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Watkins Glen planning board 09/16/09

Meeting:  The Watkins Glen Planning Board met Wednesday, Sept. 16 for 50 minutes.
Attendance:  All board members were present.  There were three members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board approved the preliminary site plan for Peter Honsberger to put up a Wood-Tex building at the Great Escape ice cream shop, on Franklin Street.  The board also gave the project a negative declaration on its potential impact to the environment and surrounding area.  Honsberger explained the supplier he buys from implemented a minimum $350 for purchases now.  He said he used to make weekly orders of things he needed, which was not over $350.  Honsberger said he needs the building to store the large amounts of supplies he now gets from one order.  He added it would not be for anything needing refrigeration.  A special public hearing will be held Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., after which the board will make a decision on the final site plan.  The board members said if they could they would just approve the project now because it is of little impact.
Discussion without action:  The planning board discussed how graduate Cornell University students would be doing a field study in the county with municipalities.  Watkins Glen Mayor Judith Phillips said it would fit right in with the village’s needs as they would be looking at the comprehensive plan.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting will Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.  A public hearing will be held Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. for Great Escape to put up a Wood-Tex building for storage.  

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