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Large sections of water intake pipe that have been lying along East River Road on Grand Island have prompted County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, to press for action by the Niagara County Water District.

The pipes were was placed there last fall by the contractor hired by the district to install a new intake system planned to take water from the West River, across Grand Island and under the East branch to the Niagara County plant in Wheatfield.

The contractor has gone out of business, however, and the pipes have been untouched since then.

Since the bankruptcy, Swanick said in letters to members of the water district's administrative board, "the pipes have been a continual hazard to the local community." He said several accidents have been reported "with both automobiles and bicycles crashing into the pipes."

Swanick said he was told by John W. Burmaster, administrative director of the water district, that work would resume on the project by May 15.

"Recently," the legislator added, "I was informed that the bids will not even be opened until June 1 and work will begin some time after that."

Burmaster declined to comment on Swanick's letters, saying he did not "want to get involved."

Two members of the district's administrative board said they were unaware of the problem. Hartland Supervisor William A. Annable and Pendleton Supervisor Shirley R. Conner said the first they knew of the problem was when they received Swanick's letter Wednesday afternoon.

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