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BOARD MEETS ON SPECIAL-USE PERMIT ISSUES

The Wales Town Board huddled with the owner of a Yellow Goose convenience store-gasoline station Tuesday night over the alleged violations of a special-use permit by the business.

Board members told the owner, Tom Jacarino, that a special-use permit issued two years ago to expand the Yellow Goose did not allow "for rent" signs for unrelated businesses or outside displays of products, banners and portable signs.

Also, board members said that products cannot be displayed within 50 feet of the corner and that drivers are complaining they have difficulty seeing east from Route 20.

The gasoline station and market are on the corner of Route 20A and Two Rod Road. Jacarino said he would take care of the problem with the store manager today.

The board also wanted to know why a natural berm had not been erected. Supervisor Mary Weinman said a "few shovels of dirt" do not make a berm.

Jacarino asked if dense plantings would suffice. Board members said they must be higher than the small, sparse plantings that are there now.

Jacarino apologized for the delay in complying with the permit and said he will appear at the next Town Board meeting, on Oct. 10, with a plan to bring the Yellow Goose into compliance.

Weinman said the owners will be cited by the building inspector if they do not comply with the permit.

One resident asked if there is a time limit for compliance, and the supervisor replied: "We learn as we go along. The next special-use permits will have time frames in them."

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