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NEW TOWN BOARD FINALLY RECORDS SPLIT VOTE

It took three months, but the new, calmer West Seneca Town Board finally had a split vote.

At issue was permission to rebuild a billboard at 3500 Transit Road from two side-by-side structures -- one facing in each direction -- to a single sign, with messages on both sides. The new sign would be illuminated and start 20 feet above the ground

Councilmen Christopher Osmanski and Timothy Wroblewski voted against the permit, which was approved by a 3-2 vote. Osmanski and Wroblewski apparently were moved by the comments of Deborah Guzzino of 28 Wetherstone Drive.

She does not live close enough to the property to have been notified, but, she said, "I'm concerned about the illumination (in general). Transit Road is building up very quickly."

"Those of us whose backyards look onto Transit are beginning to realize there is a lot more noise, a lot more lighting and a lack of privacy," she said. "This may be one billboard, but it's just one thing among so many going up so quickly. . . . We used to have quiet, dark backyards at night."

Osmanski said he, too, was concerned. While no near neighbors objected to the sign, "I share the concern about the rapid development of Transit Road," he said.

Supervisor Paul Clark, who broke the 2-2 tie, disagreed.

"Commerce and businesses have a place as part of our town, and as long as residents are not adversely affected, we ought to allow them to advertise," Clark said. Besides, he added, "that is a business strip."

In other action, the board:

Awarded a $96,700 contract to Nussbaumer & Clark for the second phase of the town's new geographical information system.

Awarded a $41,246 contract to Clough, Harbor Associates, the lowest of eight bidders, for a sewer evaluation study.

Authorized a $19,855 contract for inspection of the Centennial Pool project to Krehbiel Associates.

Unanimously approved a new local law limiting the siting of "adult-use" businesses to three specific manufacturing zones well away from churches, schools or residential neighborhoods.

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