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Separate hearings set for water districts

The Wales Town Board has decided to hold separate public hearings on creating Water Districts 2 and 3.

The hearing on District 2, which includes Wales Center, Reiter Road, Route 20A, Two and Four Rod roads and eight houses on Hunters Creek Road, will be held in the Wales Center Fire Hall on Big Tree Road at 7 p.m. Oct. 19.

The one on District 3, which includes Route 16, South Depot Road and Warner Hill Road to the train tracks, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in the South Wales Fire Hall on Route 16.

Tempers were a bit hot at Tuesday's board meeting when dairy farmer Tom Perrin of Centerline Road, South Wales, raised objections to having a pumping station built on his 120 acres for Water District 2.

Perrin later told The Buffalo News that he feared the water district would spur development, which he opposes, fearing increases in property value and higher assessments.

Supervisor Ricky Venditti said the board had received petitions for a water district a few years ago and it was the board's job to follow through on the request.

Doug Sernofsky, another Centerline Road resident, asked if the town was going to use eminent domain to take land for locating a water tower on Centerline Road.

Venditti said the idea had not occurred to anyone.

Sernofsky also asked if an owner of more than one parcel in a proposed district would have more than one vote; Venditti said no.

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