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Town asks Iroquois to heed complaints

The Elma Town Board, responding to numerous complaints from Wood-ard Road residents, Wednesday directed that a letter be sent to the Iroquois Central School District asking it to pay attention to the residents' concerns about the athletic field project.

Supervisor Michael Nolan said residents are worried that a 4-foot-deep retention pond near the road could overflow and damage the road or drain onto neighboring properties.

A berm promised in front of one resident's home is only a foot high, Nolan said.

Nolan said the school district is not accountable to the town, which has no control over the project that includes new softball, lacrosse and soccer fields on former farmland across from the Iroquois School campus on Girdle Road at the corner of Woodard.

The project was approved by voters three years ago, but development of the fields was held up for several months by the state when historical artifacts were discovered on the site.

Nolan emphasized that the state Education Department controls the project.

"We had asked the school engineer to come to the Planning Board as a courtesy, but they didn't have to," he said.

"Maybe if they had, they would have received some sound advice regarding berms, top soil removal, drainage and fencing," he added.

Nolan said that the retention pond is located in an area with a high water table and could have been situated somewhere else.

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