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Homer Town Board to Vote on Whether to Move Forward or Not Regarding Billboards During Next Months Meeting


During the Town of Homer Town Board meeting last night, the path was set on what decision to make on the long drawn out billboard discussion. Homer Town Supervisor Mike Park said next months Town Board meeting, board members will vote on only if the town should move ahead or stop the process on whether to allow billboards or not within the Town along I81.

“We got a new board that’s never officially [voted on the billboard process]. We’ve just been absorbing all this information. So next month, the first thing we’re going to do, it’s gonna be on our agenda, we’re going to vote as a board: Do we wanna move this forward or do we wanna stop it?”

Supervisor Park said.

If the board does vote next month in favor of moving forward, Supervisor Park stressed the billboards are not a done deal. The Town of Homer would still be required to go through numerous steps before any allowance (if given) is possible for the billboards to be constructed.

The process would also give members of the community multiple opportunities to voice their opinions and/or concerns.

The Town of Homer would have to identify a SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), complete forms required by the SEQR, create a local law of which both would then be required to go to the county for review. A lead agency would also have to be determined and would require conversations with the Department of Transportation. Supervisor Park did note, the town could complete all the requirements and still be denied the allowance of billboards by the DOT in the end. The DOT will not provide a ruling until the required processes by the town are done.

If next month’s meeting ends up stopping the process on the billboards. Its future would be put into the comprehensive planning process for the Town of Homer, which was estimated to take about 2 years to complete. The Town of Homer is currently working on a grant application for updating the comprehensive plan through Thoma Development.

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