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REZONING FOR WALDEN AVENUE NURSERY DENIED

The Alden Town Board Monday denied a request from Stanley Jedrysik to rezone an 11-acre parcel near Wende Road and Walden Avenue to C-2 Commercial from R-3 Residential for a nursery business.

Despite a May 13 recommendation from the Planning Board to rezone the irregularly shaped lot, the Town Board denied the request after reviewing the application on the grounds that the parcel is best suited to light-industrial use.

Board members said the nursery would benefit only Jedrysik -- not the taxpayers. The board also found that other areas are more compatible with Jedrysik's proposed business.

Supervisor Richard Savage said the nursery stock would sit there most of the year and there would be no increase to the tax base.

Highway Superintendent Harry Milligan told the board that E & R General Construction Inc. of Blasdell, which was hired by the town to work on Water District 4, has been seen hauling 10 loads of excavated dirt to a private home on Lesswing Road instead of to the new Alden Town Park where it was to be used as fill.

The board intends to deduct the fair market price of the soil from E & R's bill.

Councilman Robert Smith said the Alden Chamber of Commerce has pledged $25,000 toward lighting equipment for the ball diamond at the new park, but the Chamber wants assurances that the town has money in its budget to cover installation costs. Savage said the town has the money.

In other business, the board:

Approved a request from the Night Owls Home Bureau to use the community center the second, fourth and fifth Mondays of each month from 7 to 11 p.m.

Approved a request from the Alden Men's Softball League to use the Town Park softball diamonds and concession stand for its tournament from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. Rain dates are Aug. 16 and 17.

Approved a home-occupation permit renewal for Paul Jurek, 12550 Genesee St., to sell lawn ornaments and silhouettes.

Approved a request by the St. John's Lawn Fete Committee to use the band shell July Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Accepted with regret the resignation of Robert Woods from the Board of Assessment Review.

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