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TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Niagara Town Board gave a warm reception to the final site plan for the second phase of Tuscarora Village on Thursday.

Not only did the councilmen indicate they were ready to approve the plan for the expansion of the manufactured home community at the July 15 meeting, but they assured George DeGrasa of the development that they would send a letter of support to the state to help ease some sewer restrictions.

According to the discussion, the state Department of Environmental Conservation enacted new rules requiring meters be installed to measure the amount of infiltration into the sewer system from the second phase – even though the entire project was approved years before the new rules. Engineers noted the meters would be unnecessary and very costly.

During the work session, Councilman Marc Carpenter said that the board could send the letter but it had no actual say in what the DEC would decide on the matter. “We can’t control it,” he explained to the developer.

The development, located off of Tuscarora Road, now has about 72 lots for manufactured homes, and the new phase would add another 81. The first phase was completed in 2000, and work on the next phase would begin toward the end of the year.

Councilman Robert Clark noted the addition “makes sense.” He said there was a need for this type of housing in the town since Sabre Park was demolished to make room for the expansion of the Fashion Outlets of Niagara. He complimented the developer for doing “everything they’ve been asked to do” by the town.

In another action, the board approved the $2,280 purchase of computer software for the town clerk to upgrade the tax system for Internet access. Deputy Supervisor and Town Clerk Sylvia Virtuoso said that the system would allow residents and real estate agents to pull up, retrieve and print their own receipts and related property tax documents.

She said the present system requires each request to be handled by staff who must research, copy and mail out the same documents. The purchase would eventually save taxpayers money.

Funding for the upgrade would come from the record management budget, she said.