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New homes in Elma cause concern

Residents of Ostrander and Girdle roads in Elma are worried that new home construction is creating water runoff and drainage problems for them. Wednesday, they took their complaints to the Town Board.

The two new homes were built by William Miller and his son on property sold to them by the owners of the old Baker Farm on Girdle Road. That land is on a hill, which might be the cause of the problem, homeowners said.

Doug Spink told the board a civil engineer should study the land — which he said is clay, shale and water sensitive –and do a survey and a drainage plan before any more building is allowed on the site.

Another neighbor, John Augustyniak, said his sump pump went on every 15 seconds this spring since the houses were built.

Another neighbor asked the board to consider forming a drainage district for the neighbors and was informed if this were to be, it would cost the neighbors in the drainage district for any improvements the town would make.

Supervisor Michael Nolan said Girdle Road is owned by Erie County and officials cannot find the culvert that is supposed to be there for drainage.

David Baker, who sold the land on which the houses were built, said his family has asked the county for years to fix the problem at that corner which the Bakers believe was caused in the 1940s when Jamison Road was rebuilt higher than it was originally.

In other matters, the board:

*Scheduled a public hearing for 7 p. m. Monday on a new law covering a retirement incentive program for eligible town employees. Board members said the plan could save the town money but did not disclose dollar figures.

*Awarded a bid for a new shelter for the Creek Road Park to ArcTec Builders for $15,046. The next bid came in at $23,000 from Modern Building Development.

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