DUNKIRK – Town Planning Board members are eager to move the town’s comprehensive plan forward.
At a meeting of the Town Board on Tuesday in Town Hall, board member Jay Warren said he believes the plan should be on the agenda soon.
The planning board would like to submit a request for proposals from consultants for finalization of the long-range plan for the town.
Planning Board Chairman Vincent Vecchiarella said the Planning Board members have worked on the plan for a year, and he wanted the plan to have a professional consultant for final preparations.
Town Supervisor Richard Purol said the approval of a consultant could be on the agenda for the Town Board’s January meeting.
Councilman Juan Pagan said he read a copy of the plan and thinks it will enhance the town.
“I would like to see this process move forward and be ready for next month,” said Pagan.
Town Attorney Jeff Passafaro recommended a resolution to request proposals from professional consultants. The resolution was approved.
Town Board members agreed to act as the lead agency for a new water district that would include Roberts Road. Residents of that area have had public hearings with the town board members, and they expressed a desire to have public water supplied to their homes.
Board members approved the hiring of a part-time temporary seasonal employee at $12 an hour. Highway Superintendent Richard Butts recommended Don Bifaro of Sheridan for the post. The position starts Jan. 1.
Roberta Keller, executive director of Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., requested a reduction in the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the Arrowhead Apartments. The apartment complex has been paying $6,000 to the town. Keller is requesting a reduction to $3,000.
Purol said there are expenses related to the water, sewer and road maintenance for the apartment complex.
“I do not think the $6,000 is unreasonable,” said Purol.
Board members agreed with the supervisor and decided against granting the reduction.