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Wheatfield borrows $600,000 for sewer work

WHEATFIELD – The Wheatfield Town Board voted Monday to borrow $600,000 to replace two 40-year-old sewer system components: $375,000 for a new pump station on Jagow Road and $225,000 for an emergency generator building on Clescent Drive.

The bond issues are to be repaid in 20 or 25 years, Budget Director Edward D. Mongold said. Contracts for the work are expected to be awarded in August.

Also approved Monday was the rezoning of three parcels on Cayuga Drive Extension from residential to commercial. Two are vacant, but one lot is the home of the former Justin Tyme Restaurant, which was allowed to operate in a residential zone because its presence predated the zoning ordinance.

However, that right lapsed because the property has been vacant for more than a year, so owner J. Ronald Cicero needed a rezoning to be able to sell the property. Cicero said he has no buyer lined up, but commercial zoning “would give us a better chance (to sell).”

Adjoining property owner James Devantier said he’d like to have his two-acre vacant lot zoned commercial, too, but Town Attorney Matthew E. Brooks said he has to go through the same application process Cicero did.

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