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The battle continues in Madison

The battle continues

Citizen group files legal challenge to Madison Marketplace

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

When Ed Dinski and his neighbors on English Avenue felt they were being overlooked by the Sphere Company in their plans to build Madison Marketplace in the town of Madison on Route 12B, they formed a group.

"The Madison Planning Board has had public meetings without questions and answers, no give and take," Dinski said.

The group that Dinski helped form is the Madison County Citizens for Responsible Development. He is the president. This neighborly gang of concerned citizens have been actively organizing and working since January to ensure that all potential environmental impacts of the proposed Madison Marketplace development are investigated in a full and thorough manner. They have now announced that they have filed a legal challenge to the May 15 decision by the Madison Planning Board approving the strip mall at the corner of Route 12B and Airport Road.

"As we have said all along, we are not opposed to any type of development in the Village of Madison or throughout the county," Dinski said. "However, we believe that the site chosen for this project, directly above the aquifer that dozens of families rely on for drinking water, is wholly and completely irresponsible and impractical. For months we pleaded our case to the Madison Planning Board, but ultimately our voices fell on deaf ears. Now we are faced with no other choice but to ask the court to overturn the planning board's decision and stop this project."

Dinski lives in one of 28 homes in a housing development on English Avenue in the town of Madison. The development is between the proposed building site and the village of Hamilton.

"We had hoped that the planning board would consider the possible impacts of building a strip mall on this land, but since they did not, we believe the safety and security of our families and quality of life require us to take this next step," Dinski said.

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