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SILVER CREEK –Town Councilman Frederick “Fritz” Seegert was given several compliments and tributes Monday at the regular meeting of the Hanover Town Board held in Town Hall.

The final meeting of 2013, which was the last for Seegert, included a reception to honor his service. He decided not to seek re-election after serving eight years. Seegert said he believed that it would be good for the board to have a new member.

He is the second-generation member of his family to have served on the Town Board. His father, Frederick Sr., was town supervisor for several years.

In other matters, board members approved a change to the building code for permits in the town’s business district.

Following a public hearing Monday, board members unanimously agreed that the town’s code would require a site plan review for any building construction in the town’s business district. This includes the commercial area along Routes 5 and 20.

Town Supervisor Todd Johnson said this was the first step in having more control over building as well as to encourage businesses to locate in the town’s commercial corridor.

The action was at the suggestion of the town’s Planning Board. Carol DePasquale, chairwoman of the Planning Board, said that her members wanted to consider several issues before a permit is issued.

She said major concerns have been about drainage along Routes 5 and 20, traffic patterns and the general look and appeal of projects in the town.

Johnson said he will be asking the planning board to look closely at the comprehensive plan over the next year.

DePasquale said her members were gathering Monday night to set meetings and agendas for review of the comprehensive plan as well as other issues that would be before the Planning Board in 2014.

DePasquale said that formal meeting minutes and agendas for the Planning Board will be available for public review. Ron Brennan, a Planning Board member had his term renewed for seven years, and Ed Schintzius was appointed to a vacant term for one year.