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Lenox development on hold

An apartment development planned for Cemetery Road just behind the New Yorker Apartments on Route 5 in Lenox will have to wait until the village and town come to an agreement on sewer charges. The Cemetery Road project is extension one of sewer district number eight.

John A. Patane, who was representing the development agency and other investors, attended the town board meeting March 12 to ask the board how long before he will receive the OK to continue with plans.

Town Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said he spoke with Mayor Todd Rouse, and the town and village want a municipal agreement before they move forward.

"We will keep you up to date so you know we are working on it," DiVeronica said. "We are working hard to get this thing resolved."

At the March 19 village board meeting, Rouse said the village plans to schedule a public hearing to decide how sewer charges will be billed to residents. He said the charges may be based on units, a unit being a single family home.

The agreement with the village and town may result in charges per hook up or it might be a sewer charge per unit, DiVeronica said.

"Any idea of a time frame?" Patane asked.

"John, we've been working on this," DiVeronica said. "I will keep you guys posted."

Patane asked the board if the village was concerned about issues on payments form previous years or what are the current expenses were going to be.

"Are they still looking back over the years?" Patane asked.

"We are going to start with page one," DiVeronica said. "We are going to bring all the districts in."

Patane asked if there was some way the town could work out an agreement with the village where they wouldn't have to get involved in hook up charges.

"We have to have an agreement with the village," DiVeronica said. "We've got to look at all the options where it is beneficial to the town and the village. We are headed in the right direction."

DiVeronica also said the board was working on some additional funding for the sewer extension to help with costs.

The Lenox board will meet again April 9 at 7 p.m.

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