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Public comments on a proposed change in Franklinville's town zoning ordinance will be received in a special session at 7 p.m. May 27 in Town Hall.

If accepted by the Town Board, the amendment will redefine home retail and service trades, making them allowable accessory uses in the Agricultural-Residential Zone and limiting the activity to just one employee.

The amendment would enable special-use permits for auto repair shops and auto sales lots in the Agricultural-Residential Zone.

In addition, single-family and multiple-family dwellings would be allowed in the General Business (B-1) and Industrial Business (B-2) zones.

The proposal also would establish a B-1 Zone from the western edge of a B-2 Zone at the corner of Cadiz Road and Narrows Road, or Bakerstand Road.

The new B-1 Zone would extend westward into the Agricultural-Residential Zone to the intersection of Bryant Hill Road. Bryant Hill Road property as far west as the Roberts Collision property would be included in the new B-1 Zone.

Currently, the only B-1 Zones in the town straddle a few blocks along Route 16 north and south of the Village of Franklinville.

The proposal originated March 21 with the town Zoning Board of Appeals and resulted from some long-standing requests from residents and business people to change the ordinance to accommodate nonpermitted activities.

In April, the Cattaraugus County Planning Board recommended its approval, and a public hearing, planned for May 13, was rescheduled because a local law spelling out the amendment had not been prepared.

At last Tuesday's board meeting, councilmen agreed to send letters of apology to property owners and business owners Ron Warner, Lori Evans, Paul Roberts, Paul Rinko and Leonard Caros, who encountered delays because of the postponement of the public hearing.

Also Tuesday, the board received a recommendation from cemetery sexton Cleon Easton to bring the fees for the sale of cemetery lots and burials in Mount Prospect Cemetery in line with average rates for 14 other cemeteries in the area.

Board members voted unanimously to raise the rates, effective June 1, as follows: Burial plots to $350 from $300, casket burials to $350 from $300, and cremated remains burials to $200 from $175.

Board members then authorized Highway Superintendent Bill Weller to spend $250 for travel costs to attend a training seminar and agreed to send a letter of congratulations to the Lions Club for the past 15 years of service in the Franklinville-Machias area.

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