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OFFICIALS SIZING UP BUILDING PERMIT CHANGES

Members of the Aurora Town Board Monday night wrestled with ideas on how to change a law on issuing building permits.

During a special meeting of the board, Building Inspector Patrick Blizniak said building-code legislation leaves him with just one avenue in determining how and when to issue new building permits.

Blizniak wants the board to come up with two procedures for new construction: one for large developments such as the Presbyterian Homes project and another for homeowners who want to make small additions such as garages or sheds.

Supervisor William J. Green said officials have been wrestling with the problem for years.

"We're trying to differentiate between large and small," Green said.

Town attorney Frederick Wolf raised no objections about the proposed legislation, as long as it is constitutional.

Blizniak assured the board that any site-plan review by his department would not be an effort to overly regulate building in the town. "The last thing we want is an Architectural Review Board," he said.

In other business, the board:

Heard Councilman Thomas Cotton say the town is studying noise ordinances adopted recently from in Amherst and the Town Hamburg.

Councilman David Thomason said board members "will bring something forward" after the laws are reviewed in a work session.

Unanimously passed early-retirement legislation. Candidates would be given 90 days to make a decision beginning Oct. 3.

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