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Evans Town Board unanimously objects to home for offenders

EVANS — The Evans Town Board held a special meeting on Nov. 26. The board spoke to a room full of residents who were expressing opposition to a proposed facility for registered sex offenders.

Supervisor Keith Dash announced that the board officially objected to the proposed placement of a facility, tentatively scheduled to be built on Pontiac Road in Evans.

“It is the town board’s firm belief that there are sufficient similar facilities within our municipality to service any relevant need, and that [the] addition of another would place a further burden on the taxpayers of our town to provide basic services to such facility, alter the character of the neighborhood and further cause a relative concentration and saturation of such facilities in the town of Evans,” Dash said.

“While it is recognized that a need for the establishment of similar facilities has, in the past, existed and that such facilities serve a proper and just purpose fulfilled in the town of Evans by existing and established residences, the construction and placement of the additional proposed facility would alter the existing agricultural nature of the neighborhood, create a sense of unease to the existing residents [and] negatively impact the tax structure and the existing infrastructure of the town.”

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