The January meeting of the Ellicottville Planning Board opened with a joint public hearing with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on four micro cell towers by Verizon.

The four locations of the towers are at Donlen Drive, Sky High, HoliMont Lodge and the Inn at Holiday Valley.

These micro cells are canisters that will be fixed to the top of utility poles for three of the sites and will be fixed to the roof of the Inn. They are roughly the size of a five-gallon bucket.

The sites need a zoning variance from the ZBA and referral to the County Planning Board for two of the sites.

There were no members of the public in attendance to comment.

The ZBA to declared the Planning Board Lead Agency in the State Environment Quality Review (SEQR). The ZBA also decided to table the decision on the Zoning Variance until their Feb. 7 meeting pending the decision from the County Planning Board.

A negative declaration in SEQR that there would be no significant environmental impacts also passed.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, Travis and Lis Mayer presented on their proposal for a Scandinavian Spa that would be on a five-acre parcel to be purchased from Win-Sum Corporation. It would be located at the end of Snowpine Drive behind the Inn at Holiday Valley and to skiers right of Sunrise Chairlift.

The project would entail five buildings. First would be a reception building with changing rooms, check-in, a cafe and warming kitchen. Second would be a massage building; third, a steam sauna with attached maintenance garage and utilities basement; fourth, a dry sauna; and last, a banya sauna.

There would be five spa pools for hot and cold therapy. They will be designed to look like natural springs as you would find in the Rockies. There will be lounge chairs on the terraces surrounding the spa pools including a rain shower and two bucket showers.

The application and site plans are extremely thorough with an extensive landscaping plan. The owners would be hiring all local contractors to do the work. They are aiming for a December 2020 opening.

This application was deemed complete and a public hearing was set for Feb. 25.

The next meeting of the Town Planning Board will be Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the town/village hall. The next meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals will be Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the town/village hall.