John Braddell, of Lakeside Sod, has requested letters of support from the Town Board and the Clarence Industrial Development Agency. The Town Board authorized such a letter last week; the Clarence IDA meets later this month.
In 2006, the Town Board granted development plan approval for Lakeside Industrial Business Park – south of County and west of Goodrich – but Braddell did not develop it then. Hartzell said Braddell recently told him the project was “back on the front burner” and asked for the letters of support, to help him obtain financing for it.
Hartzell said he welcomes a business park to help attract companies to the town that might otherwise locate elsewhere. The Lakeside site has an industrial zoning classification. While the property is not sewered, Hartzell said “it will be sewered in the future. It’s just a question of when, because there’s a trunk line that runs by there which he can tap into.”
Also this week:
• The Clarence Lions Club’s pancake breakfast fund-raiser is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the High School cafeteria, 9625 Main St.
• A Clarence Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Clarence Public Library. Jan Owczarczak and Liz Warren of Employer Services Corp. will present, “Creating a Culture of High Performances and HR Best Practices: What Every Employer Needs to Know.” The meeting is open to the public. RSVP to the Chamber at 631-3888.
• The School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Middle School, 10150 Greiner Road.
• The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.
• The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, following a 6:30 p.m. work session.
• Three young pianists, including 13-year-old Jarod Yap of Clarence, were scheduled to play at Carneige Hall on Feb. 9. All three are students of Mary Handley and received the highest marks in their Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. The other two students are Suzie Lee and Leela Fernando, both of Amherst.
• Prospective School Board candidates can pick up a packet at the district office, adjacent to the High School. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and a district resident for at least one year prior to the May 21 vote. Nominating petitions must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on April 22, and contain signatures and addresses of at least 41 qualified voters. Two seats are up for election. Call 407-9013 for details.