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City, neighborhood must cooperate to repair entrance

They are grand reminders of a time gone by, but time itself has not been kind to them.

Stone entrances to a number of streets, both in the city and in the suburbs, have deteriorated and are in need of repair.

After a recent Fix It column focused on that issue, a resident of a Buffalo neighborhood contacted The News about a similar problem on his street.

Citing its intriguing detail and historic value, Ray Clark said that the stone entranceway to Penhurst Parky was deteriorating to the point that residents feared it could become a safety issue.

"The wall was created for the Pan-American Exposition to distinguish the Penhurst [Park] entranceway," Clark wrote Fix It.

"The distinguished stone wall is in grave need of repair, and we are at a crossroads to find out who is responsible for the repair."

The city is aware of the problem, according to acting Public Works Commissioner Daniel E. Kreuz, and is working with North Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr.'s office to resolve it. The problem is that the city can only fix the portion of the entrance that is on the city's right of way.

"The city cannot legally spend tax dollars on private property," he said, so some private funding will be necessary.

Kreuz said he plans to have a meeting this week to discuss cost estimates.


In a related matter, Fix It received a call last week from Amherst Town Engineer Jeffrey S. Burroughs with an update on the stone entrances to Roycroft Boulevard in Snyder, which we wrote about in an earlier column.

Burroughs said that project, and a number of others, are on hold because of a civil service action brought by employees of the town's Highway Department, who filed an improper practice complaint against the town after it did a similar repair on Le Brun Road using non-town workers.

He said while they know the Roycroft entranceway is in bad shape, "We're kind of stuck until that's decided."

The town has received grant money from Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds' office to help with the project, he said.

Fix It is here to help get action on the small, bothersome infrastructure problems people encounter in their everyday travels. To report something that needs fixing, call the Fix It line at 849-6026, e-mail or write to Fix It c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203. Fix It considers every suggestion received but is not able to respond to everyone who sends them in.

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