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Nursery approval upsets residents

The Elma Town Board's approval of a yearlong use permit to allow Seasonal Nursery to operate out of two sites on New Bullis Road has upset neighbors.

Bryan Young received permission this week to operate the nursery on the recently renovated road.

Resident John Warchocki asked the Town Board at a Wednesday night meeting why the seven property owners that live on New Bullis Road -- which is zoned industrial on one side and residential on the other -- were not notified about the use permit request.

Warchocki voiced concerns that he and his neighbors will have to put up with dust and the wind-blown debris from the nursery operation.

Warchocki, who has lived on New Bullis Road for many years, said an earlier administration changed the zoning on the road from agricultural to industrial in 1952 without notifying any of the residents back then, either. He and neighbors petitioned the Town Board several years ago, when John DiJoseph was supervisor, to change their side of the road to a residential zone.

The New Bullis Road project was finished last year at a cost of $500,000, plus grant money.

Board members explained that the use permit given to Young would be temporary, and Young would move to a site on Bullis Road in a year. Councilman Michael Nolan told Warchocki there will be a period of down time from November to March, as well.

There will be no retail business on the site.

Some board members sympathized with Warchocki. Councilman Thomas Fallon wanted a shorter time frame for the use permit, but Young said he had to lease the space for a year. Councilman Tracy Petrocey, the lone board member to vote against the one-year use, expressed worries that the site is near Transit Road and could create traffic concerns because of trucks using the site.

Young told residents he wanted to be a good neighbor and was willing to put his stock of 200 Colorado pines in front as a buffer to hide the mulch and landscape stone. He said he would put a tarp over the topsoil pile so it doesn't blow onto their properties and water the ground to avoid dust. Fallon changed his mind for the lease period after Young explained what he planned to do.

The use permit will run from June 1 until June 1, 2013.

Nolan told the neighbors they have to be mindful of what is allowed on the site, such as a black top business or a crushed stone plant.