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Colden Lakes Resort must move winter trailers

COLDEN — The Colden Town Board held its monthly meeting on Sept. 12 in the Colden Town Hall, with much of that meeting’s discussion focusing on Colden Lakes Resort and how that facility stores camping trailers, during the winter.

Colden Lakes Resort was ordered by the board to move the trailers from their less-visible winter location on campsites 1-9, where they are stored for that season.

Almost one year ago, Judy Brown, owner of Colden Lakes, went before the board asking to continue storing her trailers in the fashion that she had them, at the time. She said that most of the owners of the trailers had already left the area for the winter, making it “exceedingly difficult” to move them.

The board granted her permission to do so, even though the board had the backing of the court, with the understanding that the issue would be brought up again, the following year.

“The town did win the case in court,” said Councilman Gerald Pietraszek, “The town board did allow the campsites 1-9 to be used as storage, for this year.”

At the Sept. 12 meeting, Supervisor Annie Hoffman read a letter that was sent to the board by neighbors of Colden Lakes.

“In the wintertime, I still have trailers that are unattended to look at. This is not at all what we imagined, when we decided to build our home here,” that letter read.

This year, the board decided that the campsites 1-9, where trailers are stored, would have to be moved on the grassy area near the restaurant that is also located on the property. Brown said she opposed that decision, since snowmobilers use that area to access the trail during the winter.

“All you want me to do is move them about 100 feet away and put them on the grass all along that driveway, which is still going to be visible?” Brown asked. “Or do you want me to put them on the blacktop and then we have to close down the snowmobile trail?”

Pietraszek said that the distance was closer to 700 or 800 feet and, that way, the trailers “won’t be up front.”

The board voted that Brown will have to move the trailers off of sites 1-9 during the winter.

In other board news:

– Ruby Bruce, town tax assessor in Colden for the past 33 years, has stepped down for retirement.

– This year’s Community Development Block Grant public hearing will be during the next meeting on Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the town hall.

– The AARP defensive driving course will be offered again this year on Nov. 2 and 9, from 9 a.m.-3:30p.m., and Nov. 6 and 7, from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Anyone ages 16 and older may attend and should call the town of Colden to register.
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