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A public forum will be held next month to let residents of Buffalo, Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda ask questions about a proposed recycling center being considered by the Tonawanda Town Board.

Town Councilman Cal Champlin announced Tuesday he had arranged the public information meeting with Browning-Ferris Industries officials who first brought the proposal to the town Planning Board last fall.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the auditorium of the Parkside Village Community Center, 169 Sheridan-Parkside Drive.

The Planning Board, which has been reviewing BFI's proposal over the last three months, heard final testimony on the proposed project at its Jan. 17 meeting.

The board is recommending that the Town Board approve a permit -- similar to a special-use permit -- for BFI, which would operate out of the former Western Electric building at Kenmore Avenue and Vulcan Street near the Buffalo-Town of Tonawanda border.

Nearby residents in the town, Village of Kenmore and City of Buffalo have raised concerns about the project.

County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, last month issued a call for the meeting so BFI officials could address residents' fears of increased truck traffic, noxious odors and rodent problems.

BFI officials, who claim their proposed operation would be environmentally safe and clean, had said they first wanted to let the Town Board review their proposal before holding any public meetings.

The proposed regional recycling center would separate recyclable paper, glass and cans before shipping them to the appropriate markets. The proposal estimates the center will operate a maximum of 12 hours a day, six days a week and accommodate a maximum 360 tons of recyclable materials, hauled in about 216 truckloads each day.

"The Town Board will not take any action on this matter until we have had the opportunity to hear from the public and examine the BFI proposal and Planning Board recommendation in detail," Champlin said.

The Planning Board's recommendation includes 21 stipulations and conditions for the permit.

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