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BOARD VOTES TO DEMOLISH 3 DECAYED BUILDINGS

The Town Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to demolish three buildings after the building inspector said they were nearly falling down.

Only one resident spoke up during a public hearing, saying the house he owns at 3015 Savannah St. has been falling apart for 40 to 50 years.

Shawn M. Garbutt said that his grandmother gave him the house before she went to a nursing home but that he has been unable to make improvements to the structure.

"It's not that I'm not willing to pay to get it done or anything, but (in) my current economic situation, it's going to take a while to get it done," he said.

He told the board that it should do what it wants with the house, which he said would cost him $20,000 to $30,000 to remodel.

Supervisor Steven C. Richards said, "You have to knock them down or else your neighborhoods deteriorate."

Richards said residents can seek assistance from the Niagara Community Action Program, which in the past year gave 21 homes in the town free roofs, windows or siding so the residences would not deteriorate to the condition of the three structures the board voted to have demolished.

The other two properties are a house at 4781 Creekside Parkway and a garage at 3323 Hyde Park Blvd.

In another matter, the board denied the request of Debra A. and Jeffrey C. Janese at 3200 Woodland Ave. for the town to pay to move a fire hydrant on their property.

The Janeses altered their original plans and widened a driveway, so they want the hydrant moved five feet because it interferes with the new driveway layout, said Councilman Danny W. Sklarski.

"Had he stuck with his original plans, the fire hydrant wouldn't have been an issue at all," Sklarski said. "He can move it, but it will be at his own expense."

Other board members have said that if the Town Board paid to move the hydrant, it would set a dangerous precedent.

The board voted to pay General Code Publishers of Rochester up to $100,000 to store town records on laser fiche.

In addition, the board agreed to authorize O'Brien & Gere Engineers of Williamsville to perform preliminary site work on Phase 1 of the town's new park. The work will include one entrance to the park and playing fields on the west end of the project.

Richards said he did not have a cost estimate available for the work to be done by O'Brien & Gere.

The park site is bounded by Colonial Drive and Lockport, Miller and Grauer roads. In August 1997, the board paid $206,000 for the 82.9-acre area.

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