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Lewiston public hearing set for Wolfgang subdivision

LEWISTON – After years of discussion, the Wolfgang subdivision moved closer to approval Monday with very little discussion – except to set a date for a public hearing at the next Town Board meeting on Aug. 24.

The planned 14.4-acre, 27-lot subdivision off of Lower River Road and southwest of the Riverwalk subdivision, is behind land owner Jerald I. Wolfgang’s own property.

Plans are to build upscale homes with an average listing price of $300,000 in phases over three to five years with eight homes built in the first phase and the rest in the second phase.

The homes would be built on 75-by-150-foot lots.

The Town Board is expected to vote on the final approval following the public hearing.

Included in the plan is a drainage plan.

A number of residents of the nearby Riverwalk subdivision complained for years about flooding on their properties, which the town was left to deal with and has been attempting to fix with taxpayer money.

A portion of the Wolfgang subdivision along the southeastern boundary is located in the Federal Emergency Management-regulated 100-year flood plain. A revised plan for the subdivision addressed this problem and is expected to provide for flow relief.

Also at the meeting:

• The board approved a small subdivision plan in Sanborn, at the corner of Townline and Tellman roads, which will subdivide a largely overgrown and neglected one-lot parcel into three residential lots.

• The board accepted the retirement of Town Historian Robert Martinez. The board held off on appointing John Sharp to the paid position, as requested by Martinez, but rather will publicize the job opening.

• The board discussed concerns raised by resident Paulette Glasgow, who questioned why there wasn’t more information in an agreement about state money for highway repairs.

“The document you approved is so vaguely written that it gives the highway superintendent broad spectrum to go anywhere he wishes to do anything he chooses with a quarter of a million dollars,” said Glasgow.

Assistant Town Attorney Brian Seaman disagreed, telling the board that they were legal in their approval and said the checks and balances are part of the invoice and voucher system which all department heads follow to make sure the money is spent properly.