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Cortlandville Rezoning Proposal Draws Concern, Developer Praises Board

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Developer David Yaman praised members of the Cortlandville Town Board for helping the approval process move forward for a new manufacturing facility in South Cortland.

The medical products company hoping to move in needs access to what’s called a “clean room” by August and the rest of the facility operational by October.

During its meeting Wednesday evening, the Board extended its Solar Power moratorium another two weeks, until its April 18 meeting, when it hopes the County will respond and a public hearing can be held.

The Town Attorney read a letter enlisting the help of state lawmakers to fight the proposed expansion of a gravel pit in the southeast part of town. The expansion is regulated by the DEC, but in this case, the town is telling Albany it’s worried the mining will impact the aquifer, near two of the town’s three wells.

On the topic of aquifer water, the town has asked for permission to increase by about a third the amount of water it pumps every day – a jump from a million to 1.3-million gallons, as the town prepares for an expected increased demand.

In other items – the Town will monitor the Tops bankruptcy so the holding company running the supermarket chain pays its Town water and sewer bills under its Chapter 11 filing.

Several residents spoke about Board plans to rezone an area on Tompkins Street.

Byrne Dairy has expressed interest in building one of its convenience store gas stations, and a rezoning of the area could allow that to happen.

Those who spoke at the Town Board meeting call the idea illegal spot zoning and expressed concern for protecting the aquifer.

The night before, Cortlandville Planning Board members refused to endorse the change, sending individual letters to the Town Board.

Supervisor Dick Tupper made a special point saying the Town Board move is NOT to open a gas station over the aquifer, just to rezone the area in an effort to encourage business development.

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