The Wales Town Board will set a date at its Feb. 12 meeting for a referendum on extending the time members of the Wales Center Fire Company can accrue benefits.
Currently firefighters can work as long as they like, but benefits are capped at age 65.
Residents of the district will vote on allowing members to earn benefits after age 65 until they reach their 20-year service mark.
It would allow firefighters who joined the fire company at an older age more time to collect their benefits.
The firefighters had hoped to get the referendum on the November 2012 ballot, but it was delayed while the town attorney and fire company officials reviewed it.
Supervisor Ricky Venditti said the board is still waiting to hear from the Zoning Board of Appeals about whether it will revisit its vote to approve a variance for Auctions International developer and owner Russ Scherrer. The board reasoned that Scherrer was not open about the information he submitted to the Zoning Board regarding his request for a variance.
Venditti and Councilwoman Jude Hartrich said they were unaware members of the Town Board could speak out at the Zoning Board meeting.
“If we had, we could have shared more information with the ZBA than Scherrer gave them.” Instead, she said, “I sat there and had to bite my lip.”
Scherrer is seeking an amendment to his special use permit for new buildings on his site on Route 20A, the former Foss Auction Barns. Scherrer said neither he nor his architect was aware that porches, basements and overhangs were to be included when figuring the square footage for additional buildings he wanted. As a result his plans were over the 50,000 square feet allowed by state and town codes.
In early December, the Town Board directed Town Attorney Ronald Bennett to do what is necessary – including a lawsuit against its own Zoning Board – to have the matter resolved.
In another matter, Venditti said he and some town officials were “blindsided” by requests from two residents at the December meeting for specifications for mufflers installed at the compressor station on Reiter Road, built and designed by Vanec of Orchard Park.
Dorothy Carlone said the permit with National Fuel to build the compressor station was based on a promise from the utility to install the mufflers. She wants the specs.
Venditti said she should contact Code Enforcement Officer Walter Raichel, who will contact National Fuel for the information.
Another request referred to the Yellow Goose mini-mart at the corner of Two Rod Road and Route 20A. Venditti said residents have plenty of time to call him or other officials all week on their cellphones to ask questions. “This would give us time to do some research prior to the meetings,” he said.
Councilman Donald Butcher will contact Time Warner Cable about doing a survey for possible expansion of services. He said that in today’s world, “it is more of a need than a want.”
The board will vote on spending $665.50 for an annual software update from Williamson Law Book Co. at its next meeting.