Niagara Gazette

January 28, 2014

Wheatfield discusses development plans

by Mia Summerson
Niagara Gazette

The Town of Wheatfield Board met a bit early on Monday for two public hearings regarding the procurement of goods and services and the amendment to the town code pertaining to housing development density. No motions were made and there was little response from the public in either of these matters.

The board also heard from each of the town's departments, starting with Art Kroening from the highway department. There a concern that the town might be running low on rock salt due to boats being unable to travel on frozen water.

"We have supplies for now," Kroening said. "But we better not have more storms like we have been. We're holding up pretty good otherwise." 

Rich Donner of the water/sewer department says the weather has also given him some issues making repairs and providing other services.

Discussion then turned to the Wheatfield Planning Board, represented by Tim Zuber, which has been presented with two sketch plans from developments. The first involved a proposal to rezone the Meadows at Wheatfield.

The development would include 230 residential parcels along with a building that would be used commercially as well as residentially, a restaurant as well as other community features for those who would live there. A motion was approved to set a public hearing on this matter at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Zuber also brought up a proposal to further investigate issues related to the drainage issue at Willow Lake. Televising of the sewage lines was proposes to monitor any blockages that could cause high water levels. The cost of the monitoring system is not to exceed $20,370. The enhancements to the system would not cost more than $15,000. Also suggested was the installment of a low-volume sump pump.

"You have to understand our frustration," said one resident of the flooding in the neighborhood. Another noted that they had been under nearly 18 inches of water.

In response to concerns, Supervisor Robert Cliffe said that the last blockage was caused by something as small as a two-by-four attached to a sand bag in a sewage line. That's why the television monitoring would be useful.

Zuber also notified the board about a proposed site plan modification for an accessory storage tank at the Quasar Facility. A public information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24.

The Wheatfield Town Board will convene again for their next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.