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Drainage change raises concerns

Timothy Arlington, president of Apex Consulting, told a handful of residents and the Town Board Thursday that he has changed drainage plans for the third phase of the Laurelton Park subdivision.

Residents living on Grauer Road, which abuts the subdivision, said they still had doubts. The residents have complained of drainage problems even before Brookshire Development Corp. began the subdivision.

"They're worried, for good reason, that this will cause them more grief than they currently have," Supervisor Steven C. Richards said.

Sixty-six homes are proposed in the third phase, in addition to the 22 already built, Richards said.

Arlington had originally proposed constructing two drainage ponds on the property, which is near the town park. However, Town Board members said they did not want more open ponds in the town.

The town recently built a pond in the park to alleviate drainage problems in the area.

Arlington also said drainage will be sent over to the town park's pond via an underground drainage system.

Town Engineer Robert Lannon Jr. agreed that Arlington's proposal should work if the abutting residents agree to let his firm check to see that their drainage pipes will also help let the water drain from Laurelton Park, across their properties and into the drainage system in the town park.

Richards said he plans to hold a public hearing on the matter at the board's regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

However, the Town Board will not vote on the matter until all questions are answered, he said.

In other matters, Donald J. Smith, vice president of Urban Engineers of New York, told the Town Board the plans for reconstructing the Tuscarora Road bridge and its approaches are complete.

The next step in the process is for the Town Board to enter into an agreement with the state to construct the bridge, with construction costs estimated at $2.37 million, Smith said.

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