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Kaczmarek draws praise upon his retirement from Elma zoning panel

The Town of Elma is losing a long-standing member of its Zoning Board of Appeals.

Harry L. Kaczmarek, who joined the board in January 1995, recently announced his retirement and was cited Wednesday by the Town Board for his service and dedication to Elma.

Reading from a proclamation, Supervisor Dennis M. Powers said Kaczmarek served the people and Town of Elma “with integrity and honesty and genuine interest for the welfare of this community.”

Kaczmarek, 79, who served under five supervisors, said the proclamation is a testament to the different administrations he has worked with over the years, stating he “couldn’t have asked for a better group of people.”

Councilman Michael P. Nolan added his own words of praise. “Even though you’re a Democrat, you did one heck of a job,” said Nolan, a Republican. “In my eight years as supervisor, he was great to work with. We’re all friends; politics don’t matter. You did a tremendous job.” Kaczmarek thanked the other members of the zoning panel for their “intelligent and wise” decisions.

“Last but not least, I dedicate this to the great citizens of the great Town of Elma,” Kaczmarek added.

In other action Wednesday, the Town Board approved business-use permits for Taylor’s Springbrook Sweets and 7Gens LLC.

Taylor’s will offer ice cream, desserts and coffee at its shop at 6320 Seneca St. The owners said they hope to open in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Situated next door to the former Spring Brook fire hall, the building recently was home to a karate studio.

The other company, 7Gens, will house an office and distribute supplies to schools from its location at 717 Jamison Road.