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SEWER LINES TO BE REPLACED IN ROAD WORK

Orchard Park officials are gearing up for replacing sewer lines in conjunction with the reconstruction of Routes 24 0/2 77 through the heart of the village.

The Village Board set aside $200,000 Monday, with $150,000 of the amount used to establish a capital projects account for water and sewer line improvements.

The other $50,000 was put aside for public improvements, such sidewalks.

Sewer replacement along the west side of Buffalo Road from Taylor Road to the Four Corners intersection could cost about $87,000, according to estimates the village received Monday.

Initially, village officials expected the work to cost $50,000 to $60,000, but trustees said they were pleased the estimate came in under $100,000.

Some aging sewer lines -- many installed 70 years ago -- are scheduled to be replaced, even though they are not affected by the work along North Buffalo Road.

Trustee Stephen N. Bray said that money needs to be set aside in the capital project account.

"We may have some unknowns that come up," he said.

Work, meanwhile, began Monday night on replacing water lines at Four Corners -- North Buffalo Road, South Buffalo Street and East and West Quaker street as part of the state Department of Transportation's $8 million, two-year road-reconstruction project.

Village Public Works Director Paul H. Barker said crews will work at the intersection from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the next three nights to avoid peak daytime traffic hours.

Once the project is completed, work will shift to Potter and Linwood avenues, Barker said.

Village officials said they still were negotiating with the developers who own the former Orchard Downs site at Four Corners to provide public parking on the property.

The village hopes to work out an arrangement to provide additional parking while utility work is under way on North Buffalo Road.

Bray said the the village and developers still were negotiating a lease and officials were still considering whether to move the fence off the sidewalk area and farther back onto the lot.

The developers, David Hart and Peter Krog, plan to put in a foundation for a building at the property before streetscape improvements begin along Route 24 0/2 77, village officials said.

The board also:

Tabled a proposal to rebuild Erie County's emergency communication system, which dates back to the 1950s.

County proponents of the plan have said emergency personnel are unable to communicate with each other in some areas of the county.

Trustees said they need more information and wanted to review it with the local board of fire commissioners and Orchard Park police before making a decision.

Decided to use federal community development block grant funding for rural transit van service used by several Southtowns communities, including Orchard Park.

Canceled its Nov. 12 meeting because of Veterans Day.

Its next meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 26.

e-mail: krobinson@buffnews.com

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