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>Ross to ask legislators to allow farming on site

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, plans to ask fellow legislators Tuesday to allow a Wheatfield farmer to cultivate unused land in the county's Vantage International Pointe industrial park.

Calvin Pfohl of Lockport Road made the request last year. In a letter to Samuel M. Ferraro, executive director of the Industrial Development Agency, Pfohl, who owns land next to the Lockport Road site, said the vacant land "is growing into brush and weeds, giving the property an unpleasant appearance. The property would look so much better if it were farmed."

Pfohl said he would raise hay and would be willing to absorb the losses if a sale of the land to a developer forced him to give up his crop. Ross said Kenneth Retzlaff, who formerly farmed the land, no longer is farming.

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