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Board to vote on three proposed laws

Members of the the Marilla Town Board will vote on three proposed laws when they meet Thursday, including one clamping down on malfunctioning security alarms.

At issue are unnecessary response requests of the Erie County Sheriff's Office and fire company, often placing lives at risk and adding to fuel costs.

The law would make it cost-effective for businesses and resident to fine-tune security alarms and avoid false reports, with fines imposed after the first false alarm -- $50 on the second occurrence and $100 for successive incidents.

Other proposed laws:

* A zoning requirement that dog kennels be located at least 100 feet from property lines.
* Requiring property owners to apply for a building permit first before seeking variances through the Zoning Board of Appeals. Officials said they want to end misuse of the appeals panel.

The board also discussed a survey and application for a building permit by former Supervisor John Foss on behalf of Country Crossroads Floristry, which is building a new shop on Two Rod Road near Clinton Street in an area zoned for business. Councilman Warren Handly said the building lot is shy of being in compliance on size.

As a result, the board directed a letter be written to Foss advising him that he will be required to apply for a variance.

Handley had called for the building inspector to issue a stop-work order on the construction site. However, board member Barbara Spanitz accused Handley of "being picky, political and petty."

On another issue, Supervisor George Gertz noted 11 more signatures will be required on a petition to seek Rural Development funding for the proposed Water District 5.

"We are almost there," he said.

Gertz said there are 68 parcels in the proposed district, which covers Clinton Street between Eastwood Road and the county line, Cayuga Creek Road and Exchange Street.

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