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The town Planning Board has hired a consultant to determine whether a proposed all-terrain vehicle park east of Ellicottville will be too noisy.

The park is planned for 12 1/2 miles of former horseback-riding trails at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road. Angevine Accoustical Consulting will present an analysis of the applicant's noise study at a Nov. 26 meeting of the Planning Board at 7 p.m., when a public hearing will be scheduled.

If the Planning Board grants a conditional use permit, the project would accommodate as many as 350 ATVs each day from late May through September and could provide seasonal jobs for as many as 30 workers.

John Kent, who is host to fall nightmare hayrides and a July rodeo event on the 214-acre site, first proposed the recreational facility in March.

Monday, board members and staffers questioned the study provided by Kent's consultants, Town Planner Carol Horowitz said.

That study says noise levels of park activities won't surpass existing levels, but the analysis was based on a demonstration of only four ATVs at the site, and also at a location some distance from the proposed area where ATVs would assemble.

The proposed one-way trail meanders around Kent's property, frequently passing close to boundary lines. Neighbors have opposed the project on the basis of noise, erosion, safety and traffic problems.

The board scheduled two public hearings for projects at 7 p.m. during the November meeting:

The proposed telecommunications antenna placement of Devon Communications and Adelphia Cable.

The proposed 3,000-square-foot butterfly greenhouse of Steve Kellogg at Nannen Arboretum. The greenhouse proposal would create an educational facility within a 30-by-96-foot habitat for native butterflies and moths,.

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