The Aurora Town Board Monday referred to the Planning Board a developer's request to build a 111-acre subdivision just south of the Village of East Aurora.

The sprawling project, known as Major Oaks, would have 44 single-family dwellings on sites ranging in size from 3/4 to 3.3 acres.

Robert Pidanic of the Amherst engineering firm of Pratt and Huth Associates said Major Oaks would have Hubbard Road as its main access with new road construction heading north toward the village line.

Infrastructure, such as water mains, drainage ditches and retention ponds, would approach the village line near Cazenovia Creek and would include Center Street near South Street.

The land in question is currently zoned agricultural. Plans for a subdivision on the site were first introduced in 1989 but have been dormant since then, and the entire approval process has to start over.

Supervisor William Green noted that the town's subdivision ordinances have been drastically updated in recent years.

In other business, the board received a generally favorable audit review from the Tonawanda accounting firm of Fox & Co.

However, auditor Betsy Betard mildly criticized the town for not having a "timely remittance of fees collected" into an interest-bearing account and for not demonstrating "timely requests for state aid." She generally referred to the town's records as "clean audits." She also said the town is to be commended for securing $117,423 in Community Development Block Grant funds, with $100,000 of that amount going to FISH of East Aurora, a non-profit social service agency. The board also increased water costs for homeowners in the town outside the village to $2.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation from $2.35. However homeowners in Districts 9 and 10 and part of District 7 were exempted from that increase. About 300 customers will see an increase with the new rate taking effect July 15, Green said.

The board also:

Declared the week of July 9-15 as Kiwanis week in East Aurora. The club will celebrate its 70th anniversary at a luncheon Thursday.

Set 8 p.m. Aug. 7 for a public hearing on Boston developer Roy Emerling's plans for Hickery Hill Estates, a subdivision of apartments on Mill Road. Plans call for part of the land to be annexed to East Aurora. Both the town and village boards must agree to the annexation.

Approved the bonding of $125,000 to be used for major renovation and repairs to the Aurora Public Library on Main Street in the village.

Heard Bryan Smith of R & D Engineering report that plans for the consolidation of water districts are proceeding. He said that 250 to 300 water meters in area homes will be replaced with touch pads or remote indicators for easier and more accurate readings.

Green said that because of the antiquated meters now being used, "we're actually shipping more water than is being paid for. . . ."

Received a petition urging the board to ask the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to maintain its South Towns Route 27 bus that winds though Lackawanna, Orchard Park, West Seneca and East Aurora. The bus route originates in Buffalo.

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