CAMBRIA — Neighbors of Niagara County Community College wanted answers from the Town of Cambria Planning Board at Monday’s meeting.

They feel that the school and the board have been ducking the issue and they are concerned with what will happen if the two-year college offers dormitories to 300 students.

Robin Nacca of Townline Road (Route 429) surveyed 500 residents within one mile of the Sanborn campus. There were 144 responses and the conclusion was that dormitories will not be good for the community, that neighbors don’t want dorms in the community and neighbors are concerned about noise, crime and traffic problems — not to mention a tax increase.

“In reality, we have been very diligent about this project,” said Bassam M. Deeb, the NCCC vice president of operations. “We did not go into this blindly. We have been in the planning stages for three years.”

Nacca lives on property that butts up against the NCCC campus. The family moved to Townline Road in 1966, about 10 years before NCCC was opened.

“They’re not good neighbors,” she said. “They used to be good neighbors, but under the regime right now, they are not good neighbors.”

Nacca complained about a tractor-trailer course near their residence. “They leave the tractors idle,” she said. “It makes the noise idling, but it’s the fumes that are so bad.”

The first planning board meeting began at 7 p.m. and gave way to a zoning board meeting that had to delay its 8 p.m. meeting. The second planning board meeting was scheduled for 9 p.m., but was also delayed. Residents waited to be heard.

The meeting ended at 10:30 p.m. and everything was tabled until July 16.

“We want to know, who is going to see that it’s not going to cost the taxpayers more money?” Nacca said. “Who is going to pay for the hidden costs, police, ambulance, traffic? What are the students going to do. There’s no entertainment.”

Why should Niagara County Taxpayers be supplementing other students?

“We’re still a community college to serve the community, especially in the county,” Deeb said. “The residential aspect we are planning is only another component to try to serve that population.”

According to Deeb, NCCC hopes to provide a different kind of a college experience. The school has about 4,800 full-time students and about 80 percent are from Niagara County. That percentage will likely remain the same, at least initially.

“We have found in other community colleges, the first phase usually matches the current makeup of students,” Deeb said. “The predominance of the campus will be a commuter population.”

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