Questions about recreational vehicle parking and federal grant money took center stage at a meeting of the Elma Town Board this week.
Board members discussed the monies that the town received in 2008 – a $100,000 grant – to alleviate drainage problems and repair the roadways on portions of New Bullis Road, as well as South Blossom and Transit roads.
Supervisor Dennis Powers reported that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has changed some rules related to the use of the federal money.
But, Powers said, the federal department is dealing with Erie County on the matter, not Elma.
“Elma was never in jeopardy of having to refund the money,” said Powers.
Town Councilman Michael Nolan said that the town’s project “met the threshold for HUD at the time.”
Nolan said it sounded to him like HUD had “changed the rules” after the fact.
In other business, the board considered questions raised by one resident about recreational vehicles parked at a site owned by Young Development at 90 Bullis Road.
John Warchocki, a New Bullis Road resident, asked about the possibility of propane tanks in the vehicles.
Warchocki said he wanted to know which board, the Town Board or Planning Board, was in charge of setting restrictions on the site.
Powers answered that both boards can set limits. The Town Board issued a preliminary use permit for the New Bullis Road site at the meeting this week.
According to officials, Young is scheduled to appear before the Planning Board on March 19 to discuss a site plan.
The Town Board will have the final decision on a regular business use permit.
The Town Board also:
• Renewed an agreement with the Town of Lancaster to allow Lancaster to use 15 hydrants in the Hall Road and Transit Road areas, if needed, for fire protection. Lancaster will pay the Town of Elma $161 per hydrant for a 5-year period.
• Issued a business use permit to Tim Delaney, the new owner of the Elma Liquor Store on Bowen Road in the town. The current business use permit was rescinded from former owner Walter Dryden. Nolan said the town would remember the Drydens with appreciation for their contributions to the town.