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LAKE PLACID — The City of North Elba received its first request for an exception to the city’s moratorium on issuing new short-term vacation rental permits, and City Council held a public hearing for the request Tuesday.

Tim and Jill Gerrity are requesting an exception to the moratorium for their property on Juniper Circle, which is the couple’s primary residence. Their application indicates that they are traveling “several times a year” to work with their two toddlers, and these travel expenses are ” from his pocket “. Without rental income to cover the cost of the property while they travel, the application says, the Gerrities could not “Make ends meet.”

The City of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid passed a local law in March imposing a six-month moratorium on the issuance of new short-term rental permits within city and town limits as city councils consider change their STR regulations. Since the city’s moratorium began in early March, the moratorium would end around the beginning of September.

Local law provided an allowance for deviations.

People can appeal to the city clerk for an exception to the moratorium if they believe it “would impose practical difficulties or extraordinary hardships” on them, in accordance with the law. A public hearing for waiver requests is required by law before the city can approve an exception, and the city council must approve or deny the request within 30 days of the public hearing.

The village has already received three requests for exemptions, but this is the first request submitted to the city.

The app

The Gerritys have always dreamed of living in the mountains, according to their candidacy, and the family moved from Las Vegas to Lake Placid after buying their house in Juniper Circle last November. The Gerrities said in their application that their jobs as producers of music and sporting events required them to travel, and the couple said they were taking their two toddlers with them because there was a childcare shortage. children here.

The couple’s application says they could not apply for an STR permit before the moratorium because their wood stove was cracked and they needed to replace it to “secure chimney cleaning/hearth inspection required.” Due to material supply chain issues, according to demand, the installation of a new stove has been delayed.

Code enforcement officer Mike Orticelle said the Gerritys could have been approved for an STR permit with a cracked stove, with the caveat that the stove could not be used by tenants.

The Gerrities’ application indicates that they have no intention of renting the house more than necessary to cover homeownership costs.

The Gerrities’ request for deviation includes a brief financial analysis of the family’s projected financial losses under the moratorium. The Gerrities estimated that their home’s mortgage and utilities cost $3,000 per month, and the Gerrities estimated that being able to rent out their home as an STR would bring in $3,000 per month, which offsets those expenses. .

The Gerritys also included “Non-reimbursable expenses for business travel” as losses in the analysis, which range from a loss of $3,500 to over $7,000 per month.

Three of the four months the Gerritys listed for consideration in their financial analysis as months they would travel and use their home as their STR – June, October and November – would not apply to their case, since the moratorium ends in September . The city council does not plan to vote on the couple’s candidacy until next month, according to city supervisor Derek Doty. The only month in the couple’s financial analysis that would fall under the moratorium is July, when the couple estimate they would lose $3,000 if they were not allowed to rent out their home.

Public audience

Tim Gerrity presented his case to the North Elba City Council at the council’s public hearing for his application on Tuesday, and his wife Jill attended the hearing online. Gerrity mentioned that their single family home would be marketed as a family STR that had cribs and toys.

Councilor Emily Kilburn Politi asked Tim how often and how long the family travels. Tim estimated that they traveled between 10 and 14 days a month during the summer, less during the winter.

Councilor Jason Leon asked if the couple knew there was a “imminent” STR moratorium when buying their home in November. Tim said they did, but he claimed they weren’t able to get the permit sooner due to problems with getting their woodstove replaced and approved by an inspector, as detailed in the request of the couple.

There were deliberations at the hearing as to whether or not the Gerrities had approached the Department of Building and Planning for a permit before the moratorium. Tim said he thought he and Jill reached out “several times” at the service, and the couple think they should include the control of their stove in their last application for an STR permit; Orticelle said Thursday he doesn’t believe the Gerrities contacted his department.

A member of the public, Don Scammell, attended the meeting in person and commented on the Gerrity candidacy. He said the moratorium was a public notice, and he thought the Gerrities “should have been early.”

While the in-person public hearing for the Gerritys’ waiver request concluded on Tuesday, the city is still accepting public comments on the request until Wednesday, June 14. .

The city council plans to vote on the waiver request at its next regular council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, according to Doty.

Councilman Dick Cummings was not present at the public hearing or the board meeting on Tuesday.

Dudley said Thursday the city has not received any further requests for a moratorium waiver.

While a notice for Tuesday’s public hearing was not submitted on the city’s website or anywhere else online, Dudley did submit a public notice that was published in the May 24 edition of the Company. Dudley said she also posted a notice on the North Elba Town Hall notice board.

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