About 60 persons turned out Monday night for a public information meeting on a bid by I Squared R Element to have 13.23 acres of land at 12600 Clarence Center Road in the Town of Newstead annexed to the Village of Akron.
The joint Town-Village boards hearing opened with a presentation by Jack Davis, the company's president, who asked for the annexation that would allow the company to use village sewers. The company's current sand-filter system no longer meets Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
Davis said it would cost about $30,000 to repair the system, which has a history of problems and is deteriorating. He said the state Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended the company connect to the village's sewer system.
"From an environmental standpoint, annexation is preferred over construction of an on-site treatment system, which would release residual contaminants into the environment and require constant maintenance for proper operation," Davis said.
Annexation will benefit the village because the property would increase its tax base. The company has an assessed valuation of $705,000 and would pay village and some town taxes.
Some residents had strong concerns regarding the village allocating electric power to the company if the annexation is approved. Village Attorney Thomas I. McElvein responded that preliminary research shows the village has the right to deny power to the company if it is adequately supplied by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.
Davis said while low-cost electricity from the village would be an asset, it is not the reason for requesting annexation. And he will not seek electric power unless it becomes available without increasing the cost to residential customers
Akron Mayor Michael F. Charles said village and town officials will continue to discuss the possible annexation.