Neighbors unclear about nursing home plans

Audrey Hughes, another Cedar Lane resident, said she talked to a county official who said the facility will not be built on a popular sledding hill on the site " something that had concerned some residents. She said nursing home residents love to watch children sledding there She said she simply wants "to know what is going on."

Resident Raymond Collar said the 2009 county resolution "seems pretty explicit" in stating that the facility would be built on the existing site. He questioned whether the plan now includes a comprehensive nursing home, with the old building not being demolished.

Town Attorney Michael Cuevas said the site definition in the resolution could be interpreted to mean any area on the landowner's existing parcel and not just the location of the current building.

"Can the County Legislature do whatever they want to do?" asked Councilman Mark Quinn.

Koetzle said since it is county land and the County Legislature is a higher branch of government, ultimately it can surpass any approval from the Town Board.

"The power of the resident is the most powerful form of government," said Koetzle. "I would be opposed to disturbing open space.""

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