The Elma Town Board has issued separate conditional business use permits to a builder and a businessman in an effort to make sure the applicants adhere to the town codes.
Bryan Young, a businessman who asked for a permit to store recreational vehicles and equipment at 90 Bullis Road, was told he would get a permit providing he complied with 14 conditions.
He has to move a trailer to another location, do no business transactions there, form a drainage district, get the approval of neighbors and improve the site at New Bullis and Transit roads with landscaping. Young agreed to the conditions that must be met by Aug. 1.
Supervisor Dennis Powers asked John Warchocki, a homeowner on New Bullis Road whose home is in an industrial zone, what he thought of the conditions and the business Young was going to continue on that corner.
Warchocki said it was “OK,” considering the other types of businesses that could go there according to the code.
If Young does not comply, the building inspector will revoke the permit. The majority of the board present voted yes, except James Malczewski, who was against giving a business use permit for what he considers a vacant lot.
Warchocki said he hoped Young’s presence there and improvements would jar the rest of the commercial tenants to fix up their sites, too.
The next applicant was Todd Huber of Building Solutions, who was requesting a business use permit for property at 6300 Seneca St. owned by John Anderson Co.
Huber, a contractor, is renovating the building for the company.
He has some construction equipment outside the building, which is located in a commercial zone that prohibits outside storage of construction equipment and materials.
The property owner is replacing a pipeline for National Fuel.
Huber said he didn’t know that he couldn’t store materials outside.
Councilman James Malczewski said it was clearly a violation of the code and made a motion to decline a business use permit for Huber because his materials were already there on site.
Huber offered to do what he could to make it comply and pointed out he only had a short window of opportunity.
Powers said, “If you can work with the building inspector and provide inside storage, you can come back and reapply for a permit later. It’s up to you.”
Huber has been chastised by the board before for getting permits after work has started.
After a discussion and promises from Huber, the board agreed to give Huber an amended permit immediately upon condition that all outside construction materials must be put inside the building within 48 hours or his permit will be revoked.
The board has commended Huber, however, for trying to improve the area on Seneca Street.
In other action, the board approved a business use permit for West Asset Management Recovery, a collection company, to be located at 611 Jamison Road.
The company will employ between 120 and 140 people. It has a five-year lease with a five-year renewal.