ADVERTISEMENT

The Elma Town Board on Wednesday approved a business-use permit for the American Kenpo Karate Institute at 2322 Bowen Road.

The business, which will be staffed by three employees, offers karate lessons from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Bowen Road site is the second opening for the business, which also is located in Cheektowaga.

In a related matter, the board moved to approve a negative declaration for a short-form state environmental quality review for the business.

In other matters:

• The board tabled Erie County’s Intermunicipal Highway Shared Services Agreement at the request of Town Attorney Phyllis Todoro.

The agreement, received from the Association of Highway Superintendents, includes regulations among towns for labor, equipment, tools and services. Todoro said she needs more time to review the document.

• The board also amended minutes from Nov. 20 board meeting approving an agreement with NYSEG to build a tower at Creek and Stolle roads.

A demolition bond originally approved for $42,000 should have been listed at $63,000, said official, who noted the issue was brought to the board’s attention by NYSEG attorney Joshua Silver.

• Building Inspector Joseph Colern said that during November, the town department issued 16 permits with fees of 4,863.98 on an estimated construction value of $631,625.

From January to November, the department has issued permits for 30 single homes, 13 patio homes and five duplexes.

• Board member Michael Nolan said the 2014 budget would be posted on the town website by Jan. 1.

He made the announcement in response to a query from Deanna Filipski, president of the Pondbrook Association.

• The town tree-lighting ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Village Green Park and Historical Society, Bowen Road.