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2015-12-09 / Front Page

Town Board gives update on Huntley plant, recycling totes

by MARY BEST Editor

Monday night’s Town Board meeting saw three public hearings lead to unanimously approved resolutions on various topics in addition to an update on the potential future of the Huntley plant.

Councilman and Supervisor-elect Joseph Emminger made a passionate statement in response to a public forum Sen. Marc Panepinto held this past week at the Sheridan Parkside building on the energy pumping plant.

“We are still hopeful that [the plant] won’t close,” Emminger said. “We are working together with our state partners and our federal partners to make sure we try to save those 79 jobs that are in jeopardy here.

“We’re going to do everything we can to save those jobs because, and this is important for the public to know, the reliability study that came out indicated that they don’t need [the plant] to operate in order to provide electricity to those of us in this room,” he added. “What they don’t go into detail about is that they’ll get the energy from Pennsylvania and Ontario. They’re going to produce it by fossil fuel, coal-generating plants. They’re going to replace our coal-generation facility up here with dirty power from another state and another country, and we’re going to lose 79 jobs.”

In another matter, the board approved the installation of temporary “No Parking Anytime” signs on the east side of Montrose Avenue between Harrison Avenue and Chalmers Avenue and their eventual removal upon the completion of construction in the area related to the Parker-Fries Interceptor Project. The signs are standard for this type of project and are meant to help slow down traffic in the construction zone.

A performance standards use permit was also approved for Gregory Rollins, owner of Doggone Raw at 402 Vulcan St. in the general industrial district. The business makes dog food frozen fresh, made of completely uncooked, ground USDA inspected, 100 percent. human-edible meat, including muscles, organs and bones, fruits and vegetables.

Rollins said he is the only dog food manufacturer of this kind in the state and one of only three or four in the entire country. Councilman John Bargnesi thanked Rollins for bringing such a rare and different business to Tonawanda.

The board also approved a special use permit for 1564 Parker Blvd. for Heidi Bonderud to use part of her house as a chiropractic office. Bonderud said she would have only two patients every hour so they would be able to park in her driveway, and no vehicles would be parked on the street in front of the house in the “public right of way” dur- ing business hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

Additionally, upon the board’s approval of the purchase of 1,000 garbage totes to replace damaged ones in the town, supplementing the original purchase made 10 years ago, Bargnesi mentioned that recycling totes for town residents could take place in the coming year.

“We had originally hoped for spring, but it’s going to be pushed back just a little bit and we are hoping for midsummer for recycling totes,” he said.

The Town Board will next meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. There will be a public hearing to consider an agreement with the Ellicott Creek Volunteer Fire Company for the furnishing of fire protection in Ellicott Creek Fire Protection District No. 13.

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