KRYCIA, JR.-COUNCILMAN (Deputy Supervisor)
Hultquist-Town Clerk (Absent)
Walker-Deputy Town Clerk
Anna Knack-Administrative Assistant
Call To Order:
Supervisor Krycia called the Work Session of the Eden Town Board to order at
Pledge of Allegiance:
Supervisor Krycia led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag
followed by a moment of silence.
Supervisor Krycia added one item to the agenda under “New and Unfinished
Business” regarding “1.) Appointments” to add “Part-time
Secretary to the Supervisor and Building Inspector”.
New and Unfinished Business:
1.) Appointments: a) Part-time
secretary to the Supervisor and Building Inspector
b) Historic Review Board
Secretary to the Supervisor and Building Inspector
Supervisor Krycia stated that Kathleen McCarthy who worked a total of 19 hours;
14 hours in the Supervisor’s office and 5 hours in the Building Inspector’s
office at a rate of $8.30 per hour, had resigned and went on to new fulltime
employment.Deputy Supervisor Krycia
stated that there is a need to fill the vacant position.Eight applications were received, five were
offered interviews and four were then interviewed and the job was offered to
Catherine Ann Swiech who has accepted.With an appointment tonight by the Town Board, Catherine Ann Swiech
would begin June 4, 2001 at
a rate of $8.30 per hour for 19 hours a week.
MOTION was made by Councilman Zittel to appoint
Catherine Ann Swiech as Part-time Secretary to the Supervisor and Building
Inspector; seconded by Councilman Vacco; All – “Ayes”; Opposed? – None;
Abstain? – None; Motion carried.
Krycia stated that there were two appointments to the Historic Review Board,
the reappointment of Jane Clemens for another two-year term and Robert Law to
be appointed Chairman of the Historic Review Board.Mr. Law is a current member of the board and
is filling the vacancy left by Robert Stievater as Chairman.
MOTION was made by Councilwoman Pew to reappoint Jane
Clemens for another two-year term to the Historic Review Board and to appoint
Robert Law Chairman; seconded by Councilman Zittel; All – “Ayes”; Opposed? –
None; Abstain? – None; Motion carried.
2.) Correspondence from Nextel requesting a Special Use
Permit for construction of a
telecommunications tower at 8174
N. Main Street, Eden
Supervisor Krycia stated that correspondence was received from Nextel
requesting a Special Use Permit for construction of a 195’ guyed communications
tower with a 10’ x 10’ equipment building at its base, located on 400’ x 400’
leased property, approximately 1400’ west of North
Main Street on a 100 acre parcel owned by Anne
Weidner.The facility would be used to
provide Nextel wireless service to residents and the traveling public in and
around the Town of Eden.A copy of the correspondence is on file in
the Town Clerk’s office.
Krycia stated that Gerry Brophy representing Nextel was present to make a brief
presentation regarding the request.Mr.
Brophy began his presentation with a brief overview of “Nextel Partners, Inc.”
and what their intent is for a tower in Eden
and why they chose the location on Anne Weidner’s property.Mr. Brophy explained that studies to use
existing towers in Eden were done
and for various reasons they were unacceptable.Nextel also looked at the location on the East
Church Street water tank property and after
testing was done the results showed that there would be interferences with Buffalo.Mr. Brophy went on to explain that Nextel
selected the location of the proposed facility in order to:
impact on the community schools, stores and residences and help insure
compatibility with existing land uses by providing distance between
populations and the facility.
aesthetic impact by location in an area (near a railroad track and
existing mill) where topography and natural foliage cause screening of the
visual impact by use of a guyed tower, which reduces the visibility of the
tower to a minimum.
Mr. Brophy displayed a site plan for
the Town Board members and the audience.
Mr. Brophy’s presentation, he answered questions of the Town Board regarding
the preliminary checks with the FAA regarding whether or not a light would be
needed on top of the tower.Mr. Brophy
felt that the tower might not need the light.Councilman Vacco asked, “What was the lease agreement of the
tower?”Mr. Brophy explained that it was
a 30-year lease in 5-year terms and that it is transferable if Mrs. Weidner
sold her property.Councilman Vacco also
asked about the use of the existing tower on Shadagee
Brophy stated that the tower is non-usable and Nextel has the documentation of
engineers regarding the studies done on the existing towers in Eden.
presentation and brief discussion the request was referred to the Planning
Board and Technology Committee for review.
MOTION was made by Councilwoman Pew to refer the
request of a Special Use Permit from Nextel for the construction of a
telecommunications tower at 8174 N. Main Street to the Eden Planning Board and
Technology Committee for review in a joint session; seconded by Councilman
Zittel; All – “Ayes”; Opposed? – None; Abstain? – None; Motion carried.
