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Committee doesn’t make recommendation

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 19, 2008
— When the Bradford Town Board takes up a proposed expansion to Cecilia’s Golf Course on Wednesday, it will do so without a formal recommendation from the planning and zoning committee.

Groups have made applications to the town for zoning changes and conditional-use permits to turn farmland into nine golf course holes and 52 residential properties at Cecilia’s on Emerald Grove Road off Highway 14.


Only committee members Ralph Wetmore and Leland Peich on Monday night discussed the proposal. Member Curt Oleston was absent, and members Josh Tracy and Jim Churchill recused themselves.


Wetmore and Peich shared their opinions on the project for the town board to consider at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradford Town Hall, Carvers Rock Road and Bradford Town Hall Road.


After responding to residents’ concerns about traffic, taxes and school impact, Wetmore said he favors the project as a package.


Peich called the plan “awfully ambitious” and “overwhelming.” He supports the golf course expansion but not the residential development.


The applications:


-- Wellnitz Farm Trust, with M&I Trust Co. as trustee, applied to rezone 40 acres from prime agriculture to rural residential.


-- Tracy and Sons Farms made the same application on 33 acres.


-- Wellnitz Farm Trust, with M&I Trust Co. as trustee, applied for a conditional-use permit on 80 acres to allow golfing in an agricultural zone.


Cecilia’s Golf Course owner Mike Kerig would have to buy property from the trust to expand, but the trust’s terms do not allow the sale at this time. The board could grant the permits on the condition that the sale be closed.


If you go

What: Bradford Town Board meeting.


When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Where: Bradford Town Hall, Carvers Rock Road and Bradford Town Hall Road.


What’s next: The board could take action on a proposal to expand Cecilia’s Golf Course in Emerald Grove.



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