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EMERGENCY ACCESS TO NEW HOME RAISES CONCERNS

A three-story home being constructed in Sunset Bay is raising concerns about whether there is sufficient access for emergency personnel.

Those concerns were expressed Monday during a meeting of the Hanover Town Board.

"You can't put a ladder up to the top of the building," said George Weiskerger, president of the Sunset Bay Association and a member of the Fire Department. He also said the house is too close to another to allow enough space for the extension of a ladder truck.

The structure has a garage on the first level and is topped by two additional stories.

"We all want expansion in the town, but you need to look at the safety aspect of this," Weiskerger said.

After the meeting, he said the building inspector has called for a halt to further work on the building until architectural plans are reviewed.

In another matter, Weiskerger suggested that Hanford Bay and Sunset Bay both be zoned residential and recreational.

Hanford Bay currently is zoned residential and Sunset Bay is zoned residential and recreational.

"I think we all pretty well agree there is no more room for the expansion of businesses, whether it be the marina or the bars," he said, referring to Sunset Bay. "We want businesses, but let's put them out on the highway."

Comments on the building and the rezoning suggestion were made during public participation on the town's proposed recodification of its zoning laws.

Supervisor Don Dalrymple said the revisions to the zoning code primarily involve making the current document easier to understand.

"There were minor adjustments," he said. "Most of it had to do with the readability."

The board is expected to adopt the changes in January.

In other action, the board:

Agreed to the purchase computer hardware from Custom Computers International Inc. of Amherst at a cost of $14,855.40. The package includes a computer-network system, wiring, software, printers and a file server for the town clerk's office.

Agreed to accept bids for a piece of equipment at the sewage-treatment plant called a "muncher." Bids will be opened Jan. 23.

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