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WHEATFIELD – The Town Board voted this week to ask the state Department of Transportation to allow creation of a school speed limit zone around Errick Road Elementary School, where the speed limit is now 35 mph.

The proposed 20-mph speed limit would be in effect for 1,000 feet of Errick Road, 500 feet north and 500 feet south of its intersection with Stieg Road, and also would apply on 500 feet of Stieg Road. The reduced speed limit would be in effect only on days when school is in session.

Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said the idea originated with a sheriff’s deputy who patrols the area. “People are traveling very quickly, and we want to slow that down,” Cliffe said. “We have been told in the past it can’t be done, but I don’t know what those reasons are.”

In another matter, Cliffe said the board won’t decide until next month whether to approve a rezoning request from Ryan Homes for its Wheatfield Lakes patio home subdivision.

An hourlong public hearing Monday featured arguments between two homeowners associations – the overall Wheatfield Lakes association and the one for the patio homes, called the Villas – as well as disputes between Ryan and homeowners over control of greenspace in the subdivision.

The rezoning request seeks to convert what are now 13 patio home lots in a cul-de-sac into four larger home lots, while enlarging other lots to give residents some backyards, which many of them now lack. Town Attorney Robert J. O’Toole said some of the lots in the patio home area of the subdivision are so small that some homeowners can’t have a back stoop without violating a property line.

O’Toole said the zoning proposal also would improve access to some wetlands near the artificial lakes in the project to enable the wetlands to be counted toward the town requirement of 25 percent greenspace in planned unit developments.

On another issue, the board voted to issue a refund to Hoover Dairy for a building inspection fee.

The town charged Hoover $720 last year to inspect a newly erected building. But subsequently, the board passed a package of fee alterations that cut the price for the inspection of a non-occupied agricultural building down to $250. O’Toole said the fee could even be less, depending on the building’s size.

Cliffe said Hoover complained enough for the board to decide to rebate the $470 difference between the two fees.

The board also agreed to advertise for bids for the reconstruction of gutter curbs on Craig Drive. Bids will be opened at the April 14 board meeting, and a contract is to be awarded at the April 28 meeting.

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