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Kenmore rescinds rezoning

A Kenmore resident who wants to operate an automobile business on property zoned for residential use will have to wait until next month to see whether the Village Board will allow it.

The board Tuesday rescinded a Sept. 6 resolution that rezoned the property. Mayor John W. Beaumont said insufficient notice was given for a public hearing.

John Camilleri, the owner of the property at 22 Hoover Ave., wants the residential zoning changed to commercial for a business operation, which involves selling cars and car parts over the Internet, Beaumont said. He said 50 percent of the adjoining property is already zoned commercial.

But some residents oppose the rezoning and are questioning whether Camilleri is getting special treatment because his father runs the Town of Tonawanda wastewater treatment plant.

Beaumont said the board voted to approve the rezoning, after the Planning Board recommended it, following a public hearing Sept. 6.

But a village official Tuesday realized the public hearing was advertised five days before the Sept. 6 meeting and it should have been 10 days. Beaumont said the decision, therefore, is not binding because the legal advertising time wasn't used.

"The law is not a law; what we passed is not qualified," he said.

A new hearing is set for Oct. 4.

Beaumont said he's aware that some residents are concerned and have "questions that need to be answered. (Answers) will come out in the public hearing."

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