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TOWN OKS 2 DRAINAGE PROJECTS

Two drainage projects were approved by the Town Board on Monday, while action on another more expensive one was delayed for more discussion.

A plan to alleviate flooding in the Balla and Clescent drives area would cost the town about $155,000 in materials if town crews did the installation work, according to Town Engineer Tim Walck of Wendel Engineers. Walck told the board the area is suffering from clogged and undersized drainage pipes and needs a larger line to reduce water levels during heavy rains.

He recommended a 36-inch line to run along Balla to Willow Lake in the southern portion of the town drainage project.

Supervisor Timothy Demler asked a group of homeowners from the area to meet with officials to discuss the plan at a special meeting in about a week at the Community Center.

Drainage has been a controversial issue in Town Hall this year with record rainfalls causing back yards and basements to flood.

Much of the problem has been blamed by officials and residents on the construction of numerous subdivisions. Walck's recommendation for a $31,000 study of nearly five miles of drainage network along Nash Road was approved unanimously.

Walck said he would study about 25,000 feet from Woodland Drive to Niagara Falls Boulevard to determine what size line would be needed. The most likely remedy would be parallel ditch or parallel pipe, he said. The other plan approved involves putting in a 30-inch line on the west side of Ward Road from Krueger Road for $18,500.

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