The Orchard Park Town Board Wednesday night granted a six- month excavation permit to two Milestrip Road residents who say the permit is needed to complete a "landscaping project" that is "about half done."
John Buczek of 7380 Milestrip Road and Greg Hines of 7390 Milestrip said they needed an extension on an expiring one-year excavation permit to allow Buffalo Creek Landscaping Inc. to remove soil from their property.
Buffalo Creek removes the soil, which is suitable for use in septic systems, when it has a buyer for the material.
"Right now we have a three-year completion date," said Bene Donnelly of Buffalo Creek Landscaping. "We want to get it done as soon as we can. We just have to get a buyer."
Donnelly, who obtained a three-year permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said the residents had hoped the sale of the soil would pay for the cost of the landscaping project.
Supervisor Dennis J. Mill said the board originally thought the purpose of the excavation was to reverse the slope behind the two homes.
"We thought the excavation was merely to reslope the property . . . not to be a gravel-pit operation," Mill said.
Board members, noting that the work is being done in a residential area, said they were concerned about the dust generated by the soil removal and the hours of excavation.
The six-month permit was granted after board members defeated the renewal of an expiring one-year permit in a 3-2 vote.
In other business, the board approved a revised site plan submitted by National Health Care Affiliates of 5200 Chestnut Ridge Road for a 120-bed adult-care facility provided National Health Care submits a $6,000 landscaping completion bond.
The board also:
Granted a request by Shanor Electric Supply Co., 3605 N. Buffalo Road, for change in use for a retail and wholesale electric fixture and equipment business provided there is a declaration that the change will not have an adverse environmental impact and the company furnishes a $1,200 landscape completion bond.
Approved a request by A.D.S. Development Inc., 3345 N. Benzing Road, for a building permit for a 9,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility with stipulations, a negative environmental declaration, and deposit of a $375 landscape completion bond.
Scheduled a public hearing for 8 p.m. July 18 on a request by Kaleidoscope Montessori Preschool Inc., 3680 Eggert Road, for a rezoning from Residential-2 to Business-3 to operate a day school for young children.
Referred to the Planning Board a request by Hutchins Automotive Supply Inc. for a building permit for a 10,000-square-foot automotive supply store on 2.5 acres of vacant property on the west side of Southwestern Boulevard and north of the Commons Plaza.
Heard a complaint by Robert Fortenbaugh of 17 Ferndale Drive regarding a water bill his mother received immediately after the town's installation of a water meter at their home. Fortenbaugh said the bill, which showed a three-month use of 80,000 gallons, could not be correct since their quarterly bills for the last four years average about 17,000 gallons.