State money may be available to help Clarence acquire and preserve another large parcel of farmland, the Town Board was told Wednesday evening.
Councilman Bernard J. Kolber reported that the state Department of Agriculture and Markets now has a program that might provide a grant to assist in purchasing about 139 acres of agricultural property bordered by Kraus, Herr, Clarence Center and Keller roads.
The parcel, part of the town’s greenprint plan, also includes another 30 acres or so that are not used for farming. Most of that acreage, Kolber said later, is forest. He estimated that the cost would be about $14,000 an acre.
The board voted unanimously to have Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. apply for the grant.
The board also voted unanimously to allow Robert Schofield, owner of the Cozy Cafe at 9060 Main St., a temporary conditional permit for an outdoor dining area following the continuation of a public hearing that began June 11.
Under the permit, which was granted for one year, the dining area is limited to eight tables with 32 chairs and must have no amplified music. Operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
The wretched state of Connor Road, a continuing point of contention between the town and Erie County, which owns and maintains it, came up during the public comment period.
The board told resident Katy Adams, who complained about the huge potholes, that during their most recent meeting with the Erie County Highway Department, officials promised to patch some of the bigger holes this week or next week.
“Anything with the drainage?” Adams asked.
“Not yet,” Hartzell said, “as well as no repairing or reconstruction.”
Also speaking was James Murphy, president of the Rock Oak Homeowners Association, who complained about the bike path adjacent to the complex south of Main Street between Kraus and Gunnville roads.
“We don’t have the security on the path that we used to,” he said, noting that chairs, bikes and firepits have been stolen.
“We’re meeting on it,” Hartzell said. “You’ll see some changes there.”
In other business, Joseph Lancelotti, a provisional employee of the Engineering Department, was given a permanent appointment, having passed his Civil Service exam.
Alan Wolbert, third in charge in the town Security Department, was named interim head of security after the retirements of the two top men – Joseph Meacham and Anthony Haas – were accepted.