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Wheatfield delays action on farming amendment

WHEATFIELD – Action on a measure that would have officially made farming legal in rural-residential zones – although there have long been many farms operating in such zones – was tabled for two weeks by the Town Board Monday.

Without correcting that omission in the zoning code, a farm in a rural-residential zone that shut down for a year or more could not legally be restarted. Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said that the measure is being revised by planning consultant Andrew C. Reilly to make it clear that the legalization is meant for actual farms.

“A resident might take that wording too literally and start putting chickens or cows in their backyard in a residential area such as in Wildwing,” Cliffe said, referring to one of the town’s more upscale subdivisions. “So he will adjust the wording to make it more clear that this would not be allowed.”

On other topics, the board hired Hoppy’s Tree Service of Pendleton for $14,125 to cut down 27 trees in town rights of way along various roads. The same company received a contract in July to cut down 49 diseased trees near the town Youth Center for $12,500. The board also voted to seek a quote from Lynx Technologies of Grand Island for an upgraded town document management system.

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