Residents heckle Penfield supervisor over golf course purchase

December 06, 2017 06:18 PM

There were heated moments at a meeting in Penfield on Tuesday over the town's plan to buy the Shadow Pines golf course.

"You had two years -- why can't we talk, we're residents?" one man asked Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "You had two years and you couldn't have done a referendum during that two year period?"

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The town called the news conference to provide a timeline of events from when Shadow Pines closed in 2015 through their most recent efforts to purchase the property.

The Penfield town supervisor says they have a hard closing date with the seller Dolomite of January 31. Because of this, the town does not have time to hold a public referendum.

But they could be forced to if the town gets a petition with 685 or more signatures by December 20.

"If we're not able to get the timeline extended -- provided we get the petition then -- there is a high likelihood that they will then go to another buyer," says LaFountain. "They'll sell the property and they'll be looking to develop that property."

"The town has had two years to discuss this," says Samuel Ogie, Penfield resident. "It had been overwhelmingly in favor of open space. If there were time to have a referendum, I'm confident we would win the referendum for open space. It's unfortunate we find ourselves in this position where Dolomite is imposing a deadline that would not allow that."

Residents have the opportunity to weigh in at the town board meeting Wednesday night. It starts at 7 p.m.


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