After hearing dozens of residents from the Winspear-Clinton area express their opinions against a request from an Orchard Park resident to rezone property he owns in their neighborhood to Commercial from Agricultural C, the Elma Town Board this week voted unanimously against it. No one at the hearing spoke in favor of it. Property owner Frederick Radder was absent from the hearing.
Radder had approached the Elma Board last spring with a proposal to have 10.5 acres of a 14 acre parcel on Winspear Road and Clinton Street rezoned.
Many of the residents said that they had lived in Elma either all or most of their lives and objected strenuously to any zoning change that would disrupt their rural surroundings.
One nearby Handy Road resident said the area in question is the "wrong spot and the wrong time to rezone, pointing out that 10 years ago the area was almost vacant, but now there is a small community of houses.
John Malczewski 751 Winspear Road, said his property abuts Radders' parcel and that he believes Radder is 10 feet short of the 60 feet needed for a road easement. Malczewski said he was concerned because any new road Radder would put in would be 10 feet from his house.
Malczewski added that he and a friend have had to clean up the property owned by Radder and that he even mows the grass once a week to keep it looking decent.
Robert Keubler of 1050 N. Blossom Road suggested the town look into some sort of land conservancy similar to what neighboring Marilla has done to preserve open green space.
David Wheeler of 641 Winspear said the rezoning would result in increased traffic flow and Clinton is already difficult enough to get onto.
In other business, the board:
Appointed Eugene Stevenson acting superintendent of the Water Department effective Oct. 28. He replaced Dennis Siebert who is retiring after 35 years.
Stevenson has worked for the Water Department for 28 years and will earn $34,515 a year, his current salary. Councilwoman Dona Reid commended Siebert for training his employees so well the board was able to promote from within.
Raised the mining fees for those mining less than 750 yards a year to $75 from $10 for a three-year permit. For companies mining large pits, the fee will be $500.
Awarded a $106,269 contract to Siemens Building Technologies Inc. to install the telemetry system at the Water Department. Four bids were received ranging from $172,800 to $106,269.
Told residents Jack and Charlotte Jarocinski their objection to a building inspector's opinion on a variance for a building next door to their property at 101 Schwartz Road should be taken to the Zoning Board of Appeals.