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Noisy Dogs? Depends on who's listening

Mar 30, 2011 1:58 pm
Bob Green reports in the Register-Star that an SRO crowd came out for a Stuyvesant Planning Board meeting on Monday, March 28, on the subject of the Glencadia Dog Camp. The public hearing had been called in order to “hear all interested parties regarding review and possible modification of prior site plan approval,” for a dog boarding business operated by William Pflaum on Rybka Road in Stuyvesant Falls. The business owner wanted the meeting to amend his site plan permits to reflect diminished numbers of canines he would board for temporary periods of time, and shorter operating hours when the dogs would be allowed outside. But Green notes that Glencadia Dog Camp, which focuses on a New York City clientele, has been the subject of noise complaints by neighbors. Discussion over two hours include differing statements about noise levels, and charges about statements made on weblogs. A county Chamber of Commerce representative spoke about retaining business in the area, and asked everyone to find a way to work things out. Just before the hearing, on March 25, Pflaum filed a Pro Se civil action in the US Northern District federal court. According to Green, the complaint describes “unconstitutional punitive steps” and “systematic abuse of authority” which it says have caused “grievous and sustained harm” to the dog camp owner. It names as Defendant both the town and its supervisor, Valerie Bertram and details 111 “Defendants’ Activities” including harassment by the town's zoning enforcement officer, non-responsiveness to FOIL requests including lawyers bills, deposit slips, and other matters. Stuyvesant Planning Board chairman Gale Bury asked that attorneys for the town and Pflaum, as well as the town's engineer, work things out before his board returns to the matter. In a separate issue, Pflaum is due in Stuyvesant Town Court on April 6 on a continuation hearing for an appearance ticket for habitual dog barking under a little-used 1978 town law, to which Pflaum has pleaded not guilty.The law calls for a maximum sentence of 15 days. For audio clips from the meeting, recorded by Martin Roby, check back to this post...
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