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N. Tonawanda street to get new surface


In March, we wrote about East Avenue in North Tonawanda, specifically a short section at the end of the roadway.

In the 15 months that it has been appearing in The Buffalo News, Fix It has been alerted to many horrendous roads in Western New York, but few compared to this crater-filled street, which serves two going businesses, Armstrong Pumps and Buffalo Pumps.

At the time, North Tonawanda Mayor David Burgio said the city had yet to put together its summer paving program and he wasn't sure what streets would be done. He did promise to patch the bigger holes.

Mike Goodman, Armstrong's safety director, first brought the problem to our attention -- after he said he "talked, begged and pleaded" with city officials. He wrote a follow-up e-mail last week.

Several weeks after the item appeared in Fix It, Goodman said the city still hadn't patched any of the larger holes, so he contacted Common Council President Brett Sommer.

"He drove down our road later that evening and responded that we had a serious problem and had the Department of Public Works install cold patch the following day," Goodman wrote.

By the end of August, those patches were deteriorating, so Goodman said he called Sommer again.

This week, East Avenue was stripped down to gravel, and Goodman said the city is expected to put the new pavement in within the next week.

Goodman -- and Fix It -- would like to thank Sommer for his effort.

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Water continues to plague the colored lighting in the splash pad in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a problem that Fix It described about two weeks ago, but electricians aren't giving up.

For several weeks, crews have replaced bulbs, broken lenses and sockets. Yet the lights, which are on timers with the water jets, won't stay on.

"There's a short somewhere in the electrical system that keeps tripping the breaker," Erie County Parks Commissioner Andrew Sedita said. "We have even talked to the people who installed it. We can't seem to locate the short."

Electricians were on site again this week, Sedita said, adding, "We're on top of this."

Fix It helps readers of The News expose "small picture" problems in their day-to-day environment and get them resolved. To report such situations, leave a voice mail message on the Fix It line at 849-6026, e-mail, or send a letter to Fix It, c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203.

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