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New Scotland schedules code hearing

"She has nothing to hide," Lauricella added, maintaining that Kormos.

Lauricella also said that Sphere has been openly critical of Kormos and said their actions regarding the matter "call into question their motives."

NS4SED President Daniel Mackay also took issue with Sphere, and town officials, stating that there was a push for Sphere's development before any word of it was made public.

Mackay cited meetings held in December, January and February between Sphere and town officials, which he said featured a request by town officials to the town engineer to set up an escrow account to cover the costs of engineering for Sphere's proposed development well before any public notice was made about developing land in the commercial zone.

Mackay took issues with the idea that "people were intending to move forward," by early February, before any discussion in front of the Town Board occurred.

"All of that was being set into motion before it was discussed in public," Mackay said.

Greg Widrick, a managing partner at Sphere, said no such agreement was struck.

"We never wrote a check," he said. "We would never do that [before a deal was made]."

"[Mackay] is trying to stir the pot when there is nothing to stir," Widrick said.

Widrick said NS4SED members are "irrational," and "think they can bully the town."

He also said NS4SED has communicated with a small group of dissenters of another project Sphere is undertaking in Hamilton and has become "obsessed" with Sphere.

Widrick added that Sphere would be content with a 100,000-square-foot cap on retail buildings, if there were "incentives" attached to it that would allow developers to exceed the cap in exchange for providing services to the municipality. Widrick said this is common in other municipalities.

"We don't need 219,000 square feet. We're not fighting for Wal-Mart here," Widrick said. "We're flexible, the other group [NS4SED] is not flexible.:

He said he is hopeful that the moratorium will come to a close a soon as possible, to eliminate the uncertainty about developing land in New Scotland.

A six-month extension of the moratorium, as previously discussed by town officials, is still on the table.""

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