Letters to the Editor

The Hilltop Gas Station Property Is a Disgrace

f84ef3c693266e14ae52_24759.jpg
f84ef3c693266e14ae52_24759.jpg

Unfortunately, I have to write in again regarding the degradation that has been visited on the people of Yorktown.

Almost a year ago, Hilltop gas station was bought by a new owner and even though the site plan called for over 300 plantings, the new owner decided what was best for him and the used car lot he wanted to force on the citizens of Yorktown, was to raze all the required plantings and all the indigenous shrubs and trees. These included one 70-foot, one 60-foot and two 40-foot hardwood trees, and a 30-foot Weeping Willow tree. He also removed an 8-foot high fence that encircled the property. Even though he was told not to do anything else to the property, he took down 21 25-foot arborvitae and replaced them with nine 10-foot arborvitae so we could further appreciate his view of the beautification of Shrub Oak.

To this day, he still has cars lined up on Route 6 and on Main Street, even though he was instructed by the Town Board to move the cars because Town Code specifically states, “A gas station may not sell cars.”

Sign Up for E-News

In the past weeks, he has put up multiple signs around the property without a permit and changed the permanent signage on the building without a permit or Planning Board approval, and in the last few days he put up a banner on the building right over his illegal used car lot. He came to the working session of the Town Board on July 6 with his vision of a 4-foot iron fence and small plantings, which in no way will hide the eyesore as the 8-foot fence and the thick vegetation has done. He also wants to install a canopy over the gas pumps so the station will stick out like a sore thumb. The town’s own Comprehensive Plan calls for a thick vegetative border on Route 6 to maintain a greenway to shield commercial buildings from sight and specifically points to the corner of Strawberry Road and Route 6 as an example.

He has offered to put up “Welcome to Shrub Oak” on the gas price sign as an olive branch, because he is going to ask for a zoning change that would allow him to sell used cars. I am asking the Town Board to listen to the will of the taxpayers of Yorktown and uphold the Town Code banning the sale of used cars so that we can maintain the small-town feeling that has taken generations to cultivate and not change the zoning to accommodate the profiteering of one individual at the expense of thousands of Yorktown residents. He has shown time and time again that he has no respect for the town of Yorktown, its elected officials or the residents, so why are we even entertaining his request to change the Town Code to suit his needs over the best interests of the Town?

It has been put forth by the certain members of the Town Board the he has invested a lot of money into his property and the supervisor himself stated the place looks great.

I ask, Has not every one of the thousands of residents of the town of Yorktown invested more than he has in the way of our life savings both financially and emotionally?

To the Town Board: A used car lot has no place in Shrub Oak. Please stand up for the residents.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Yorktown

It Was the Economy That Got Trump Elected

I am not easily shocked by much anymore. Yet, I was by last week’s column by fellow columnist Bernie Kosberg. Kosberg, whose column runs regularly in Mahopac News and sometimes in Yorktown News, said in the first paragraph: “Several readers decried my conclusion that the overwhelming support of Putnam County voters for Trump was not due to economic anxiety or the unavailability of ...

Challenging the Norm

In his thoughtful work, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” Thomas Kuhn reflects on the revolutionary contributions of such giants as Copernicus, Newton, Darwin and Einstein. But he is quick to remind us that it’s often the scientists whose names we never hear of who make the vast majority of scientific progress. These hardworking men and women spend most of their waking ...

BOCES… What’s in a Name?

Do you ever wonder what BOCES stands for? We associate the name with a center of learning that supplements the general curriculum of local high schools by teaching students specialized trades. Beyond that, does everyone in the non-BOCES population, those who have no direct connection to the programs, fully appreciate the priceless value it brings to our communities’ young adults and their ...

Dog Allergies, Part Deux

“I have some good news and I have some bad news,” I told my husband.

“Give me the good news first.”

“OK. The vet doesn’t think the dog’s ear infections are from a food allergy after all, so we don’t have to keep feeding him that hypo-allergenic food,” I said.

“Hallelujah,” shouted my husband. He was understandably ...

Postcard Criticisms Were Valid

May 23, 2018

In an article from the May 1 issue (“Yorktown Councilmembers Receive ‘Disturbing’ Postcards”), Councilman Ed Lachterman said he was “disturbed” to receive a colored postcard from a constituent. He seems confused as to what it might mean.

I did not write that rainbow-colored postcard, but I can try to help him out of his confusion, because I and plenty ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, May 25, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Community Cultural Center, YORKTOWN HEIGHTS

Tai Chi for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Navajo Fields, Yorktown

Kids Gaelic Football Tournament

Sports

Sat, May 26, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Yorktown Youth Soccer Club Roundup

May 18, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Girls U9 Team, the Hurricanes, defeated the Poughkeepsie Fireflies with a 1-0 win at Hunterbrook Field in Yorktown.

Hurricane’s goalies Cameron Parise and Avery Pugliese shut out the Poughkeepsie offense with several key saves. Yorktown controlled the ball throughout the game with outstanding performances by midfielders Samantha Nastasi, Macey ...