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Water mains work approved

Timberlake Drive residents got good news from the Orchard Park Town Board on Wednesday night.

Board members said the town will replace the water main on their street that has had 27 breaks in the last 20 years.

"Please be patient with us a little longer and you will see," Councilman Eugene Majchrzak said.

The board agreed to take out a bond anticipation note this summer for the work, and Supervisor Janis Colarusso said the board will schedule a public hearing for Aug. 15.

It would take about a year for final plans to be made and bids to be let, and work could be completed next year.

Residents had complained to the Town Board in the past and attended the board's last two meetings, pleading for help.

Resident Mary Jude Eck-Sovinski also emailed town officials early last Thursday morning that there was another water main break, the third this month.

The Erie County Water Authority notified the town in 2009 that the main should be repaired. The area is part of a lease-managed area, where the water authority supplies the water and the town is responsible for the upkeep of the lines.

The cost to replace the line in the whole street will be about $500,000, said Town Engineer Wayne Bieler.

The discussion came during the board's review of capital projects with the town's outside accountant, Wayne Drescher. The review is done twice a year.

A recent audit by the state comptroller's office found the town has about $1.4 million "sitting idle" in 18 capital project funds.

The audit recommended the town monitor the progress of each project, close out inactive funds. Drescher said that Wednesday's meeting is proof that the town is monitoring the capital projects.

"If they're asking for transparency, this is about as transparent as it can get," Drescher said. 
He said the state auditors feel the public pays more attention to the general fund.

"We're saying aren't we doing the same thing? We thought it was more transparent in Orchard Park," he said.