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Seneca golf course moves a step closer Lewiston Board OKs impact statement for $19 million championship layout

LEWISTON -- The Town Board on Monday gave the Seneca Niagara Gaming Corp.'s Hickory Stick Golf Course another needed approval to move forward toward development.

The $19 million championship golf course -- planned on 257 acres along Creek and Pletcher roads and the Robert Moses Parkway -- received the board's unanimous approval of its supplemental environmental impact statement.

Councilman Sean A. Edwards said he was approving the plan with the understanding that nesting islands be set up along the course, as Four Mile Creek passes through it. Edwards was assured that the nesting sites are part of the approved plan.

Supervisor Fred M. Newlin said it would be nice to see waterfowl on the course.

Newlin said the course would alleviate "considerable drainage problems" that have plagued residents along Creek Road.

Last week, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency awarded the gaming corporation an agreement for payments in lieu of taxes that will mean $1.1 million in property tax breaks, plus up to $522,000 in sales and mortgage tax savings over five years.

The IDA will hold a public presentation about the PILOT agreement at 3:30 p.m. May 18 in Lewiston Town Hall.

Newlin said he was negotiating for reduced course rates for town residents.

Ground-breaking for the golf course is expected in the next month, and the course is expected to be open for play in 2009.

In another matter, the board discussed a $500,000-plus project to bring sewers to about 20 to 25 homes in Sanborn, along Buffalo and West streets. Also considered was the possibility of additional funding to extend sewers to both the north and south sides of Saunders Settlement Road, from Townline Road to West Street.

Town Engineer Robert P. Lannon Jr. said rocky soil in the area stalled the project several years ago. He said gravity sewers and grinder pumps would be used to avoid blasting through the hard rock.

Board members agreed that they would like to move forward on the project before any streetscape improvements and sidewalks are started in Sanborn.

Also Monday, the board:

Learned that developers have expressed interest in commercial development on Saunders Settlement Road, where a greenhouse recently was torn down, but there are no sewers in that area now.

Discussed a $1.5 million plan to install new water lines on Mountainview, Forest and Woodlawn drives. Newlin said the lines in the area are 96 years old, the oldest in the town. Lannon said about 10 percent of the roads are in the Village of Lewiston.

Approved $49,000 to provide two aerial sprayings for gypsy moths, which would cover a 700-acre area on The Circle, Bronson and Forest drives. The sprayings in mid-May are not harmful to humans, pets or property, said John Sharpe, coordinator of the sprayings.

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