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CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER CONDITIONS AT OLD NIKE BASE

Concerns about current and former activity at Hamburg's Nike Base were brought to the Town Board Monday night.

The United Council of Hamburg Taxpayers Associations, in a letter to the Town Board, said the residents have a right to know whether they are in danger of coming in contact with hazardous substances at the former Nike base on Lakeview Road, now a recreation center and home to the highway and buildings and grounds departments.

Steve Strnad, president of the taxpayers' group, said the group is concerned over what may be left at the old silos from the Department of Defense, problems at the dumping area there, and the fly ash that is being made into a recreation hill.

"We hear different reports about activity, particularly with that fly ash," Strnad said. "We are documenting that activity."

Riefill Corp., a subsidiary of Pohlman Materials Recovery, has been building a 50-foot high sledding hill at the recreation site for about two years. Riefill is a mixture of fly ash, cement, sand and gravel that is mixed on site.

An estimated 180,000 cubic yards of Riefill will be needed, and Town Engineer Gerard M. Kapsiak said the company expects to continue constructing the hill for another year.

"Riefill is aware of the dust problem and they're trying to keep it under control," he said, adding the company wets down the fly ash on windy days.

Strnad said some residents have reported fly ash deliveries being made at night, and town officials said some trucks that were caught late in traffic were allowed to dump after business hours.

"Everything that has gone on that site has been approved by the DEC," Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak said, adding that monitoring wells are checked by the state.

Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli said residents who witness inappropriate activity at the site should contact the town.

Town Attorney Richard Boehm said the attorney hired by the town to look into possible contaminants left by the Department of Defense has received responses from inquiries to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency.

In other action, town officials said they were pleased that the low bid for much of the work on the Highland Acres Sewer District came in under estimates. J.D. Northrup Construction Inc. of Ellicottville was awarded the contract for the sanitary sewer collection system. The company's bid of $899,530, was the lowest of 10 bids.

"We were concerned the cost might be as much as $1.5 million," Cavalcoli said.

If the second part of the project, construction of the pump station, also comes in lower than estimates, town officials are hoping the state will allow the town to construct the second phase of the district, along Big Tree Road, as well.

The project was estimated to cost $2.3 million, which includes the estimate of $760,000 for the pump station.

Also Monday, the board approved the rezoning of 5.3 acres along Sowles Road from residential-single family to multifamily. Iris Housing Corp. plans to build 30 additional senior citizen housing units at 4153 Sowles Road.

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