Residents also asked Savage to bring legislation she drafted to declare the field as forever wild for a vote, but after the meeting Savage said when the time is right she'd present the resolution for a vote. She said the process of converting an area into parkland takes more than "a few months."
There were no amendments presented before voting on the SEQR determination, which passed 10-1 with Minority Leader Robert Farley voting against the resolution and four legislators absent. Ray Gillen, commissioner of the county's Economic Development and Planning Department, said the SEQR application states the home will be built in front of the current facility and won't affect the open space concerning residents.
"I think the site plan shows we don't come anywhere near the field. The actual impact of the home is less than the current home," said Gillen. "We are building in front, so we are as far from the hill as you can get now."
While nothing was stated to be "concrete" at the presentation given in January, Gillen said the site plan was presented at the meeting, which was the overheard layout of where the building would be placed.
"It was as detailed as the site plan gets," said Gillen about the material presented at the meeting.
At the same earlier meeting, County Manager Kathleen Rooney said there wasn't a site plan, because the county is only at the beginning level of the design, but it appears what was presented is what the county is using as a site plan.
"This is the project, this is the project that is moving forward," said Gillen about the discussed concept presented at the meeting, which was followed through in the SEQR process.
Savage said construction is hoped to begin in the spring or summer, which entails moving Hetcheltown Road in front of the building out 90 feet to meet town requirements and create a buffer space for safe removal of the old facility.