Resident approaches Persia about proposed clinic



OBSERVER Staff Writer

PERSIA – Following in the footsteps of Gowanda village and school boards, Persia was the next municipality to discuss the proposed Zoar Valley Clinic. The proposed clinic at 42 Jamestown St. in the village of Gowanda was brought up at the monthly Persia Town Board meeting.

Resident Irene Koch brought up the matter on behalf of the Gowanda Area Concerned Residents for Smart Growth. Koch said the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review is the Gowanda Planning Board. Koch said she had questions about the planning board being eligible to serve as a lead agency on the SEQR since they are a recommendation board. Koch asked the town board to support the Concerned Residents for Smart Growth and go on record saying the correct procedures were not followed citing the correct steps were “blatantly ignored.”

Councilman Robert Dingman said he would like more information on the matter before taking action on the matter. Councilman John Walgus said he would like further information on the correct SEQR process before making a decision. Supervisor Paula Schueler moved to table the matter until October’s monthly meeting. The resolution passed unanimously.

In an unrelated matter, Pete Johnson of the Gowanda Ambulance Board provided an update about the building. He said the board is looking for a new home since their current home behind village hall is in need of some work. He said the board would like to get property donated and would need enough space for two ambulance bays, a meeting room, a bathroom, showers and a space for bunks. The board also approved Pioneer Forestry to perform a survey on 10.8 acres of town-owned property on Point Peter Road near Hawkins Road. The survey would determine if the parcel could potentially be harvested.

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