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Elma Town Board amends permit to let North Star serve outdoors

The Elma Town Board has amended the business permit to allow the historic North Star Tavern on Seneca Street to have Sunday outdoor seating.

Owner John Davidson told the board this week the outdoor seating would depend on the weather and it would only be used on Sundays. He said he wants to make use of the two acres of lawn and a fire pit.

Davidson said catering and picnics could be on the agenda depending on the weather.

The amendment includes a stipulation recommended by Code Enforcement Officer Joseph Colern Jr. that there should be no parking problems. Currently the tavern has parking for 35 vehicles.

If parking is an issue, the owners must go to the Planning Board for a site plan review.

The tavern is expected to open in mid-May.

The board passed a resolution honoring the Elma Fire Co. on its 75th anniversary. The volunteer department was incorporated in June 1937. The resolution commends the members of the department, past and present, for their service to the town.

Also honored was Alexander Ducoli of Huntington Court, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after completing a project at the Buffalo Central Terminal.

The board accepted the resignation of Library Trustee Arthur Aigner, who is moving from the town.

Councilman Michael Nolan said, "Art has done a tremendous job as president and will be hard to replace." During his time as president of the board, Aigner oversaw the construction of an addition that serves as a community room.

The board appointed Susan Sudlik to Aigner's seat.

Supervisor Dennis Powers announced that the library will dedicate the Friends of the Library Children's Room and the Zenath T. Heintz Community Room at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library at 1860 Bowen Road. There also will be an open house at that time.

The board approved seeking bids for three trucks for the highway, water and transfer station, with bids to be opened at a work session on May 9 and awarded at the following board meeting.

The board approved an agreement with New York State Electric and Gas for an energy-efficiency program. The town will pay 30 percent of the cost, or $8,000, with NYSEG covering 70 percent. It will have a three-year payback of $2,800.

The board will contact Erie County regarding sediment buildup near the Winspear Road Bridge, which is causing water problems in the road.

The county replaced the old bridge and culverts about seven years ago and piled up the dirt instead of removing it. Powers would like a representative to come to the board's May 9 work session.

Residents along Bullis Road who have been experiencing water problems said Bryan Young of Young Development told them that his project for a nursery will be downsized but Powers pointed out that the Planning Board doesn't know about it yet.

"All we know is that this project won't go forward unless all the t's are crossed and i's dotted," he said.

He said Clark, Patterson and Lee Engineers contacted the town to say they had received the engineering study from Young.