. And those terms are for five years each.”

“Right now we are looking at four people who definitely do not wish to continue and possibly one other that we have not been able to contact as of yet.” The village will be sending out letters to the existing boards members asking them for their continued effort serving on either board or to tender their resignation.

“Right now we are canvassing for people interested in filling one of these vacant board positions. We will compile a list of those interested and once we have that put together, the board will meet and review those who are showing interest to determine who will eventually be appointed. As far as having current zoning and planning boards who are meeting on a regular basis to deal with any and all issue that may arise, is very important to us. It’s unheard to not have active planning and zoning boards.”

Another problem the village faces is that they cannot move forward with appointing new members until they have, in hand, resignation letters from those current members who no longer wish to continue. Gibbons, as well as the rest of the board, urged those uninterested board members to tender their letters of resignation as soon as possible to get the process started.

“Other than all of that, Dollar General is progressing nicely and right now we are on track to have this store open and running by September,” Gibbons said.

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