Proposed funeral home causes controversy

— Romans said he would look into the traffic concerns and come back to the board with some answers.

Red Barn LLC had approached the board last summer to request a zone change from R-10 to O-2 Office District, looking to possibly build medical offices at the location. That request was denied when area residents balked at the proposal, again citing traffic concerns.

The public hearing was adjourned to 7:41 p.m. May 7.

In other business:

Morelandigans LLC, Jeffrey Ippolito and Mary Jane Ippolito are seeking a special permit for outdoor recreation with both spectators and participants for the existing Sharkey’s property, which sits on the border of the towns of Clay and Salina. The building and other parts of the parcel are in Clay, while part of the parking lot and the entrance are in Salina. The owners would like to add beach volleyball to the property, along with a deck and patio.

Hal Romans, again speaking on behalf of the applicants, said that Clay has the more stringent parking regulations of the two towns, so the applicants chose to adhere to Clay’s. The property will end up with 219 parking spaces. Romans will also be approaching the Salina Town Board for a similar permit.

“Whatever Salina’s doing, I want to do the opposite,” joked town board member Joseph Bick.

“He’s been here a while,” Romans said. “He’s been promoting beach volleyball as something that Sharkey’s does, and he’d like to expand it.”

Beach volleyball courts exist on the Salina side of the property, but Sharkey’s wanted to add more. Romans said he waited until the code in Clay changed so that he could be in compliance with the code before approaching the board.

The board will likely make a decision at the next meeting.

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