by Susan Mikula Campbell
Wegmans' plans to hold an "American Classic" outdoor entertainment event on June 18 hit a stumbling block on Tuesday when the Town of Niagara Town Board denied its permit application.
Supervisor Steve Richards said the Town Board had some concerns about the site and traffic - "that's a busy plaza" - and decided to delay approval when no representative of Wegmans attended the board's work sessions this month or Tuesday's meeting. "We could approve it if they address our concerns," he said.
Wegmans plans to close the small parking lot on the south side of its building at 1577 Military Road, where it wants to set up a large tent to sell barbecue meals, an entertainment stage and an old-fashioned car show. The event is planned for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In other matters:
•The request of Beverly Lewis of Lewis Artique to hold an outdoor art festival at its rental location, 8505 Packard Road (at Haseley Drive), was approved. "Meet the Artist" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 12.
•A final site plan for a new Tim Hortons restaurant to be located on a currently vacant lot at 4835 Military Road (corner of Route 31) was approved. Also approved was the final site plan of Secure Storage at 1755 Fashion Outlet Blvd.
•The board for the second time tabled junkyard renewal licenses for Satarian Auto Parts, 4250 Witmer Road, and Airport Auto, 4401 Hyde Park Blvd. Also tabled were special use permits for new and used auto sales for Satarian as well as Halleen's Wholesale, 3201 Military Road. Richards said the businesses either were not conforming to town law or hadn't paid their taxes.
"We're giving them an opportunity to come into compliance," Richards said. "I think the Town Board would be hard pressed to extend it another month."
The special use permit for Garlock's Auto, 2360 Maryland Ave., did win board approval.
•The board agreed to demolish a condemned building at 3851 Hyde Park Blvd. The vacant building at the corner of Witmer Road was hit by a car on March 17.
•The board approved summer hours of 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the town's Water and Sewer Department.
•The board approved a $2,717.12 payment to Schmidt's Collision for emergency repairs to one of the town's police cars. Richards said the car had been in an accident in April and the cost of repair was covered by insurance, except for a $500 deductible.
•The board approved a 90-day leave of absence for military deployment of town Police Officer Gary Beaty. In his closing remarks, Councilman Charles Teixeira asked town residents to "keep Officer Beaty in your prayers as he goes back overseas."
•Teixeira also congratulated the owners of the recently reopened Whistle Pig and Leon's restaurants. "It's nice to see cars at these places every day," he said.