by Terry Duffy
The Town of Lewiston Town Board saw a relatively quiet December, with a work session and final audit being the meetings of note for the month.
Major news saw movement on a new recreational/senior center being eyed for the Lewiston-Porter School District campus on Creek Road. The Lewiston-Porter Board of Education approved a letter of intent at its December meeting to enable expected sale of the property. It set a land purchase price of $5,000 per acre for the land that fronts Lewiston-Porter High School on Creek Road. The town will likely be visiting this matter at its January regular session, set for Monday, Jan. 28. (Find details of the proposed center online at www.wnypapers.com).
As the Town Board moves into January, on the schedule is a reorganization meeting Monday, which will see a number of procedural items put in place as Lewiston prepares to do business in 2013, and a work session.
As noted, the board will also meet on Monday, Jan. 28, for its regular monthly session. That night, further action is expected on the recreation center complex, and also on a lingering issue that became a discussion item at the board's Dec. 10 work session, that of finalizing the town's zoning law. Last month, attendees voiced concerns to the board that the zoning law updates, a months-long project undertaken by Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers PC, was still not on the Town of Lewiston website. Residents Paulette Glasgow, Amy Witryol and others urged the Town Board to postpone any action on the matter until residents could examine the law. The two also requested the board examine further any zoning changes covering regulatory issues at the Lake Ontario Ordinance Works site where they felt town zoning changes could impact future activities at LOOW, including CWM operations.
On their concerns, council members Al Bax and Ernie Palmer both said the zoning updates had been covered at length by Wendel representatives throughout the year. Palmer said at some point that zoning "needs to be wrapped up," while Bax said the town came "up with a good plan" on the zoning update. Town Attorney Mike Dowd said the zoning law updates, procedures of which were approved by the town last April, had been available in map form "for many months" at Town Hall.
Any LOOW site concerns, Supervisor Steve Reiter dismissed, saying that CWM's property was not within the Town of Lewiston proper to begin with and that the zoning amendments would have no impact
It was not revealed however where the map updates could be found online. The town's website, which is months along in the process of a complete revamping, is very far from complete and contains no links to any maps. And searches of Lewiston's October 2012 updated zoning maps via the Wendel Duchscherer website also proved fruitless.
The board will be accepting comments on the rezoning until Jan. 7, the night of its reorganization meeting.