Representatives of Apex Consulting of Lockport gave a brief update Monday night on remediation plans for Murder Creek at a Newstead Town Board work session.
Engineer Timothy W. Arlington, owner of the firm, and David Stutz, landscape designer, said the creek's embankment -- which slopes down from Main Street to Brooklyn Street -- would be stabilized with plantings of more "vegetative material." And Stutz said areas around Village of Akron storm drains would be supplemented with stone rip-rap "to dissipate drainage evenly over the slope."
The work session included an audience of a few village officials, the village engineer and a few residents affected by the project.
Newstead and Akron successfully applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an $800,000 "mitigation grant" to shore up the embankment, which eroded in the snowstorm of October 2006.
The town, lead agency on the project, hired Apex to survey the affected area, supervise soil borings and prepare an engineering analysis and do preliminary design work for the project, which will also include installation of a stone retaining wall at the base of the embankment that will be pinned to the creek's bedrock.
The Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District has also been involved in project planning.
Some trees and other vegetation are expected to be removed from the site. Stutz said a chemical application will be used only on clusters of the invasive Japanese knotweed, mostly at the west end of the project. The only trees expected to be removed from the area are bare, have no bark or are leaning precipitously.
The town will be responsible for maintenance of the area after an as-yet-undetermined period that will allow time for new plantings to take root.
A contract for the work might be awarded by spring, when the town had hoped some construction could begin.
At the board's regular business meeting, Councilman Richard Baran reported that 98 percent of graffiti painted on the rear of the Newstead Library last month has been removed. He said the work needed to correct the vandalism is estimated at $20,800. He also said village police are still working on leads on who is responsible.
The board also passed an addendum to its agreement with the Town of Clarence for temporary backup code enforcement services. Because the town needs "additional services beyond the scope of the agreement," the board authorized an addendum in which Newstead will reimburse Clarence "for the full cost of services" it provides "including all benefits beyond an initial six hours of service."
The board also revoked a special-use permit granted in February 2009 to the Buffalo Gun Club to operate a shooting club in an abandoned quarry on Billo Road. The project has never been realized, and there has been no request from the gun club to extend the permit.