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Plan to amend zoning law will be topic at hearing

The Newstead Town Board on Monday scheduled a public hearing for 7:50 p.m. March 13 to discuss proposed amendments to the town's zoning law.

The town is considering changes and updates to local ordinances, including clarifying regulations on signs and unsafe buildings.

Also, the Town Board determined that the water line installation in areas of Water District 10 will not affect the environment because it involves the construction of water lines primarily within the existing right of way of the road.

Officials indicated that during construction, there will be increases in energy usage, noise, dust and odor, as well as minor traffic disruptions.

As part of the meeting, the board held a public hearing on some issues related to the second phase of Water District 10. Town Engineer Andrew L. Casolini, of Wendel Duchscherer Engineers, discussed recent improvements in the area. The district, once completed, will encompass all unserviced areas in the town outside the boundaries of the Village of Akron.

The board also unanimously agreed to pay Wendel Duchscherer $1,520 a month for architectural services.

Also, the board approved a request for municipal endorsement by the Akron Airport for a runway protection zone at the end of Runways 25 and 29. Officials noted the proposed project will not affect the environment.

Officials said no new improvements will be done, but an existing single-family residence may be acquired and either demolished or moved out of the protection zone and the land restored. Official said the proposed project will enhance safety at the airport.

In the past, Christian Airmen have received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay 95 percent of the allowable costs incurred in accomplishing different projects. "The Town Board endorses the project making it eligible for funding," Supervisor David L. Cummings said.

The board authorized Cummings to sign a contract with the Town of Clarence and Erie County rural transportation service for elderly and disabled people and low-income families, a joint project with the Village of Akron and Clarence.

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