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Panel to review plans to build store at Clinton and Transit

The Elma Town Board on Wednesday told representatives of the Westminster Group, which is overseeing a project to build a 6,900-square-foot Advanced Auto store at Clinton Street and Transit Road, that the plans are being referred to the Planning Board for review.

A preliminary business-use permit for the auto parts retailer was approved by the board, 5-0, with Councilman David W. Polak requesting that the building inspector have the final approval. Polak asked whether the houses to be demolished to make way for the new building could be used by local fire companies for a practice burn.

Attorneys for Westminster said they had no problem with the request but would have to look into the insurance liability first.

In other matters, the board:

*Heard resident Trudy Weber ask that the town mark parking lines at the Senior Center and take an interest in finding a developer to build senior citizen housing so older residents who cannot stay in big homes anymore will not have to move away.

*Scheduled two public hearings at 8 p.m. April 19 for Drainage District 174 on Kirkwood Road and for Drainage District 175 for Aurora Sales on Seneca Street.

*Approved requests from Water Superintendent Gene Stevenson to attend a dig safety program April 11 and a Global Information System mapping course April 25 with Water Clerk Pat Jakubowski and for Jakubowski to attend a seminar May 3 at a cost of $125 for registration plus one night at a hotel. Costs are covered in the Water Department training budget.

*Heard Building Inspector Joseph P. Colern report that 14 building permits have been issued for Spring Brook Shores, a patio home development on Rice Road.

*Approved, 5-0, a National Incident Management System that will help federal, state and local agencies work together in the event of a crisis. It is under auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

*Town Board members will have to take four courses to comply. Employees in the Water, Highway and Building departments have already taken the courses.

*Held a moment of silence for Assemblywoman Sandra Lee Wirth of Elma, who died Saturday.

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