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Where we live: Lancaster


Town officials got an earful last week from residents upset over a temporary construction access stone drive planned for the proposed Hidden Meadow subdivision which they said would cause safety issues, create dirt and dust and affect their quality of life.

The town has not yet approved the access road, which it has indicated it wants the developer to build on town property by Old Post and Partridge Walk. But the road - with stipulations being crafted - could potentially be in place for a few years, subdivision gets built in phases.

Hidden Meadow is an 88-home subdivision being developed by Forbes Capretto on a landlocked parcel between two existing subdivisions, The Meadows and CountrySide. So far, the town has formally approved the first phase for 30 homes.

One resident complained to the town that existing drainage problems would escalate and it would amount to a road in his backyard. He asked the town to push the developer to pursue alternative access roads. Town officials, however, do not want to have the developer direct construction vehicles to cut through the existing subdivisions’ roads.

Another resident, who lives on Aurora Street, said dust and dirt will result in an area with no road shoulders that will create safety issues.

“We’re not happy about it,” said Bill Tuyn, vice president of development and diversification for Forbes Capretto. “We don’t want to be building a temporary driveway that’s not cheap to build and then bear the cost to remove the road.”

Eventually, the land will be restored and never used again, he said.

Tuyn said the developer will try to remove as few trees as possible on the town property to construct its access road, which Councilwoman Donna Stempniak said could be in place for up to five years.

“One way or another, someone will be upset because they’ll have vehicles going past them,” Tuyn said. “We’re just really trying to do what the town wants within reason, but to be sensitive to neighbors. Each time a phase is constructed, vehicles will be driven through for three phases.”

This week:

An event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, , at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway. The fundraiser will feature a Zumbathon, basket auction, refreshments and live music. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

For more information, call Karen Overhoff at 681-2255 or Janis Graham at 380-5897.

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in a regular session in council chambers of the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

• The Town Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• The Village Planning Commission meets at 7p.m. Thursday in council chambers of the Municipal Buiding.