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Village plans hearing on zoning laws

The Village Board on Monday set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. July 9 on a proposed local zoning law to restrict adult entertainment facilities to an area along Route 60 and to allow highway business district uses in light industrial districts.

All uses would be subject to site plan review by the Zoning Board, the proposal states. Trustee Susan Mackay and attorney Sam Drayo noted the Fredonia Zoning Board has given its approval to the proposed zoning changes.

The law, if approved, would be part of the village's comprehensive plan, now being revised. Trustee Michelle Twichell said she would like to know the public has enough information about the law and the areas of the village that would be affected.

The proposed law and a map showing the areas that could be affected can be reviewed in the village clerk's office.

Mayor Michael Sullivan is proposing the Village Board meet in regular session the second and fourth Mondays of each month, not every Monday.

He would like to change the time of the board's regular meeting to 6:30 p.m. and hold the meetings in the second-floor board room.

The mayor also proposes the entire meeting be televised by the local cable access channel.

Trustee Gary Damico questioned the idea, stating fewer meetings reduces discussion time and might cause the board to rush issues and decisions.

Mackay said she wondered whether the board would have the same rapport if all discussion was before a live television camera. The mayor said the public should hear more of the board's discussions.

In other business, two bids were received for an elevated sidewalk behind businesses on East Main Street. The bids were too high, and neither will be accepted. The project will be redesigned and rebid.

East Main Street business requests for community development block grant funds to get their buildings up to code, however, were approved, Mackay said.

The board meets again Monday with a 6:30 p.m. workshop, followed by a meeting at 7:30 in Village Hall.

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