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Penfield to make vote public for Shadow Pines land

People living in the town of Penfield will have a say after all as to whether the town should buy the former Shadow Pines Golf Course. (WHAM photo)

Penfield, N.Y. (WHAM) - People living in the town of Penfield will have a say after all as to whether the town should buy the former Shadow Pines Golf Course. That could mean the town's plan to buy the property may be in jeopardy.

A petition was delivered to the town clerk with more than 1,100 signatures to make a vote on the purchase of the land a public one.

Residents said they want the opportunity to vote on the town board's resolutions to buy the land for $3.6 million and use it as a green space.

For more than a year, residents near the golf course have worried about its future, especially with plans in Webster moving forward. The land there will turn a golf course into a new neighborhood.

"We have the right to vote," said Robert Wrona of Penfield. "Here is six people making a decision for thousands, and I don't think it's right."

Neal Madden, with "Right to Vote Penfield," helped gather the 1,100 signatures. 13WHAM was there as he submitted the petition Wednesday afternoon.

"It's only about the chance for the voters to vote on the question of the town borrowing the money to buy Shadow Pines," he said.

In October, the town formally sent a letter of intent to purchase the 211-acre property from its current owner, The Dolomite Group, which owns a nearby quarry. Dolomite says it wants to close the deal by the end of January.

At a town board meeting Wednesday, the town said it cannot meet that deadline because of the petition.

"The residents have spoken on that," said Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "Now, what we'll do is continue negotiating and ask for an extended time for closing, and that will either happen or not happen."

LaFountain says the town must make a compromise with Dolomite before a vote occurs. He said that has not yet happened.

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