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EDEN RECRUITING PLANNING BOARD MEMBERS

The Eden Town Board is now recruiting members for a new five-member agricultural advisory committee.

Reviewing town policies on farm property transfer-development rights and agricultural overlay zoning will be among the committee's first tasks.

The town has been a pioneer in Western New York in transfer-development rights, the rarely used process by which farmers may benefit from farmland sales.

Similarly, the farm zoning overlay has drawn interest, with some favoring the land-use restrictions and others, especially some older farmers, preferring to see it modified so they could sell land they no longer intend to farm, Supervisor Sue Bissonette said.

The Town Board has approved a law defining land-use policies that, in effect, bars Eden as a future location of toxic material landfills.

Town residents will have a chance to learn if radon, a harmful naturally generated gas is filtering into their homes. The town has scheduled a meeting for 7:30 p.m. Monday at which radon detection will be explained. For $8, residents may buy kits including an analysis of kit findings.

The town has reached a $9,000 settlement with its insurance company for the town police car that was wrecked when it was struck in March while parked on a road shoulder. The town also has been recommended for a $53,000 Community Development Block Grant that will help it complete the Town Hall reconstruction that includes the installation of an elevator.

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