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Elma OKs two businesses after delay

Two businesses that were operating in Elma without the proper permits were cleared for operation after the Town Council gave its approval this week.

MPJ Auto Sales and Demco Inc. continued to operate at their respective locations on Seneca Street after their business use permit applications were tabled by the Council at its Feb. 24 meeting.

Council members last month expressed disappointment that the firms opened without securing permits, noting that they had questions about both sites.

Mike Camillo, who owns MPJ Auto Sales at 6535 Seneca St., apologized to the Council for his absence from the previous meeting, explaining that he didn’t receive notification to attend.

Camillo said he plans to operate MPJ Auto Sales in the same manner as the former business, Octane Auto Sales, which he operated for a few years before the owners decided to move the business.

According to Camillo, the notice was delivered to a former property owner.

“I didn’t know I was supposed to be here. They called the wrong person,” Camillo said. “I was told originally that I wouldn’t need to be here because everything was the same as it was with Octane.”

Camillo took exception to the permit written up by the building inspector, which indicated that he would not sell boats or recreational vehicles on site.

“We’re going to be selling boats and RVs,” he said. “We’re really not doing anything different. We changed the sign.”

After deliberation, the Council suggested limiting the number of boats and RVs on site to three.

The Council also agreed to allow MPJ to sell Amish sheds, provided Camillo adheres to a limit of three sheds on site.

Demco Inc., a demolition firm that recently moved from Buffalo, was approved for its new location at 7397 Seneca St., formerly the site of Pete’s Moving LLC.

Representatives from Demco attended the Feb. 24 meeting, but the council held off its approval until an inspection by the building department.

Restrictions on Demco’s permit indicate the company cannot store equipment or hazardous material on site.

The office is restricted to the front building on the property; two pole barns in the rear will be used to store files.