At its Sept. 14 meeting, the Arcadia Town Board approved a request by the Humane Society of Wayne County for a special-use permit to construct and operate a pet crematorium and cemetery at 7194 Old Lyons Road,

Plans to build a pet crematorium and cemetery have been approved by the Arcadia Town Board.

At its Sept. 14 meeting, the board approved a request by the Humane Society of Wayne County for a special-use permit to construct and operate a pet crematorium and cemetery at 7194 Old Lyons Road, following the reopening of a public hearing on the topic.

A public hearing was held at the board’s Aug. 10 meeting. About 10 residents attended and asked for more information about the project. The board adjourned the hearing until its September meeting to give residents an opportunity to review the plans.

Supervisor Dick Colacino said he had spoken with several residents whose properties are near the location of the proposed project and was told they appreciated having the time to research the plans.

“It’s a good thing we did, and I’m glad we did it,” said Colacino.

At the September meeting, there were no objections by residents to the project. The board subsequently approved the permit to the humane society.

Mark Plyter, executive director of the humane society, said the organization was interested in the project as a way to earn revenue.

“We need to do things to ensure our presence in Wayne County for many years to come,” he said.

The crematorium will be completely secluded from the road and will be available to local veterinarians, as well as to residents on an appointment basis, he said. The nearest crematorium available to Wayne County veterinarians is in Rush, he added.

The pet cemetery, which will be called Canalside Memorial Park, will have a gate and be open from dawn to dusk. It will be open to everyone to use, said Plyter.

“We’re looking to make it a serene, park-like setting,” he said. “It’s very evident that pets are seen more like family members now. People are looking to memorialize them.”

The next step for the project will be to get quotes from contractors to likely begin work in the spring, said Plyter.