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DRUM REMOVAL COST VEXES HOMEOWNER MYSTERY CONTAINERS DUMPED ON PROPERTY IN SLOAN

A Sloan woman Tuesday told the Village Board said it could cost her $700 to have two 20-gallon drums that were dumped on her property in September analyzed, then removed.

Ann Dewyea of 2215 Broadway said Tuesday she was informed by Martin L. Doster, regional hazardous waste remediation engineer for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, that the contents of the drums could be analyzed at a cost of $300 and if found to be toxic, removed by the DEC for another $300 to $400.

"This is ridiculous," Ms. Dewyea said. "You have to pay a fortune for something someone else dumped on your property."

Doster notified Ms. Dewyea in a letter that limited "Superfund" money could be available for the analysis and removal, and if it wasn't available, she would be responsible for all costs.

The drums were dumped mysteriously on Ms. Dewyea's property on the corner of Broadway and Curtiss Street in September. She has no idea who dumped the drums and has been trying since October to have them removed.

Employees of the Village Highway Department were advised by the DEC in November not to remove the drums because the contents were unknown and the drums are on private property.

"I can't put my men in jeopardy," Highway Superintendent Tony Sisti had told Ms. Dewyea.

The Village Board agreed Tuesday to recommend to the DEC that the drums be analyzed and removed at no cost to the Sloan resident.

"Its really no one's fault," Sloan Mayor Madeline Sicignano said. "Hopefully we'll get this situation straightened out."

Ms. Dewyea said she now must notify the DEC if she wants the drums analyzed.

In other business the board:

Agreed to hold voter registration for the March election on March 9 in the Village Hall, 425 Reiman St. Registration previously was held in village fire halls.

Authorized payment of $26,861 to Mezzini Construction of Cheektowaga for repairs to the municipal building.

Invited residents to participate the in the annual community carol sing at 6 p.m. Sunday beginning at St. Andrew's Church on Crocker Street.

Granted permission to the John F. Kennedy High School National Junior Honor Society and French Club to go caroling in the village from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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