Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Front Page

Town SEQR, work sessions will now be audio recorded


The Lancaster Town Board took a step toward increasing transparency at Monday night’s meeting.

Members approved a resolution, introduced by Councilman Ron Ruffino, that will require all State Environmental Quality Review meetings and work sessions to be recorded on audio, just as meetings of the Town, Planning and Zoning boards already are.

(See editorial on page four)

The process by which residents can listen to the recorded meetings is also changing. For a number of years, all meetings of the Town, Planning and Zoning boards have been recorded and stored in the Town Clerk’s Office. Residents could go to the office during its hours of operation and either listen to the recording there or use a jump drive to save a file of it for themselves.

That will change, as the meetings will now be available for online listening on the town’s official website. The board OK’d a resolution to approve an estimate by Technet Task Group, not to exceed $450, to assist the town in the design, implementation and training of a town employee to upload the records of all town meetings to an online platform.

In another matter, the board approved two measures that will clear the way for Joseph David of Angry Buffalo Sports Garden Arena to build a flag football arena on Wehrle Drive.

The first measure changed the zoning map to combine the properties at 2753, 2757, 2761 and 00 Wehrle Drive into one parcel. Also, the area was changed from a Residential Commercial Office District to a General Business District.

The second measure approved the site plan prepared by Metzger Civil Engineering and stated that the town had completed an environmental review of the area.

Board members also approved some construction projects after completing environmental reviews. Giorgio’s Limousine Service, at 5464 Genesee St., will build a three-bay garage at its existing location. The Buffalo Vascular Center, at 6337 Transit Road, will put an addition on its parking lot and a driveway to Rehm Road.

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