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Yukiguni Calls
Terms 'Reasonable'

By Nathan Mayberg
WURTSBORO — July 25, 2006 – Conditions have been set for permits which would allow the Yukiguni Maitake Manufacturing Corporation of America to build a mushroom plant on MacDonald Road in Wurtsboro.
Town engineer John O’Rourke and town planner Alan Sorensen laid out the conditions before the planning board on Thursday in a special meeting.
The board will review the requirements and discuss them at a future meeting, which has not been set yet.
The special use permit, if approved, will require the company to give a monthly report on its wells and water usage to the town. Leggette, Brashers and Graham, a firm out of New Jersey, will review the reports for the town. Yukiguni will be required to pay their fees for all of the work they do for the town.
A water conservation plan will have to be approved by the Delaware River Basin Commission. The plan will also be reviewed by the same firm.
The company is allowed to use up to 600,000 gallons of water a day as provided through a variance by the Zoning Board of Appeals, even though they were only asking to use up to 425,000 gallons of water in their environmental impact statement.
The town will also monitor the plant for noise and odor. The cost of hiring a firm to monitor the noise and odor will also have to be paid for by the applicant through the posting of bonds.
Yukiguni will be required to improve all of the roads impacted by construction within two years of final approval.
Sorensen said the applicant has provided some of the architectural renderings he requested. They have agreed to build the front entrance with material that will be aesthetically pleasing, he stated. The renderings still need to have a scale and the name of the company which drew them stamped onto it.
Another stipulation is that Yukiguni must remove its waste material four to five times each week.
Board member Gary Tetz questioned when the drought plan will be reviewed. O’Rourke said it must be approved before site plan approval is given. A permit from the Department of Health will also be necessary before they can build.
The company has 18 months to pay all fees and receive all of its permits and approval from outside agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC will be in charge of reviewing the company’s sanitary plans, including its septic system and treatment of wastewater.
Charles Bazydlow, the attorney representing the company, said he agreed with all of the conditions and called them reasonable. The board officially has until August 23 to make a decision but can receive an extension from the applicant if it needs to do so.
The conditions of the permit itself were not made available immediately by board attorney Langdon Chapman.

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