Clay schedules numerous public hearings for June 7

The June 7 Clay Town Board meeting is shaping up to be a busy one.

At its May 17 meeting, the board approved the scheduling of no less than eight public hearings. At public hearings, applicants for zone changes, special permits, creations of special districts and more present their cases to the board. The board asks questions of the applicants and may make comments regarding their thoughts on the proposals, though no decision is typically made until the meeting after the public hearing has been closed. The public then has the opportunity to question the applicant and inform the board of their feelings on the projects being considered.

Among the public hearings on the June 7 agenda is a controversial request for a zone change on three and a half acres of land on Buckley Road across from Waxwood Circle. Red Barn Country LLC is asking the board to change the zoning from R-10 One-Family Residential District, which allows for the construction of one-family homes, to O-2 Office District to allow for the construction of a medical office building. Residents of Waxwood Circle and the surrounding areas have objected to the proposal at previous town planning board meetings, citing excessive traffic as well as the proliferation of office buildings in existence in the area. That hearing is scheduled to take place at 7:56 p.m.

Other public hearings involve the construction of a drive-through at Panera Bread on Route 31, a special permit to operate a U-Haul facility on Henry Clay Boulevard, the construction and acquisition of sewer, drainage, water supply and lighting districts for the Inverness Gardens project on Taft Road by Wegmans and a special permit for the expansion of a National Grid substation on Ver Plank Road.

In other business:

The town board passed a resolution honoring Moyers Corners Fire Department Battalion Chief Stephen Zaferakis and Deputy Chief E.J. Stevens for their efforts in a rescue operation after a serious accident March 28 at Oswego Road and Provo Drive.

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