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Colden board hears Bread of Life expansion plans

COLDEN—The Bread of Life Outreach Center in Colden announced its future plans on expansion during the March 9 Colden Town Board meeting.

Executive Director of the Bread of Life Outreach Center Pat Thoman said the center has been at their current location in Colden since 2009 and serves about 100 client families per month with supplies of food and clothing through their food pantry and thrift shop. The Bread of Life building is currently owned by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Thoman said they will be submitting a purchase offer for the building in the next couple of weeks with the goal to expand and handle the current growth of Bread of Life.

If they are able to own the building, Thoman said they would like to do some structural changes to the rectory next door, which will allow them to expand the space and the number of services they offer to the community. Once they own the building, Thoman added that they would also be able to apply for grant money and continue their future plans.

“In order to expand the services that we would like to provide for the community, we need to own the property,” Thoman said. “We want to be able to bring in other services and other groups so we can be a community center for the Colden community and have an anchor for the town based right in the heart of the town.”

Supervisor James DePasquale addressed the board about the property at 8680 State Road and the board approved to set up a public hearing on April 6 at 7 p.m. in regard to “the condition of the property and the risk to public safety within the Town of Colden.” Code Enforcement Officer John Kotlarsz reported the town is looking to have all of the debris cleaned up around the house, but will also inspect the house “with a fine tooth comb” to see if it is deemed unsafe enough to possibly be taken down as well.

Residents at the meeting discussed their displeasure for the 8680 State Road property – along with other properties in Colden – and the length of time it has taken for anything to get cleaned up. Numerous residents said that debris from these properties is blowing into Cazenovia Creek and is decreasing the values of neighboring homes. More should be done to combat these negative effects, residents said.

DePasquale said the town has been doing everything in their power to get the properties taken care of, but the final decision comes from the courts.

“We have to be able to come here and say we are all in this together and we can’t wait any longer … years and years you wait and it’s just a mess and it keeps growing and growing,” said one resident. “It’s not right and it shouldn’t take years to figure out … tell me what to do and tell me how to handle it because I just don’t know anymore.”

The next Colden Town Board meeting will be Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Colden Town Hall, 8812 Route 240 in Colden.

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