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Residents again turn out at Town of Le Roy board meeting to support Frost Ridge

Once again, about two dozen supporters of Frost Ridge turned out Thursday evening at the Town of Le Roy board meeting to protest the town's ongoing litigation against the six-decade-old campground on Conlon Road.

Supervisor Steve Barbeau made it clear at the start of the meeting that he wasn't going to allow the kind of free-for-all debate that took place during the meeting two weeks ago.

He asked each speaker to speak one at a time and only cover topics not already raised and addressed.

About six people spoke -- a veteran who said the ban on concerts was an insult to those who fought and died for freedom; a resident who suggested the town was passing up an opportunity to put a $2 surcharge on concert tickets sold and generate a little revenue; one person who wanted to know how much the lawsuit that most in the town don't support is costing taxpayers; and a resident in the Gulf Road area who complained about toxins from a proposed facility at the old town dump being allowed while music in the community isn't allowed.

After those who wanted to speak spoke, Barbeau answered a couple of the questions and offered this summary of the town's position:

"For the town board it is not, has not, and will not be an issue of revenue, such as adding taxes, or making money off of whatever Frost Ridge chose to do or not. It isn't an issue of anything to do with any noise. It is isn't an issue of anything to do with really anything other than is this a permitted use, and by this, I mean a concert venue, whether it's for veterans or it's for anything."

At this point, Barbeau was interrupted by a couple of people, and then he went on:

"For the town the only issue is, is this a permissible use, accessory use or special use within the Town of Le Roy in an R and A zone. The Town of Le Roy's position is not only is it not a permitted use, accessory or special use in an R and A zone, it is not permitted in any zone in any district in the Town of Le Roy."

mark jackett
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PUT A HIGHER PRICE SURCHARGE ON TICKETS SO Supervisor Steve Barbeau CAN LINE HIS POCKETS ,I'M SURE THERE WILL BE NO CONCERNS THEN
ALL IT IS , IS GREED THAT'S THE POLITICS WAY

Fred GUNDELL
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As an outside observer, this whole mess seems ridiculous. That venue has been there for many years with folks from all over the area enjoying it. Why does the town of Leroy political people now have to stick their noses into this mess. Let them be, and change the zoning if need be for the future. Enforce current noise and other codes if required. What's all the fuss??

Bob Harker
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The "representatives" in the town of Leroy amaze me. 2 families say the unbearable impact on their lives of a few concerts trumps the wishes of the entire town. It's a bunch of crap when Barbeau says that the only concern is "permitted use".

If that were the case, why didn't he even bother to consult the town's own regulating entity - the ZBA - before commencing a lawsuit?!?!

Mr. Barbeau, your lack of *balls* has made the upcoming congressional midterms pale in comparison to the anticipated results of the next Leroy elections..

Does the term "out of town on a rail" ring a bell?

Roberta White
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I don't see what the problem is here. If you ask me... Leroy is full of a bunch of old farts lookin' to complain. There is always a group of residents in Leroy complaining about something. They must have nothing better to do. Is the town of Leroy in some kind of alternate universe where nobody knows anything and that makes them boo hoo? Is common sense hard to come by over there? I am so glad that I don't have to put up with that. Never going to live there.

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