GOWANDA -There are still a few questions unanswered about a proposed building project on Jamestown Street. At a recent village board meeting in regard to the proposed Zoar Valley Clinic moving to the downtown area, the board gave a brief update.
Resident Joe Vogtli asked the village board why it was taking so long to come to a decision. He asked if the board was going to vote on the subject, to which Mayor Heather McKeever replied an update would be given later in the meeting. He researched other municipalities which have planning boards. He said once planning boards pass a recommendation, it is normally passed by the municipal board.
"Once the planning board has it and it has gone to the village board and unless there is unforeseen circumstance, they approve it. They didn't take the extra time ... We're out of the ordinary of what the other villages are doing. I don't say that's right or that's wrong. I don't even see the sense of having a planning board if we're going to go through those projects like that. They don't need it, the village board might as well do it," he said.
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The Gowanda Village Board gave an update on the proposed relocation of the Zoar Valley Clinic downtown in the village. Pictured, from left, are Trustee Paul Zimmermann, Mayor Heather McKeever and Trustee Dale DeCarlo.
Vogtli also brought up the village violating the 45-day notification period. The village, by law, has 45 days to either vote on any project that comes before them.
He said the village has "been way past" that deadline. McKeever explained Code Enforcement Officer Gary Brecker sent a letter to Sam Savarino of Savarino Companies, which was read at the meeting. Brecker, who was not in attendance at the meeting, had concerns about the project.
"Despite (Tim) Greenen (of Savarino)'s representation that I had approved the project for 42 Jamestown Street here in the village, that is not true. I still have not received the certification from a professional engineer that the proposed activity in the floodway will not result in any increase in height of the flood base, the letter stated.
"I also point out the village board and the planning board have asked for two items that have not yet been received. The items include the contract lease and the state and parking lot lease. You have also failed to confirm the absence of any underground tanks since the property has been a gas station at one time. Most importantly the planning board had still not issued their condition of negative SEQR (State Environmen-tal Quality Review) declaration for this project," the letter concluded.
McKeever said the village board will not make a decision until all requested materials are received by the village. She also said the 45-day period allotted by law starts following the completed application. Since materials have not been turned in yet, the application stands as incomplete.
"At this point the village has no decision to make since we don't have all the materials. Until that happens we will not discuss this further and don't see any need for more updates," McKeever said.
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