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The public can have its say Dec. 16 about a rezoning request in Lancaster that would pave the way for 156 upscale apartments on a section of Broadway, if ultimately approved by town officials.

The Lancaster Town Board set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Dec. 16 on a proposed rezoning to multi-family residential – fourth district, from the current zoning categories of general business and agricultural-residential involving property in the area.

Young Development of Williamsville is asking for the rezoning for that chunk of land, which the town said is eyed for six three-story buildings featuring 156 upscale apartments. The rezoning petition already was approved by the Planning Board.

Town leaders Monday also formally voted to end group health, dental and optical insurance coverage for the town’s two justices. The board noted that the decades-long practice of the town providing the insurance coverage would end as a cost-cutting move.

“This is something I championed four years ago, when the town took away insurance coverage from councilmen,” Councilman Ronald Ruffino said, noting that cost of such coverage has greatly escalated the last several years. “This sort of completes the process.”

Effective Jan. 1, the town justices can participate in health insurance plans offered through the town, but they would need to pay the full premiums. Town justices also will not be entitled to a health insurance buyout payment.

In another matter, the Town Board approved a monthly lease for $550 with Charlene and Clyde Mays Jr. for space at 73 Cemetery Road to store highway equipment from Dec. 1 through next March 31. The town is leasing the 1,250-square-foot bay to house highway equipment it used to store in the town’s former Cole Craft Building, which was recently sold. The lease agreement calls for a $550 month-to-month rental, plus utilities.

Town officials also cleared the way for the eventual planting next year of 400 to 450 new trees on town rights-of-way between sidewalks and streets on town residential streets. The board declared Monday that the 2014 tree planting program would not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

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