Share this article

print logo

Details promised for auction site Wales board hears outline of plans

Russell Scherrer is taking another shot at constructing a new auction business, and this time he is promising to provide Wales officials with specific details about his plans.

Scherrer and his attorney, Charles Ritter, appeared at Tuesday's work session of the Wales Town Board to answer questions about Scherrer's application for a special-use permit for Auctions International on its current site at 11167 Big Tree Road (Route 20A).

The Town Board revoked Scherrer's permit two years ago for failing to comply with town codes and conditions of the permit.

Scherrer told the board he has finances and a clearer picture to present to the board. He said his plan calls for the operation to be built in three phases.

* Phase I, to be completed by June 15, would consist of an administrative office building housing 15 employees. Outdoor lighting and 40 parking spots will be allowed on the site until Phase I and II are completed.

* Phase II, to be completed by next August, would include additional buildings in the front portion of the property and indoor auctions.

* Phase III, to be finished by November 2012, would include an L-shaped flea market on the perimeter of the property.

When everything is complete, the site would have parking for 150.

Ritter asked the board to consider allowing Scherrer to use the current sanitary system for Phase I until the larger crowds are attracted.

Jude Hartrich, a board member, told Ritter that the board wants a detailed business plan in writing with deadlines.

In another matter, Denise Marshall, a director for the Elma, Marilla and Wales Boys & Girls Club, asked the board to consider an increase of $250 in the board's normal annual donation when the town budget is compiled.

Voters in the the Iroquois School District, she explained, defeated the school budget, so the district is required by law to charge rent.