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Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs

In most cases, the Town exercises control of its’ right-of-way by measuring from the centerline of pavement 25 feet to the front lot line.  This applies to most modern roads. On some older roads, 25 feet is assumed and can be used as a rule of thumb.  The best way to determine ROW is to examine your property survey document and utilize the setback information.  We can help you most times  in determining ROW by calling our Office at 361-1106.

Easements are areas granted from a property owner to a utility operator for access to maintain the facilities. A common example would be a drainage, power supply or even sight distance easement.  Review your survey document or call us if you need help determining easement issues.

The property owner is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of the lot.  This applies year-round and includes snow and ice maintenance. See code Chapter 205, Article II and III for more information on sidewalks.

The property owner is responsible for maintaining the driveway portion that is in the Town ROW.  All driveways exist by permit and maintenance of them is a condition of the permit.

That depends on its’ location.  Fences are regulated under Town Code Section§ 249-9 and have height and sight restrictions. The same applies to stone walls-they are stone fences after all, only usually a bit lower.  The Town does not allow walls or fences to be constructed in the Town’s Right-of-Way.  It is also not recommended to install walls or fences if it impedes sight distance for you or your neighbor.  Please call us to review your planned fence prior to installation; between DPW and our Building Dept. we can help you do it right the first time.

Because snow plows are designed to push snow to the sides, snow will be deposited at the end of driveways and onto sidewalks during plowing events.  The Town does not go back and open driveways or clear mailboxes.

In mostly all cases, the weight of the snow and ice coming off the plow can render a mailbox unusable, without the plow ever coming into direct contact.  Mailboxes are permitted in the Town’s ROW, but the duty to clear the roadway of snow and ice is paramount, and the mailboxes’ placement is secondary.  See the Attorney Generals opinion (insert link) and the USPS standards for more information https://www.usps.com/manage/know-mailbox-guidelines.htm 

Most plows channel snow from the center of the road to the edges and from left to right.  We make every effort to distribute evenly to minimize inconvenience, but, living in the Northeast, Snow Happens!

No, the Town can not work on private property.  The only trees that the Town can trim or take down are the ones located in the Town’s right-of-way.  Any trees outside the Town’s right-of-way are the responsibility of the property owner. 

For residential purposes:

  • New construction of homes, garages, carports and accessory structures
  • Additions and alterations of buildings
  • Decks and porches
  • Enclosing porches or decks
  • Extending roofs over decks and porches
  • Rebuilding, altering and structural renovations to any existing structure
  • Swimming pools above ground and in ground, including decks around pools
  • Installation of woodstoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces, wood boilers and chimneys
  • Demolition and removal of buildings
  • Any type of structural repairs being made to an existing structure
  • Repairs or replacement of the roof structure or covering materials

 Commercial Purposes:

  • New construction
  • Most improvements, alterations, enlargements, repairs and change of tenants
  • Change of Occupancy
  • Repairs or replacement of the roof structure or covering materials
  • Demolition work on the interior or exterior of the building
  • Replacement or installation of any accessory storage type structures
  • Signs, including temporary signs