Trailers found

Notice of Violation issued
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 5:30pm

The whereabouts of two large storage trailers that were parked in violation of the Town of New Shoreham’s zoning ordinance for 362 days at Old Harbor have been located.

The two trailers, owned by Julian Costanzo, were found on the Payne Road property of Donald R. Schmidt, according to Building Official Marc Tillson.

A Notice of Violation dated Nov. 6 and issued by the Building Department to Schmidt at his New Jersey address, states that he is ordered to remove the trailers within 10 days of the date of the notice, and could be fined up to $500 per violation. Schmidt has 20 days to appeal the notice to the Zoning Board of Review.

The notice states that Tillson discovered the trailers on Schmidt’s property at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Tillson stated in the notice that he “identified two trailers as the same trailers which have been found in violation of the Zoning Ordinance by the Town’s Zoning Board, parked behind (Schmidt’s) home on Payne Road.”

“You are hereby notified that you are in violation of the Zoning Ordinance, which prohibits the parking, or use of trailers, shipping containers and similar temporary and/or mobile facilities for any commercial or industrial activity or storage except by a contractor in association with a permitted job site. You have installed two trailers on lot 87, which are being used for the storage of merchandise associated with the Retail Trade Business — Kai Kai (clothing stores).”

Costanzo, who was issued two separate Notices of Violation for parking the trailers for 362 days behind the Inn at Old Harbor on Water Street where Kai Kai is located, said at the Zoning Board’s Oct. 24 meeting that he did not know where the trailers were located.

Tillson told The Times after the meeting that anyone housing the trailers would be subjected to the same fines and penalties under the town’s zoning ordinance.

Tillson noted that if Costanzo’s violation is upheld by the Zoning Board of Review the Washington County First District Court would assess a reasonable fine.

Schmidt’s Notice of Violation states that if he “fails to act to remove the trailers by the compliance date or appeal the notice to the Zoning Board within the 20 day appeal period, this Notice will be recorded in the Land Evidence Records of the Town. The Town may consolidate its action for injunctive relief and/or fines under the ordinance in Superior Court.”