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MAYOR EXPECTS ZONING CODE TO BE ADOPTED IN OCTOBER

The Village Board is expected to adopt the zoning code in October, according to Mayor Frank Pagano.

The board held a second public hearing Monday on the proposed zoning code as part of a regularly scheduled meeting.

During the public portion of that meeting, Lance Wojda, proprietor of a new business, a strip club, at 35 Water St., spoke to the board. The business does not have a liquor license, according to Wojda, who contended that full nudity is allowable because no alcohol will be served.

Pagano opposes this type of business, especially in a college town.

If the proposed zoning ordinance had been adopted, this business could not be located on Water Street. The proposed code limits this type of business to an area on Route 60, the eastern village line.

Pagano said Thursday that he has received a number of calls opposing the strip club. He also heard concerns that other businesses in the downtown area would add similar entertainment. When the proposed code is adopted, other businesses in the downtown area will not be able to add this feature, but Club 35 would be allowed to continue, because it had been in existence before the adoption, Pagano explained.

The board met later and discussed the proposed code. During the public hearings, residents' concerns include rezoning of Cornell Vineyards on Route 20 and 60 for commercial use, restricting the number of students in a dwelling unit and having a historical district.

Residents also opposed the possibility of rezoning a portion of the area near Newton and Pleasant streets to allow an office complex rather than only residences.

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