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Clay discusses senior zoning

Bray noted that 62 was the cutoff age for Social Security.

The committee was scheduled to meet again later in the week of Jan. 4. Johnson said the age limit would be discussed further.

The public hearing will be continued at the Jan. 20 meeting.

Brownfield grant

The board also held a public information hearing to advise town residents that it has applied for a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant from the New York State Department of State.

Steve D'Arcangelo of Plumley Engineering helped write the grant application. He spoke before the board about the grant.

"The purpose of this program from the Department of State is to assist municipalities regarding the redevelopment of brownfields," D'Arcangelo said. "A brownfield is defined by the New York State DEC as any area where the redevelopment of that area is either restricted or constrained because of environmental impact."

The town of Clay has 26 miles of riverfront property it is looking to redevelop. Among those lands are about 79 acres along the west end of Maider Road classified as brownfields because of previous industrial activities on the properties.

If the town is awarded money from the program, it can conduct a study that will look at those environmental issues and establish goals for the redevelopment of the area. The grant totals $278,700 and requires a 10 percent match from the town.

"This grant is for more research," D'Arcangelo said. "But it's a step to move us along to finally redeveloping this property."

The grant application can be viewed at townofclay.org.

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