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The Orchard Park Town Board Wednesday gave the go-ahead to Marriott for "Brighton Gardens" at 3970-3980 Buffalo Road, near the village's northern border.

The building permit will allow Marriott Senior Living Service to construct a $10 million, 106-unit assisted living facility that could create 90 jobs and will feature an outdoor walking area and an enclosed courtyard.

The approval will be granted pending a long list of stipulations that include a three-year deadline to complete landscaping and containment and noise suppression for the auxiliary generator.

Also required is an on-site enclosed water storage facility and accessory pumps so that, even in case of a fire, the town's ability to deliver water to its other customers won't be jeopardized.

Until the townwide water system is upgraded years from now, that system will be needed since the existing mains can neither provide enough pressure or volume for what amounts to a 106-room "hotel" at that site, according to Town Engineer Michael Merritt.

Marriott is building these senior living facilities nationwide. They are not nursing homes, but more like residential hotels with a common dining room, maid service and a medical/nursing staff that helps monitor prescriptions and gives help where needed. Transportation to shopping, worship and appointments also is provided, but residents can have their own cars, hence the off-street parking requirement.

Police Chief Samuel McCune said he met with school officials about the parking problem near the high school. After the village banned parking on several residential streets near the school last spring because of the congestion they caused, students began parking along along Route 20-A, Jolls, Sunset and Wellington streets.

"We decided to wait a week or so and ask the students if they have ideas to rectify this situation without putting up no-parking signs all over our community," the chief said.

School district officials last year said that some of the students parking there had parking privileges suspended and others were not eligible for permits.

Merritt, Highway Superintendent Ron Geitter and Councilman John Mills reported on their recent visit to composting sites, saying they learned a lot "especially how to avoid odor and other problems through good management," Mills said.

"Rotterdam really is bad while Saratoga and Schuyler County were real eye-openers." Schuyler County either earns (or saves on landfill fees) $7 million per year for an expenditure of about $3 million. "That's a $4 million benefit to the community, Mills added.

"The time spent with site operators was invaluable," Merritt said. "There's a big learning curve (to composting). We're lucky to piggyback on their experiences.

Saratoga is the site most similar to the former quarry the town bought on Baker Road and the management tricks the officials learned should keep problems to a minimum once the site begins processing yard wastes and leaves.

Supervisor Toni M. Cudney noted the weed and algae problem in Green Lake was at a high this year and said that contractor Aquatech Environmental could not begin its work this spring.

"Weather permitting they'll be here Sept. 8 to apply Aquathol-K, a herbicide that works on rooted plants," she said. The Department of Environmental Conservation "says there is no danger to fish, but that there should be no swimming and no fish consumption from the lake for at least three days after the material is applied."

She said signs will be posted and that increased police patrols will cruise around the lake to remind until the danger period has passed.

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