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Town sets public hearings on zoning law and tax levy limit override

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WEST CARTHAGE — The town of Champion set two public hearings, approved a union contract and named a road at its Sept. 3 meeting.

At the recommendation of Planning Board Chairman Peter J. LaBarge, the Town Council set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Oct. 7 to solicit public comment regarding a zoning law amendment.

The change concerns the area requirements for parcels in R-1 and R-2 zones with both public water and sewer service available. Changing the required frontage from 125 feet to 60 feet would make development more feasible and would maximize the utilization of the existing infrastructure.

There also will be a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. at the October meeting for the public to speak about overriding the tax levy limit established by state law.

Supervisor Terry L. Buckley said he does not think the town will use the override, and said this action was only precautionary.

As suggested by Town Historian Lynn M. Thornton, the council used the name Storrs Road for a highway running perpendicular to South Lake Road. Col. Lemuel Storrs was an early settler of Champion who was credited with giving the town’s board of trustees a parcel of land on which a meeting house was erected.

Also, approval was given for the Teamsters Union contract for the town’s Department of Public Works employees. The new contract calls for an increased starting pay from $18.24 to $18.60 per hour, and a change in health care to use a health reimbursement account.

The council also approved a Justice Court Assistance Program grant application for $30,000 as requested by Justice Dennis G. Quinn. If awarded, the funds will be used to replace carpeting and add electrical outlets.

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