The Wales Town Board has voted to issue a special-use permit to Reed Petroleum to build a new Yellow Goose gas station at the corner of Two Rod Road and Route 20A after Reed Petroleum agreed to several concessions requested by the residents and the board, including giving up the retail space.
The permit is contingent on state Department of Transportation approval of driveway locations.
The roll call vote was, 4-1, with Councilman Adrian Keem voting no. Keem said he preferred to table the issue until the board had more information from the DOT and neighbors were notified of the concessions.
Reed Petroleum said it would give up plans for a retail area if the town would allow it to build the 4,400-square-foot building originally proposed. The concessions the Petroleum company made were in answer to a public outcry regarding traffic flow, noise, litter and public urination. New restrooms, berms with trees and fences, locked dumpsters and increased fuel locations should cut down or eliminate much of the problems, Reed Petroleum representative Thomas Jaccarino said.
Jaccarino said the company's purchase of the site hinged on the receipt of the special-use permit. He agreed the maintenance around the station/store was not done properly. "We don't own the building yet but when we do we will keep it up," he said.
Jack Canney, owner of the Yellow Goose, said he was never aware of any complaints over the past 10 years.
The board also set 10 a.m. Nov. 11 for the dedication of a plaque in Town Park honoring the town's war dead.