3.) Natural Resource Working Group
– Discussion with Darlene Vogel
Supervisor Krycia stated that this is part of the Town of Eden
Agricultural Development and Farmland Protection
program, which is part of the Town Eden Master Plan.Deputy Supervisor Krycia turned to Darlene
Vogel, Agricultural Specialist who gave a brief presentation of the proposed
activities pertaining to Agricultural Development and Farmland Protection.As part of the Town Eden Master Plan it was
suggested that the local community would need to be educated regarding
agriculture in the community and the preservation of farmland.Ms. Vogel explained the proposed activities
of “Community Agricultural Education” and Farmland Protection”.Community Agricultural Education would be to
develop a message and content, and select the medium for agricultural education
directed to the local community.A work
group would determine the scope of the message or messages, general content,
and means of delivering the information, then the assembly of a community focus
group for testing the presentation of the message or messages and
materials.Lastly, obtain cost estimates
for the development and production of the product or materials.The estimated cost of development would be
Vogel continued her presentation regarding “Farmland Preservation” stating that
she would facilitate the organization of farmland protection program for the
establishment of conservation easements, purchased and term enrollments, on
agricultural production and agricultural related support lands.Education sessions would be conducted for the
purpose of reviewing the components of agricultural conservation easement and
purchase of development rights programs that would accommodate the existence of
the TDR ordinance.Then propose the
distribution of responsibilities and investment by the Town, the landowners,
and other parties such as a land trust.The next step would be to assess landowner and farmer interest in
participation in the available of program types.Then propose a procedure for accommodating
farmer and landowner program enrollment and lastly propose the prioritization
of agricultural land areas for preservation.Ms. Vogel stated that this approach makes a firm distinction between
agricultural land preservation and the more general preservation of open space.
The estimated facilitation cost would be $2,000.00.A copy of Ms. Vogel’s proposal is on file in
the Town Clerk’s office.
Ms. Vogel’s presentation members of the Town Board asked questions.
Councilman Vacco asked, “What is the
advantage to the farmer?Ms. Vogel
replied that it gives farmers options for preserving their farmland.Councilman Zittel asked for clarification of
how these activities would be funded.Councilman Zittel stated that it was his understanding; after speaking
with Supervisor Nellis that the monies would be funded by grant monies.Ms. Vogel replied that it would be County
funded; County funds would support the cost of about $7, 000.00.
Supervisor Krycia stated that he was pleased to see the prioritization of
agricultural land areas for preservation if you don’t know what you want to
preserve you need to have the information. Lastly Councilman Zittel supported
moving forward with the study.
MOTION was made by Councilman
Zittel to hire Darlene Vogel to do study at an estimated cost of $3,000.00
pending grant; seconded by Councilwoman Pew.Councilwoman Pew also thanked Darlene Vogel, the Conservation Board,
Agricultural Committee and Economic Committee for the hard work that they
did.Councilwoman Pew felt that a lot of
good results would come from the work that was done by Darlene Vogel and the
Committees. The Motion was then put to
vote; All – “Ayes”; Opposed? – None; Abstain? – None; Motion carried.
Zittel asked Ms. Vogel “What the time Schedule was like and how long would it
take?”Ms. Vogel replied that it would
start as soon as possible in about thirty days and would take maybe a couple of
4.) Community Value Landscape
Study by Kristin Spahn
Mantione, Chairman of the Eden Conservation Advisory Board explained that
Kristin Spahn is an intern with the Western New York Land Conservancy and she
is in her fourth year of a five-year program in landscape architect.Ms. Spahn is a student at SUNY Environmental
Science and ForestrySchool
in Syracuse, New York.Mr. Mantione reported that Ms. Spahn was in
attendance to present a proposal regarding a landscape study to be done in the
Town of Eden.
Spahn began with what her study would consist of that is asking community
members how they view their landscape of the town and to look at land
management and development strategies.Through analysis of the community views Ms. Spahn would look at possible
strategies that could be taken for grant management and how their value could
work for the Town.Ms. Spahn study is at
no cost to the Town, however would provide the Town with information on what
landscapes the residents value and do not value.
Ms. Spahn’s presentation Councilwoman Pew asked how the survey would be
done.Ms. Spahn replied that she would
be attending functions and group meetings to get the survey out to people.Councilman Vacco asked, “How many people does
she want to deal with and is this just study information?”Ms. Spahn replied that not only is it for
study information for her, but information she can provide the town with
regarding what landscapes residents value and do not value.Councilman Zittel asked if she would be
working through the Conservation Advisory Board.Mr. Mantione answered that there is already a
follow-up meeting with Ms. Spahn and to give her the right contacts to point
her in the right direction.Councilman
Zittel thanked Ms. Spahn for coming to the Town Board and advising the Town of
Supervisor Krycia felt that it was a worth while endeavor and that possibly the
Town would benefit from the study. Darlene Vogel, Agricultural Specialist also
expressed her feelings that this is a good time to be looking at various
landscapes throughout the Town.Ms.
Spahn stated that her report would be completed by August 17, 2001.
5.) West Hill Grill in East
Vacco stated that the West Hill Grill in East Eden is
requesting from the Town a letter of support to send along with their liquor
license application stating that they have met the local requirements when they
built a porch to serve food and beverages outside.Deputy Supervisor Krycia stated that with the
absence of Supervisor Nellis we should review that all Local Codes were met
before sending such a letter.
Supervisor Krycia read a letter that Supervisor Nellis has sent to Brian
Rowback, Regional Director of the New York State Department of Transportation
regarding the traffic light to be installed at Route 62, Welch
Lane and Schoolview Drive.The letter expressed the need of the traffic
light for just recently another accident occurred at the intersection and a
woman was taken to the hospital.A copy
of the letter is on file in the Town Clerk’s office.
Hearing of Visitors:
Smutz of 3094 East Church Street
MOTION was made by Councilwoman Pew to adjourn the
Work Session of the Eden Town Board; seconded by Councilman Zittel; All –
“Ayes”; Opposed? – None; Abstain? – None; Motion carried.
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