by Lisa Capobianco
A public hearing is underway for a bond ordinance appropriating $935,000 to buy 427 Pleasant Street—the horse farm property next door to DePaolo Middle School.
During a recent meeting, the Town Council voted unanimously to approve a public hearing on the bond ordinance, which will take place later this month. Council members also voted for a referral to the Planning and Zoning Commission on the bond ordinance, and a referral for the contract to buy the property.
“We’ve been working on that for a couple of years,” said Town Manager Garry Brumback during the meeting. “I’m thrilled to bring forward that opportunity for us as a town and our residents.”
Town Councilor Chris Palmieri said the property will serve as a great benefit for the town and the schools. Although no specific details on possible uses of the property have been released yet, Palmieri said he could see the open space purchase being used as an asset for a potential program in the middle school or even the high school.
“It’s a great asset for the town,” said Palmieri, adding that he would like to see the land itself being preserved.
The property of Pleasant View Stables which the town will acquire currently occupies a little over seven acres, said Attorney Richard Krezel, who represents Anthony Faryniarz, the owner of the horse farm. Krezel said the owner, who has remained inactive on the farm for awhile, had planned to close his business. The owner’s son, Paul Faryniarz, has currently served as the farm’s caretaker.
“It’s part of a long-term plan he had,” said Krezel, adding that the horse farm previously served as a dairy farm in the past. “He wished to dispose all of the land at some point.”
Currently there are six remaining horse boarded at Pleasant View Stables. Krezel said they will have several months to relocate their horses after the farm’s closing, which is expected to take place by the end of June. Until then, it is business as usual.
A public hearing on the bond ordinance will take place Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m. in the Municipal Center.