"The aquifer investigation will be a priority," Van Epps said. "Traffic is well within the state requirements."
Van Epps cited reports contending there would be no significant impact on water, traffic or services. They do not plan a traffic light but merely two deceleration lanes for the two curb cuts.
"We view CPF as our first watchdog before approaching the board's scrutiny," Van Epps said. "I don't know any other way of doing this."
Many of the 150 or so people attending voiced their disagreement with Pioneer's plans and the annexation. For some, the Enders property, on the National Register, was a bone of contention. Others wanted to know why this plan is different than WalMart moving in. Some suggested the town buy the property and keep it forever green with the Enders house intact.
After two and a half hours, the public hearing was not closed but adjourned until Tuesday Nov. 21. Concerned citizens were then able to air their opinions by letter to both the town and village clerks. If annexed, Pioneer would then seek a change of zoning for at least 25 acres. Currently, the land is zoned residential only.