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After seven years in the planning stages, the Elma Town Board last week reviewed its first conservation easement application at a board meeting since the board approved the Conservation Easement Law in 2011.

The application came from Daniel Rupp, of Ostrander Road, who is seeking to have 35 acres placed in the town’s new preservation program.

Rupp wants a perpetual conservation easement and has received approval from the town clerk, conservation board, town attorney and assessor.

Conservation easements require parcels to remain undeveloped as green space for the length of the agreement. Rupp agreement is for 95 years.

The only one that did not approve was Building Inspector Joseph Colern, who questions the guidelines.

He was absent from the Sept. 11 meeting.

The board agreed that there was enough information presented to make a decision at the next board meeting Wednesday.

The property has an agricultural exemption, and the cost to individual taxpayers would be 4 cents a year on their school and county taxes, as Elma has no town tax. The conservation easements lead to reduced assessed valuation for properties.

Also, the board discussed stickers for residents at the town transfer station, considering if they should continue to be restricted to two per family. Some residents have four or more trucks and cars.

Empact America representatives Ross Howarth and David Bellavia presented information on an upcoming zombie event to be held in Elma from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12. The indoor event will be at 611 Jamison Road and involve several fire companies participating in water ball or water hockey, Halloween safety, CPR training, blood drive and safety check by sheriff’s deputies.