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Mobile home park residents voice concern over effect of quarry blasts

Owners of a manufactured housing park on Tuscarora Road sat down with residents Thursday night to listen to concerns about the effect of nearby quarry blasting on their homes and work that has yet to be completed in the park.

The meeting was the first time residents of Tuscarora Village Mobile Home Park said they were able to have a lengthy dialogue with the park's owners to discuss the problems.

George DaGraca, a member of the limited liability corporation that owns the park, said he would look into the concerns but did not know what to do about the impact of blasts from a nearby Lafarge North America quarry.

"We can't do anything about it," James Martin, who is also a member of the Tuscarora Village Mobile Home Park LLC, told the residents. "We have no control over it." Residents say they were never told that the quarry blasts rock before they purchased the manufactured houses. They have dozens of photographs documenting cracked cement under the houses, broken windows and damaged ceilings.

They have sought the help of State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, D-Lewiston, to reduce the blasting levels and to ensure new homeowners are informed of the issue before they purchase homes.

"We are not here to fight against Tuscarora Village. I happen to like living out here," said Rhea Whitfield, president of the Tuscarora Village Homeowners Association. "But I also want to keep my investment sound. We could have talked about this a year ago and had this all done."

Tuscarora Village is currently completing the first phase of development and is seeking approval from the town to move to a second phase that would double the number of homes in the park.

The park currently has 59 families, DaGraca said.

The Niagara County Department of Health cited Tuscarora Village in a May 25 letter for damage to cement blocks under 19 manufactured homes. DaGraca said the park has contacted the state's Building Codes Division to determine whether the Health Department had jurisdiction to cite the structures.

William E. Poole, manager of the Lafarge site, said Monday the company is attempting to reduce its impact on nearby homeowners. Lafarge representatives are scheduled to meet with town officials and Maziarz today.

Lafarge is in compliance with its Mined Land Reclamation permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, according to the state agency.

e-mail: djewell@buffnews.com

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