East Aurora Village Administrator Patrick Richey said Monday night that the reconstruction of Elmwood Avenue is nearing completion. "Hopefully, it will be paved this week. . . . We need the cooperation of the weather," Richey said in response to a question from
Trustee Dale Wettlaufer.
The project was halted last year after Elmwood Avenue residents deluged the Village Board with complaints that the reconstruction was doing irreparable harm to the character of their street. Making the necessary corrections to the project, while at the same time addressing neighborhood concerns, has cost the village anywhere from $100,000 to $200,00, according to various figures offered by village officials over the last year. No final figures were available Monday night.
Among the original concerns brought forward by residents were the steeper grades of driveways the project was creating, the elimination of several mature trees and the overall undesirable effect the project would have on the street, which has many stately Victorian style homes. "The work on the street is substantially complete, except for landscaping," Richey told Wettlaufer.
The board also authorized the mayor to sign a contract with Wheelabrator EOS Inc. of Pittsburgh to operate the village's wastewater treatment plant at the foot of Mill Road.