Concerns Again Aired Over Proposed Village Business
FALCONER — A proposal to establish a metal processing and used auto parts facility in the village was met with more pushback during this week’s Village Board meeting.
In February, Rick Kress spoke to trustees during a work session meeting on bringing a new business to Falconer. He is looking at purchasing a property at 20 Cross St. to coincide with obtaining about 5 acres of adjacent land currently owned by Falconer for metal processing.
Several village residents expressed concerns last month about additional vehicle traffic and noise the business might bring to that part of the community.
Kress was not in attendance Monday, and his offer to obtain village-owned land was not taken up by Village Board members during the public portion of the meeting.
Mindy Zoghlin, a Rochester attorney representing a group she called “Friends of Falconer,” emailed a seven-page letter to all trustees and the village attorney and was present Monday. She believes scrap metal recycling is not permitted in an industrial district, where the facility is being eyed by Kress.
Zoghlin also noted that the facility is “not consistent with the village’s Comprehensive Plan.”
In her letter, she states: “One of the comp plan’s guiding principles is to make streets comfortable, safe, interesting, and useful for pedestrian travel, and to provide safe and efficient travel for motorists without compromising the safety and comfort of bicyclists and pedestrians.”
Further, she said the sale and site plan review would be subject to review under New York’s “State Environmental Quality Review Act.”
Zoghlin suggested the village-owned land on Cross Street would be better suited for a dog park. The village is still in the process of finding a site for a dog park after a plan to place one at Falconer Village Park was nixed.
Village Board members did not address Zoghlin’s comments during the public comment portion of the meeting. Trustees did go into executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss “village development proposal” though at least one other project has been taken up recently in Falconer.
In other Village Board business:
¯ Trustees were made aware that several juveniles had caused damage to a security camera and a structure at Falconer Village Park. The incident occurred the night of Feb. 20, Presidents Day.
“Bored on a nice day,” Carl Caprino, village DPW superintendent, said of the youths. He added that the structure was damaged from a fire that had been set underneath it.
Det. Kevin Pierce with the Ellicott Police Department told The Post-Journal that six juveniles have been charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of the vandalism incident. Police are attempting to locate a seventh individual who may have been involved.
The sixth juveniles were petitioned to Family Court.
¯ The 27th annual Village Spring Cleanup Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, rain or shine. Dumpsters will be located at the village Highway Garage; items that cannot be disposed of include electronic devices or tires of any type, while refrigerators must be tagged that all Freon has been removed.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Falconer Fire Department. Village residents are asked to bring their own rakes, brooms and gloves. Garbage bags will be provided, and lunch will be available for all workers.
¯ Falconer Public Library will host its escape room Friday to encourage middle and high school students to visit the young adult area at the facility. Additional time slots were added “as the response has been beyond what we expected,” Laurie Becker, library manager, said in her report to trustees.