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Residents pleased that sewer troubles will be fixed

Some residents living on and near Rogers Road in the Town of Hamburg said they have lived with sewer problems for more than 20 years.

So when the Town Board approved a $2.1 million plan to correct the problems Monday night, more than a dozen of them applauded.

The board took the unusual step of approving the project the same night it conducted a public hearing, rather than waiting to allow for additional comments.

Approval from the public was overwhelming, and fast action might mean the problem is solved a few weeks earlier, Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli said.

Several residents questioned the need for any more studies, but Town Engineer Gerard M. Kapsiak said they are necessary to isolate the problems.

Attempts to solve the problem by lesser means several years ago proved to be inadequate, he said.

The town will borrow the money for the project, and the 7,129 properties in the Hamburg Master Sewer District will see their annual sewer charge increase by nearly $29, to about $302 for a typical $100,000 home.

Some of the work is required by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and involves replacing more than 1,700 feet of trunk sewer along Bayview Road at a cost of $863,000.

Providing sewer service along a portion of South Park currently served by septic systems will cost $450,000.

Residents complained of flooded basements and not being able to do laundry or take showers during rainy periods.

A public hearing on a plan to rezone six properties -- most of them with houses on them -- on South Park Avenue and Howard Road from General Commercial to Neighborhood Commercial received overwhelming support.

Residents are battling a plan to build an automotive garage on an adjacent lot (not subject to rezoning) and are upset their property was zoned commercial, although apparently it has been that way for as long as 30 to 40 years, according to Andrew Reilly, town planning consultant.

Neighborhood Commercial allows small businesses and would help strike a balance between commercial and residential areas, Reilly said.

The board took no action but made it clear it supports the plan.

The town will soon begin revising its master plan, Cavalcoli said.

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