The Western New York Developmental Disabilities Service Office wants to build a six-bedroom group home on a five-acre Girdle Road site in Elma.
During a work session Wednesday in Elma Town Hall, Town Board members said the town has only two options -- recommending another site or approving this one.
Supervisor Michael Nolan noted the town legally cannot reject the proposal because the town is not considered saturated with group homes.
Representatives of Western New York Developmental Disabilities told the board and residents attending the meeting that six adults would live in the home, which would be supervised full time by eight staffers on a rotating basis.
David Woelfling, head of property management, and Foster Thayer, head of care and treatment for group homes, said the facility would look just like any other home in the neighborhood. Parking would be in the rear of the ranch-style home.
He said that the Developmental Disabilities Service Office has a good track record, strives hard to be a good neighbor and is strong on property maintenance and that group homes pose no significant impact on property values.
He noted some of the residents of the group home likely will come from West Seneca Developmental Center, which is closing.
Residents of the group home will be active in adult sheltered workshops or day habilitation services, transported there by staffers.
The group home, he added, is expected to cost a half-million dollars.
Other group homes in Elma are on North Blossom Road, Bowen Road and Seneca Street.
The board also:
*Reviewed its 2009 budget and put $50,000 more from sales tax revenue into the highway budget to absorb the high cost of road salt and other supplies. The tax rate for the highway budget remains at $4.72 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down a penny. The board is expected to vote on the $6.63 million spending plan on Nov. 5.
*Learned the town will receive a $12,500 state grant through State Sen. Dale Volker, R-Depew, for the Creek Road Park renovation, raising total project grants to $87,000. There will be a new walking trail, picnic shelter, playground and enhanced parking, as well as a deck overlooking Buffalo Creek.
*Nolan announced he hopes to meet with supervisors of Marilla and Wales on a possible intermunicipal service agreement. Currently the three towns share the cost of operating EMW Sports, with Elma paying 66 percent, Marilla 22 percent and Wales 11 percent.