The year old moratorium on multiple dwellings in Elma was extended another six months after a public hearing at Wednesday’s meetng of the Elma Town Board.
The multiple dwelling committee will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the town hall and the public is welcome to attend.
Town Supervisor Dennis Powers said the committee “after some bumps in the road are confident the next 6 months will be enough to wrap it up – if not, they can extend it another six months.”
No one spoke against the extension and three residents spoke for it, approving what the committee has done so far.
Committee Chairman James Malczewski said the committee had met monthly and for the first 4 to 5 meetings did nothing but gather information. “We were headed in a positive direction and had a draft to pass on to the town Board but there was a few items that needed attention,” he said.
He said the 12 member committee needed to be in full agreement before giving their report to the town board. “We took a look at different areas of town trying to find a fit,” he said. “At the end of the day, what is decided will affect the direction of the town for years to come.”
The vote was 4-0 to extend the moratorium with Councilman Michael Nolan absent because of the death of his father Thomas Nolan.
The Board approved the following motions:
• To seek bids for a 150 horse power pump to replace a 100 Hp pump at the Transit Water Tower and a 250 horse power pump to replace a 150 hp pump at the Jamison Rd. tower. The work will be done during the fall and winter and all should be online by early 2015. The work is necessary to meet the demands of the residents and industry requirements, said Water Superintendent Eugene Stevenson.
• A business use permit for Post Process LLC at 7620 Seneca St.
• Rescinded a Business Use Permit for HyGloss Kustomz II at 8351 Clinton St. due to violations of the permit including no fire inspection, painting of vehicles, outdoor storage, and failure to pay rent and utilities.
• Authorized Powers to sign an agreement with the VFW for $2000 for 2014.
• Authorized the Planning and Zoning boards to continue for another year their training programs at the town hall.
• Passports on the move program to hold the program in an office at the town hall one day in March and one day in April so residents can apply for passports. The exact dates will be released later.
• A request from Disaster Coordinator Ed Sauer to teach a CPR class at a reduced cost to residents at the senior center.and approved a budget of $2715.55 out of the 2014 town budget to purchase supplies and equipment.
• A multi jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan under the guidance of Assistant Disaster Coordinator Mark Kowalski so the town can hone in on sediment and debris removal in 2 areas of Elma which have the potential for flooding from Buffalo Creek. Powers said Douglas Lane, in the area west of Winspear and the Creek Road Park He said the Army Corp of Engineers is an integral part of this.
• The hiring of a part time assistant director at the senior Center and hired Sharon Winkler for 9 hours a week at $10 an hour.