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October 17, 2012

Complaints dominate city budget hearing

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Tonawanda News — And Elizabeth Latacki of Taylor Drive brought up a new issue concerning the site.

“Amigone Crematory is thinking about moving not far down from there,” she said. “And people in the town near Sheridan Drive were complaining about that, in addition to Tonawanda Coke not being far, either.”

Despite the proximity of the development to neighborhoods where residents have seen sickness and higher cancer rates caused by environmental issues, Council President Carleton Zeisz said it won’t affect the building of homes at the site. 

“So it’s OK for everybody to live with who is already here, but it’s not okay for people who are coming here?” he said. 

Latacki quickly retorted. 

“Would you spend that much money for a house to go outside, wipe off dirt off your car, and be like — oh, that’s Mr. Smith from the crematory, he died yesterday?” she said. “I wouldn’t.” 

The council has six more weeks to negotiate with Natale before the contract is up. 

“It will come to a head either way,” Zeisz said. 

The council also discussed Smoke on the Water’s request to build a parking lot in a section near the turn at Young Street and Delaware Street.

“They will have to go through a planning and zoning public hearing,” Zeisz said. “It may take a while, but we want to do it the right way.”

If the request succeeds, a licensing agreement would be put in place, with the owners of the restaurant agreeing not to build any permanent structures in the area.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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