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Mongielo loses appeal on nearby restaurant

LOCKPORT – Plans for a seasonal restaurant to be located across the road from Day Road Park won the approval of the Town of Lockport Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday.

The restaurant, to be owned by Mark and Lori Parsons, drew the ire of David J. Mongielo, a frequent candidate for political office in the town, because it is to be located between his home and the vacant Belliveau’s Restaurant.

Mongielo exchanged words with town officials as the board unanimously approved the project.

The 60-by-60-foot building will come within 10 feet of Mongielo’s property line.

Mongielo complained he hadn’t received any notice of Tuesday’s meeting. Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said none was necessary because the topic was being carried over from a previous meeting at which a public hearing was held.

Mongielo said he has pine trees that protrude 20 feet over his property line into the Parsons’ lot. Chief Building Inspector Brian M. Belson retorted, “He can trim anything that encroaches on his property. I don’t care if it’s 100 years old.”

Zoning Board Chairman Timothy Lederhouse told Mongielo, “You’re just bringing up foolish stuff, Dave.”

Mongielo retorted, “You want to put a business next to my house and you says it’s foolish?”

Mark Parsons, an Old English Road resident who worked at Lockport’s well-known Reid’s Drive-In for 32 years, said he still needs site plan approval from the town Planning Board.

He said his goal is to open the restaurant by April 2017, although he said there’s a chance he might be able to open next year.

“We’re not taking any trees down,” Lori Parsons said.

In fact, the board required the construction of a berm with “close-planted shrubbery” to add more of a buffer between the restaurant and Mongielo’s home.

On another project, the board decided that the Planning Board will take the lead in reviewing a proposed 199-foot cellphone tower on the REL trucking company property, 7154 Chestnut Ridge Road.

Norris said the tower will still require variances, but the Planning Board will go first, considering site plan approval and a special use permit before the matter comes back before the Zoning Board.

Norris said that at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, “The Planning Board will hold a public information meeting to hear what the public has to say about it.”

The Verizon Wireless tower is to be erected in a 30-acre field by Horvath Communications of South Bend, Ind. The same company is proposing an identical tower on Shawnee Road in Wheatfield.

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