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The Sheridan Town Board Thursday approved the creation of a recreation zone for a proposed public golf course on the former Niagara Mohawk Eagle Bay property.

The area to be rezoned from agricultural-residential to recreational covers 372 acres and borders Center and East Middle roads and Route 5.

Developers for the project have said they want to start site preparation for the golf course this fall. The entire project could take up to two years to complete.

Town Supervisor Allan LeBarron said the recreation zone will have uses allowed by special permit only.

"For anything they do, they will have to apply for a special-use permit," LeBarron said.

Permitted uses will include a golf course, golf-driving range, tennis or racquetball courts, automatic baseball- and softball-throwing machines and batting cages, a clubhouse that will serve refreshments, swimming club and a football or soccer field.

The board also agreed to act as lead agent for the state Environmental Quality Review process.

A public hearing on the rezoning is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

LeBarron said the board's action addresses only the zoning ordinance.

The town Zoning Board previously indicated it supports the rezoning plan.

The board discussed installing a more permanent roadblock for an area of Meyers Road about 600 feet from Route 39. LeBarron said the intersection is unsafe and the town wants to reduce the potential for liability.

He also said that if development occurred in the area, a cul-de-sac will be constructed.

Town Police Officer Larry Ludemann said the state Department of Transportation opposes the construction of barriers across roads such as guardrails.

Instead, the state favors the construction of a ditch and the installation of signs that the roadway is ending.

LeBarron said additional discussion has not surfaced on a plan to eliminate several railroad crossings in the town and create a larger, more centralized, railroad crossing.

He said he favors the proposal because it addresses safety issues and would help with traffic going into the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park.

"It would help them with getting their products in and out," LeBarron said.

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