HERKIMER — The Herkimer village board voted last year to approve a new master plan for the village.

But the board must act on specific elements of the plan in order for the work to move forward and planning board Chairman Brion Carroll, along with members of the planning board, attended Monday’s meeting and wanted to know when the village board would be moving ahead with the first step.

Carroll said once the master plan was adopted, the planning board had set a timeline for various action points starting with the adoption of local laws establishing requirements for Retail Corridors 1, 2 and 3.

"It’s been six months and we’ve spent four months trying to get Retail Corridor 3 approved," he said. "We put this thing together and we are trying to move forward with it, but you’re impeding us. It’s been six months and the board hasn’t done the first thing."

"What do you want from us," Trustee Ron Kopelman asked at one point.

"We’re trying to create RC 1 through 3," said Carroll.

He added he thought the board would be setting a public hearing on the proposal, but it did not appear on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

The original guidelines for Retail Corridor 3 were presented in the form of a local law last year and a public hearing was conducted, but the board did not take action on the proposal due to concerns some of the requirements could disrupt a future project.

The proposal has since been modified, Carroll said, and he thought the board would be reviewing it during its first January meeting.

Village Attorney Nicholas Macri said he had been out of town, but had since received the revised proposal and put it in the form of a local law. It is now up to the board members to review it and decide if they want to set a public hearing, he said. A notice of the hearing would then have to be published in the newspaper. After the hearing, the board could decide whether or not to adopt the local law or make changes.

Carroll said the planning board already made changes in the proposal.

Mayor Mark Netti said the board members now have copies of the revised proposal to review and the item could be included on the agenda for the next board meeting.

The master plan was adopted in May 2018, but a new administration took over in July and Carroll said the implementation of the plan is behind schedule. According to the website, found at https://www.voherkimer2020.com, the planners had hoped to have the RC3 zoning profile approved last September.

State Route 28 from state Route 5 north to the village limits is classified as Retail Corridor 3 in the plan. Main Street is classified as Retail Corridor 1, while Albany, Caroline and Mohawk streets make up Retail Corridor 2. Establishing these retail corridors is listed as the first of several action points in the master plan.