Town Planning Board & STW Meeting

Board Discusses Tim Horton’s
Town Planning Board Questions if New Building Meets Previously-Acquired Permits
By Sharon Turano

 

   Ellicottville Town Planners anticipate new construction for Tim Horton’s will meet permits granted for the old building where it was originally expected on Route 219.

   During a Monday Town Planning Board meeting, board members questioned if a new building expected to be constructed for the business met the previously-acquired permits that were granted when plans called for reuse of an older building.

   Planner Carol Horowitz explained that Tim Horton’s conducted a structural analysis on the existing building, which led Tim Horton’s staffers to believe a building on the site where their business will sit could accommodate their plans. However as detailed construction plans were developed, they determined that there were issues involved in the reuse of the building.  The new building remains within the footprint of the previous one and will be identical in appearance, Mrs. Horowitz said, so it will meet the previously acquired permit.

   Also during the meeting, planners approved a special use permit for Pat Burke for a 575 square-foot apartment to be built on his Witch Hollow Road garage as long as access easement and maintenance paperwork is filed and the house and apartment have the same owners.

   Mrs. Horowitz also reported 17 new application forms including building permits, flood plain paperwork and more will be updated to the town’s website instead of just having paper versions available.

Proposed Building on Route 219.

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STW: Project Updates
Village Casino, Broadband Internet & Promoting Local Foods
By Nicholas Pircio
WPIG, 95.7 FM

 

   Ongoing projects were updated during the May 16th meeting of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board.  Among them are redoing the Village Casino Restaurant in Bemus Point, the expansion of broadband internet service, and the effort to promote locally grown foods in schools and restaurants.

Bemus Point Village Casino

   The Bemus Point project is awaiting approval of monies from a publicly funded grant.  An application has been submitted toward the total estimated cost of $466,710.  In his Executive Director’s report to the Southern Tier board, Richard Zink stated that the project is being reviewed by the New York State Office of Community Renewal, to determine the eligibility of the project before the complete list is returned to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, to determine the rankings for funding priority.  The work involves renovating the  Village Casino Restaurant inside and out, with the goal being to make the second floor usable to the general public, and increase the building’s economic impact. 

Broadband Internet Access

   As for broadband internet service in areas currently underserved, Zink met with DFT Communications concerning the tower locations that will be utilized with the latest round of funding from New York State.  Zink stated, “They (DFT) are looking at several locations across Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties and plan to have the viewsheds (broadband coverage areas) completed within the next two weeks. Once the maps are received, the staff, DFT and the counties will decide on the best locations to build out.”  Tower locations have been discussed for Arkwright, Gowanda, Little Valley, and the Town of Allegany.  The goal is to have the broadband transmitters functioning this calendar year.

Local Foods

   Kimberly LaMendola, Regional Development Coordinator for Southern Tier West, gave a presentation to the planning board on the local foods project, focusing on the effort to provide eligible schools with locally grown foods.   She explained that according to the informal definition as applied to western New York, local foods are those grown in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Niagara Counties. “Our intent is to have all people regardless of socio-economic status to have access to fresh, local, healthy foods at affordable prices.” 

   LaMendola says that in bringing locally grown foods to school children, it is important to re-establish linkages between schools and farms that used to exist decades ago.  She notes that because of the way agriculture has evolved into big business nationwide, food can be moved thousands of miles from its sources, such as tomatoes grown year-round in California and Florida.  “We’ve really lost our diversity in our connection between the farms and the schools.” 

   The local foods project must cope with stringent nutritional guidelines followed by schools.  “We are trying to get some use of some local products in school meal programs, so that kids have exposure to new taste profiles. And then hopefully, they will go home and talk to the people who live in their house, ‘Hey I had this green stuff on my tray today, but it was really good!” LaMendola gave an example of butternut squash soup as something the children might like, along with vegetables and whole grain bread.  She feels that incorporating local foods into school lunches will help tackle the problem of child obesity.