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The Town Board will wait until next month to decide on a proposal to rezone land on Route 60.

The change would rezone land bounded by Route 60, the Thruway, St. Mary's Cemetery and Williams Street and South Roberts Road from residential to light industrial.

The board plans to make a decision at the Oct. 5 meeting.

Chautauqua wants the land rezoned to to accommodate a road that would connect the Thruway and Route 60 with Roberts Road, an idea that has been discussed for 30 years, according to town residents.

The road is part of the $13.1 million in industrial park projects proposed by Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas. The County Legislature needs to approve the necessary bonding for the projects.

Supporters say the new road would take trucks directly from the Thruway to the industrial sites in the eastern part of the city of Dunkirk and the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park. Truck traffic now needs to use city streets for these routes.

Councilman David Rusch said no definite route had been selected yet.

Several residents who attended a public hearing on the matter Wednesday night came to the Town Board meeting Thursday.

Shari Miller of Williams Street, who opposes the rezoning, said her husband is a member of the fourth generation of a family that farmed land that would be rezoned. She has contacted the county executive's office and wants to have a meeting with county officials and residents.

"We're supposed to be a farming county and they want to take out the grapes for the road," she said.

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