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Watkins will start comprehensive plan work

WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen planning board, plus other appointees, will make up the committee to work on the village’s comprehensive plan.
Board chairperson Joseph Fazzary said Mayor Judith Phillips asked the planning board to be the committee in charge of the plan.  He said the board would do that.  Fazzary asked Phillips for the village board to authorize it, as well as allow the planning board to appoint other committee members.
At the meeting, Fazzary appointed two other members to the committee, and asked the planning board for four more suggestions.
Fazzary gave the board his suggestion on how to go about completing the comprehensive plan.  He said the board should have goals, and a timetable to complete the plan.  Fazzary added the state says this should take about a year to complete.  He suggested that any planning board meeting without a lot on the agenda be used to work on the comprehensive plan.
Board member Amedeo Fraboni suggested the planning board have a number of areas to focus on, including, government communication with the public, economic development, housing, recreation, culture/history, transportation, and natural resources.  Fazzary said comprehensive plans typically cover most of those areas.
The committee will look into getting help from a Cornell University student as well.  Clerk Donna Beardsley said the town of Hector has an intern from Cornell willing to put in hours for Watkins.  The board decided to meet with the student at the earliest possible time.
In other business:
• The board approved the final site plan for work at 313-315 North Franklin St.  The building is owned by Jim Guild and was damaged by fire.  Work will include a vestibule in the back of the building.  The planning board got the letter it requested from the neighboring building owner, approving that the work would affect the Shoemaker Building.  Guild said work would start this week, and that by fall the commercial spaces would be finished.  He added after that, work would move on to the apartments.
No one from the public attended the hearing for the project held during the meeting.
The next regular planning board meeting will be June 16, at 7 p.m. 

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