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Town of Portland updating its comprehensive plan

April 28, 2016
By Ann Belcher (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The town of Portland is one step closer to being able to reveal its latest comprehensive plan.

The plan, which is currently in draft form, has been getting an update for the past several years as a committee of volunteers has been carefully piecing it together.

Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz noted at the recent town council business meeting, "It's a well-written plan that will serve this board, and future town boards on how we would like to see the town in future years. It's sort of a crystal ball, if you will."

The council held a public hearing recently for any public concerns, or questions about the comprehensive plan. No public comment or opposition was brought to the council members.

"There are some good recommendations in there. And the comprehensive plan committee feels they would like to see the next step put into place, which would be to form sub-committees to start working on implementation of some of the plans included in there."

Town Attorney Joel Seachrist, who is guiding the council through the legal process of adopting the plan, added that the town could benefit by being better prepared for grant applications with an official comprehensive plan on file.

He also reported to the council that he is waiting on official county documents before a final State Environmental Quality Review is undertaken so that the plan can be formally adopted.

In other matters, the council opened sealed bids for mowing of town properties and highway materials. After reviewing all qualified bids, the town awarded bids to Taylor Appel for mowing services and to Stan Betts Masonry and Construction for highway materials.

Town Clerk Roxanne Sobecki also announced the new and improved town website is now up and running. The address to access the site remained the same, and was reconfigured by Phil Giambra, a local technician whose services were obtained by the town to update and maintain the site.

Sobecki noted that the site is user friendly for residents and taxpayers, as well as town department heads, and that it will continue to be updated with the latest information concerning the town.

She also pointed out that copies of the Chautauqua County Travel Guide are available at her office, free of charge, and thanked those who put the guide together each year, noting that lots of valuable information on the town and surrounding communities are contained within.

The council will reconvene on May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Portland Town Hall.

 
 
 

 

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