The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

February 14, 2014

Shelby approves land purchase adjacent to Town Hall

Medina Journal-Register — The Shelby Town Board authorized an 18.5-acre purchase at its meeting Tuesday night.

After an executive session, the board approved the acquisition of the parcel of land on Salt Works Road, adjacent to the current Town Hall. The price for the vacant land was set at $15,000.

The future of that land is ripe with possibilities, and Town Supervisor Skip Draper said some ideas have already been discussed.

“We’ve tossed a lot of things around,” he said, noting that the town is nearly tripling its current parcel of land from 10 to 28.5 acres.

“One thing we’ve talked about is creating a fuel farm to possibly share with other municipalities,” Draper added. He also noted that the price of the vacant lot “dictated that purchasing it was the right thing to do.”

In other Shelby news, several rate changes were announced.

The water rates, which were raised by the Village of Medina in the fall, were also raised in the town. Since Medina is Shelby’s water supplier, the rates in the town reflected the change in the village.

The rate increased by 20 percent. 

“In fairness to the village, they hadn’t increased their rates since 2004,” Draper explained. When the village rates went up, the board village board members mentioned they would look to make much more modest rate changes in the future so as to avoid such drastic changes.

Resolutions were also adopted to allow the town to file grant applications with Rural Development for Water Improvement Area 10 and Water District 11.

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