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Group homes will not be built in Brant

BRANT — A pair of group homes for the intellectual and developmentally disabled, which were formerly discussed for the town of Brant, will not be built.

The houses are being constructed by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled and will also house lawbreakers.

According to the Brant Board, during its most recent meeting, there had been talks of erecting two five-bedroom group homes within the town of Brant. The homes were initially going to be located at 110097 Erie Road.

When it was discovered that children were living across the street from that location, the construction was ceased.

Town Clerk Barb Daniel said that she was contacted regarding property along Route 5, but was unsure as to whether or not the calls were pertaining to the proposed group homes.

Supervisor Leonard Pero said that Community Services’ deadline was in August and that the town has not had any contact from that company in months. He added that he and Code Enforcement Officer Gary Brecker believed the group home(s) could be moving to the town of Evans.

“They are not going to be built within [Brant],” Pero said. “There’s not much more to it than that. The group home going to Evans was something we heard, but we don’t know that for sure. We kept making it hard for them and they had to do something by August. I wasn’t for it, because of the safety and the welfare of the community. There wasn’t a proper place within the town for these homes, to be honest, because they would have been without water and without sewer. The locations they were talking about would not have worked within our community.”

Brecker said, “I believe the reason for this is that there isn’t much access to public sewers, here in the town of Brant. They are all in the village of Farnham. The town of Evans has quite the network of public sewers, a much broader network than we have, here in our town. They shied away from the lots we were proposing them to build on, because they didn’t have access to private water and private sewers.”

Pero said that he believes this new arrangement is a win for the town of Brant and its residents.

“We’re a small community and, as a supervisor and leader of this community, I look out for the welfare and safety of our residents,” he added.

In other news:
– A request for bids to lay a concrete floor in the municipal garage, located behind the town hall, will be sent out.

– The supervisor’s tentative budget showed a $0.10 per 1,000 decrease in the town’s tax rate.

– Joseph DeCarlo was appointed as town assessor for a new, six-year term, to end on Sept. 30, 2019.

– The highway department’s 1979 International 184 Loboy Tractor with loader and Turf tires was declared surplus.

– The board approved the placement of a link to the Lake Shore Central School District tax payment system of the town’s website.

– Pero announced that the committee for former town judge, the late Peter Gugino, will consist of the entire town board. Town resident Neil Ross suggested that the new committee obtain a plaque, dedicating the courtroom in Gugino’s name. Pero appointed Ross as a committee member.

The next Brant Town Board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.

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