GENESEO — The Geneseo Village Board of Trustees approved the proposed Village of Geneseo code changes discussed at the Oct. 1 public hearing during tonight’s meeting.
These changes and additions include requiring a sidewalk permit before selling merchandise on the sidewalk, setting up chairs and tables, and setting up grills; permitting the posting of election signs no earlier than 30 days prior to the event or election and stating they must be taken down within 72 hours of the event or election’s end, and restricting the size, placement and posting of event signs in the Village.
The changes also state that food venders and trucks cannot park in front of restaurants, nor park for extended periods of time. They also must be approved by the Board.
The proposed changes were also approved by the Livingston County Planning Board, though the Planning Board did recommend wording in a section on food venders be changed to make the farmers’ market exempt from requirements. The Village Board noted the recommendation and pointed out that the section already states that approved events are exempt, meaning the market is protected.
Trustee Sandy Brennan told the Board she had received some comments from the public wondering if requiring Main Street businesses to get permits to use the sidewalks is asking too much of them. The code change document does state there are no charges for permits. The Board acknowledged the concern and decided to come up with the best way to deal with the permits so as not to burden the merchants or the Village office workers.