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UNANIMOUS BOARD VOTE REJECTS PLAN FOR CREMATORY

There will be no crematory in the Village of Sloan.

That was decided Wednesday night when the Village Board voted, 5-0, to deny a building permit to Cutler Casket, which hoped to build an office and cremation chambers at 1386 Lovejoy St.

The vote followed a public hearing, attended by about 130 people, at which strong opposition was voiced.

"We had to listen to what the residents wanted," said Mayor Ken Pokorski. "It's a sensitive and emotional issue."

Pokorski said that the public hearing, held in Sloan Fire Hall, was not required before the vote but that village officials chose to hold one because the crematory was the most controversial issue to arise in the village during his more than three years as mayor.

Gary Cutler, the business owner, and Laurence Stuart, manufacturer of the equipment that would be used, previously had said that the facility would produce virtually no noise and would not emit foul odors or smoke. They estimated that the firm would have handled about three cremations a day, Monday through Saturday.

Stuart said his firm, Crematory Manufacturing & Service, has installed about 1,000 units worldwide.

"We have no smell," he said. "It doesn't smoke. It doesn't get hot. You can lean up against it."

Residents saw it differently. "Our image will be the village with the crematory," Celeste Korzeniewski said at the first hearing.

Pokorski said a proposal to build a crematory in Sloan also was rejected about 17 years ago.

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